Tarsem Singh’s The Cell – GTGC #227

This week, the GenreCast goes deep inside the mind of a monster. They also discuss the Tarsem Singh film The Cell. 

Trapped inside The Cell

The Cell

The Cell is a sci-fi/horror/thriller-infused procedural which sees psychologist Catherine Deane (Lopez) recruited to literally go inside the mind of the comatose serial killer, Carl Stargher (D’Onofrio). With Stargher’s latest victim’s life on the line, Deane and FBI agent Peter Novak (Vaughn) must race the clock and search Stargher’s subconscious for clues.

Arthur returns this week to join Dalton and Dustin in their discussion of this genre work from 2000. For this week’s game, the gang decide to discuss their favorite cinematic technology—inspired by the machine Catherine Deane uses in the film.

As the hosts break down the film, they discuss the problematic failings of the narrative. They also analyze the character portrayed by Vince Vaughn, as well as the idea of sympathy for the devil. There is also a discussion of the tropes being used as well as the intertextuality of the artwork that inspired sequences of the film.

If you think you’re ready to go inside the mind of Dalton, strap in and hit play!

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