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Kaboom (2011)



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Movie Info

"Kaboom" is a hyper-stylized "Twin Peaks" for the Coachella Generation, featuring a gorgeous young cast. A wild, witty and sex-drenched horror-comedy thriller, it is 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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gregg Araki
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 31, 2011
Box Office: $0.1M
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Nicole LaLiberte
as La Fille Rousse
James Duval
as Le Messie
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Critic Reviews for Kaboom

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (27)

Shot in blinding colors, with an eye for artifice and a fixation on flesh, Kaboom is one happy, horny movie.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Kaboom plays out like a a ridiculously campy, and poorly written comic book. It's not very coherent and has a terrible ending.

Full Review… | November 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

Araki has crafted an entertaining, violently funny movie that's amongst his best work yet.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013

After walking out of KABOOM, I wanted to take a nice, hot shower to wash myself of this filthy film, but holy hell I had a blast.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012
Gordon and the Whale

there's no method to Kaboom's utter-insanity; it crumbles badly in the final minutes and reveals its central mystery as little more than a meaningless whimsy.

Full Review… | September 16, 2011
SFX Magazine

Araki movies used to feel dangerous. This one feels like underfunded kitsch.

Full Review… | August 12, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Kaboom


A disjointed film in which everything seems painfully arbitrary and with no sense of purpose, suffering from an unfocused script, a clumsy direction and an expository last scene - and it isn't funny as a hipster comedy nor intriguing enough as a mystery as it wants to be.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Kaboom is a schizophrenic melding of two different films. It presents a mildly entertaining, bizarro apocalyptic fable that is buried under a lot of drek. What a shame that everything is ultimately explained in a hastily executed wrap up in the last 10 minutes. The explosive streams of vernacular coming from the mouths of the entire cast is a recklessly spoken explosion of words meant to clarify what we've been watching. It renders the whole account as arbitrary and meaningless. I couldn't possibly do justice to the ridiculous conclusion. Perhaps the producers were running out of money and Araki had to quickly end this mess. I know you pretty much get what you deserve when you choose to watch a Gregg Araki flick, but good heavens, Kaboom is really out there, even for him.


Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer


Won't be for everyone, but I quite liked it. Visually pretty to look at with an attractive cast. The story is way out there, but anyone who's seen this director's work before knows what to expect - weirdness.
If you like a conventional storyline or are homophobic, you're probably better to avoid this, but those who like something a little different may find this interesting.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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