SLAXX to be World Premiered at Fantasia
Theatrical release in Québec on August 26th
Filmoption International and EMAfilms are pleased to announce that the film SLAXX will be a part of the renowned Fantasia Film festival and will be released in theaters on August 26th across Quebec and Canada. Directed by Elza Kephart, the film stars Romane Denis (Charlotte a du fun), Brett Donahue (Come Back), Sehar Bhojani (Coroner series), Stephen Bogaert (X Men Apocalypse) and Kenny Wong (Transplant).
SLAXX tells the story of a possessed pair of jeans brought to life to punish the unscrupulous practices of a trendy clothing company. Shipped to the company’s flagship store, SLAXX proceeds to wreak havoc on the staff, locked in overnight to set up the new collection. When the body count increases, the panicked staff disbands and begins their struggle for survival. It is up to idealistic and principled employee Libby to uncover the reason behind SLAXX’s blood thirst before its evil is released into the world.
Elza Kephart writes and directs horror and fantasy films. A graduate of Emerson College (Boston) and the Canadian Film Center’s Director’s Lab, Elza’s first feature film, Graveyard Alive, played in more than 20 international film festivals including Fantasia, Fantasporto and Sitges, winning the Kodak Cinematography Award at the Slamdance Film Festival. Her second feature, Go in the Wilderness, premiered at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema and has played in various international film festivals. She has attended the Telluride Student Symposium, The TIFF Talent Lab, and the Berlinale Talent Campus.
SLAXX is Elza’s third feature film and is first and foremost about murderous pants! This totally insane idea inspired by 70s and 80s horror flicks (The Stuff, The Thing, and Alien) is created by Patricia Gomez Zlatar and Elza Kephart. It serves as social commentary on the fast fashion industry criticizing and outlining the fatal effects of unbridled capitalism and amoral globalization using humour and over-the-top gore.
SLAXX is produced for EMAfilms by Anne-Marie Gélinas and Patricia Gomez Zlatar for EMAfilms. The screenplay was written by Elza Kephart and Patricia Gomez Zlatar. The director of photography is Steve Asselin and the artistic director is Geneviève Huot. The costume designer is Éric Poirier, the makeup artist if Joan-Patricia Parris and the hairstylist is Marie-Josée Beaudet. Bruno Gatien signs the special makeup effects, Blood Brothers, the special effects and Simon Beaupré, the visual effects. Mirenda Ouellet is the film’s editor and Delphine Measroch composed the original music.
SLAXX was presented in 2017 at the Frontières co-production market. The film received funding from SODEC, Telefilm Canada, federal and provincial tax credit programs, and Squad Entertainment, as well as funding from the Harold Greenberg Fund in development. The film is represented by WTFilms on the international market.