Director: Gregg Araki
Screenwriters: Gregg Araki

Institute History


Gregg Araki has screened nearly every film he has made at the Sundance Film Festival. As evidenced by Kaboom, his tenth feature film, Araki continues to be uncompromisingly independent and subversive enough to give ultraconservatives massive coronaries.
A hyperstylized, pansexual trip, Kaboom is a live-action film born out of the graphic novel aesthetic. Thomas Dekker plays Smith, a film student lusting after his dumb, hunky roommate (aptly named Thor), but after eating a drug-laced cookie, he hooks up with a hot chick, London (Juno Temple). Meanwhile, a bizarre mystery brews involving his lesbian BFF’s obsessive, witchy girlfriend, weird guys in masks who chase him around campus, and a recurring dream about a dead girl.
Unrestrained and completely over the top, Kaboom picks up where Araki’s "Teenage Apocalypse Trilogy" of the 1990s left off. With his impeccable craft, rebellious spirit, and outrageous vision intact, Araki remains a true indie master.

— Kim Yutani

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