Support Us!
Powered by
Got any friends who might like this scary horror stuff? GO AHEAD AND SHARE, SHARE!



Monday, September 6, 2021

Cursed Objects: From the Jeans in ‘Slaxx’ to the Cursed Dress in ‘In Fabric’

Sometimes fashion can be murder. One of the year’s goriest and wildest horror-comedies comes home on September 7, 2021. Slaxx is a slasher that features a pair of designer jeans as the bloodthirsty killer. While locked inside a trendy clothing store overnight to prepare for a huge event to unveil a new line, the staff fall victim to a homicidal pair of jeans. It marks the latest entry in a weird niche sub-genre dedicated to inanimate cursed objects that spring to life and embark on a murder spree.

Directed by Elza Kaphert, Slaxx stars Romane Denis, Brett Donahue, Sehar Bhojani, Kenny Wong, Tianna Nori, and Hanneke Talbot. Kaphert co-wrote the film alongside Patricia Gomez.

Horror leaves no corner unexplored, infusing fear into anything and everything, including items you’d never even consider as a source of terror. From flesh-hungry beds to homicidal dolls, a subset that’s developed its own corner of horror, films have created killers out of just about everything. Whether played for laughs or straightforward chills, it’s easy to see why this particular sub-category has legs; killer inanimate objects tend to deliver ruthlessly creative on-screen deaths.

In anticipation of Slaxx’s September 7th DVD, VOD & Digital release, we look back at 10 of horror’s most peculiar cursed objects.

Bad Hair 

Much like Sion Sono’s Exte, this horror-comedy takes on beauty through hair extensions with a homicidal mind of its own. After a bad experience that left a scar during childhood, Anna (Elle Lorraine) doesn’t put much stock in her appearance. That changes when the television station where she works comes under new ownership, and her job hinges on getting a stylized makeover. The problem is that her new extensions thrive on blood. Bad Hair uses comedy and camp to give social commentary an up-do.


Lonely horror fan Michael (Edward Furlong) immediately sends away for the hot new CD-Rom game “Brainscan” the moment he hears about it. He ignores initial gameplay warnings and submerses himself in the game, allowing the game’s Trickster (T. Ryder Smith) to guide him through acting like a serial killer and slaughtering victims in gruesome ways. The only problem is that these murders seem to occur in the real world, as well. Smith’s performance as the Trickster takes scene-chewing to another level. Even video games can kill.


It’s challenging to find a more frightening and deadly cursed object than the VHS tape centered in the Ringu films. Those who watch it are doomed to die seven days after at the hands of one scary ghost. Even the images on the tape unsettle. Both Ringu and its American remake, The Ring, pull the rug out from under you with one final twist on removing the curse. Hint: Sadako is an unstoppable force of terror.


The Lasser Glass isn’t the first haunted or evil mirror in horror; look to 1990’s Mirror Mirror for more killer mirror mayhem. But it is the one featured in the first wide-release horror movie for Mike Flanagan, Oculus, and it’s arguably the most dangerous. The story centers around a pair of siblings tormented by the Lasser Glass mirror brought home by their father during their childhood, toggling between two timelines. The mirror influences those around it to commit unspeakable acts, which causes lasting repercussions for the siblings. The Lasser Glass is one tricky, demented object, and it has continued to appear in Flanagan’s films since its feature introduction.


Rubber (Magnet)

Quentin Dupieux excels at satirical films that revolve around unlikely objects. His 2010 horror film follows a rogue tire named Robert. Robert suddenly springs to life in the Californian desert and discovers a psychokinetic ability. It develops a fondness for making people’s heads explode. Don’t expect an explanation for the madness that ensues, but also don’t expect this movie to take itself seriously, either. It’s purposefully odd.

The Mangler 

Tobe Hooper takes on Stephen King’s short story about a killer laundry press. The giant piece of machinery is demonically possessed, growing more greedy and powerful with every drop of blood spilled on it. While the equipment has an insatiable hunger for flesh, it influences victims in other exciting ways, too. Robert Englund is featured as the press’s owner. If neither Christine nor The Mangler quenched your thirst for Stephen King stories about inanimate objects, make it a marathon with The Lawnmower Man and Maximum Overdrive.


John Carpenter’s Stephen King adaptation saw a nerdy teen undergo a dramatic personality transformation after purchasing and bonding with his new car. There’s more than meets the eye with his Plymouth Fury, Christine. It turns out she’s got one severe jealousy streak, and she’s willing to kill anyone that would get between her and her owner. Christine is one slick killing machine. Literally.

The Lift

Malfunctioning elevators often make for harrowing scenes in cinema. Final Destination 2’s brutal kill instantly comes to mind, for example. Amsterdamned’s Dick Maas turns the concept into a full feature, where a sentient elevator unleashes its fury upon unsuspecting passengers in an office building. It will make you question stepping foot inside an elevator ever again. Maas also wrote and directed The Lift’s 2001 American remake, Down (aka The Shaft), but stick with the original.


If Rubber didn’t already make it clear, Quentin Dupieux excels at character studies through cursed things. In this horror-comedy, a man slowly turns to murder due to an obsession with a designer deerskin jacket. It’s more accessible than the very eccentric Rubber yet still bears Dupieux’s distinct style and tone.

In Fabric

Slaxx isn’t the only cursed clothing to grace the horror genre. Peter Strickland’s peculiar In Fabric follows a cursed dress as it passes from person to person. Each time, the dress causes tragedy for its owner, and often in gruesome ways. Highly stylized, In Fabric is a more artful approach to consumerist satire. In other words, it takes some very unexpected directions and features disturbing scenes behind the dress’s origins. The evil extends beyond a single dress.

See horror’s most violent pair of jeans go on the hunt when Slaxx releases on DVD, VOD & Digital on September 7th.


No comments:

Post a Comment

Support Us!
Powered by
Got any friends who might like this scary horror stuff? GO AHEAD AND SHARE, SHARE!

The Top 10 Streaming Scary Movies of Today (According to Netflix)

Given that Netflix really is the master of their own data, how many times a viewer streams The Ridiculous 6, or what films don't get watched all the way straight through, or how many times someone watches an episode of Bill Nye Saves the World, it was easy for them to come up with the list based on just one percentage: 70 percent.

Got any friends who might like this scary horror stuff? GO AHEAD AND SHARE, SHARE!

Top 5 Original Horror Movies of 2020 (Even During a Pandemic)

3 Frightening Clowns Not from the Underworld or Magical Hell

3 Viral Videos Proving Spiders Are Still Scary as Hell

Stephen King Adores These 22 Horror Films

3 Super Stories on 'Halloween' and Horror That'll Make You Want to Wear the Mask