54th BFI London Film Festival: Kaboom (2010)

Kaboom, 2010.

Written and Directed by Gregg Araki.

Starring Thomas Dekker, Juno Temple, Haley Bennett and James Duval.


Kaboom focuses on Smith, a film student studying at college, lusting after his dumb-surfer room-mate, hooking up with British acquaintance London and hanging out with best friend Stella. He keeps getting recurring dreams of walking down a corridor lined with his friends, his mother, and two girls he doesn’t recognise. Things start to get complicated when he begins to encounter strange men wearing animal masks and a girl's headless torso turns up in a dumpster.

I first came across Gregg Araki when a friend handed me a Us uncut VHS of The Doom Generation, simply saying 'You'll love it'. He was right. The biting satire, the dumb on the surface yet scathingly critical dialogue (echoes of the seminal 80s hardcore band 'Black Flag'), the 'film student on speed' editing,
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