Kaboom took home the very first Cannes’ Queer Palm earlier this year, an award (if you couldn’t tell) that is given to a film’s “contribution to lesbian, gay, bi or trans” issues. About a dozen movies were eligible for the award but the director of previous cult hits such as Doom Generation and Nowhere had the honor of winning the prize.
The comedy/sci-fi flick, which received wildly mixed reviews wherever it’s screened, is set in a university campus where a student (Thomas Dekker), while tripping on some really powerful hallucinogenic stuff, believes he has witnessed a gruesome murder. I had a chance to see it over at TIFF, and in my review I wrote: “There is a certain naiveté and odd charm to Araki’s films; he’s a director who seems just as confused as his characters and. for that, Kaboom can be entertaining.” Kaboom will certainly satisfy most of Araki’s fans but anyone expecting it to be as good as Mysterious Skin will be disappointed
Here’s the full synopsis:
“A hyper-stylized Twin Peaks for the Coachella Generation, featuring a gorgeous, super hot young cast, Kaboom is a wild and sex-drenched horror-comedy thriller that tells the story of Smith, an ambisexual 18-year-old college freshman who stumbles upon a monstrous conspiracy in a seemingly idyllic Southern California seaside town…
Smith’s everyday life in the dorms – hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella, hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London, lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor – all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night. Tripping on some hallucinogenic cookies he ate at a party, Smith is convinced he’s witnessed the gruesome murder of an enigmatic Red Haired Girl who has been haunting his dreams.”