The Horror Obsessive Podcast Episode 9: The Cell with Special Guest K/XI

Last time on the Horror Obsessive Podcast, my cohost Sean Parker made me watch a seldom-seen 1980s slasher that’s so bad it might be a bit of a stretch to call it a cult classic, so I’m really glad he didn’t choose the movie for this latest episode. Instead, we let our guest, filmmaker K/XI, pick the film, and she chose a good one: Tarsem Singh’s psychological mindf*ck The Cell.

This is K/XI’s favorite horror movie of all time, but I had never seen it before. Sure, I’d heard of it, but it was one of those films that I just never got around to watching. So naturally, I wasn’t sure what I was in for. Would I like the movie? Would it be another Sean-esque snoozefest? Thankfully, I ended up enjoying it quite a bit, and since Sean is a fan as well, all three of us were pretty much on the same page with The Cell. That general agreement made for a fun, breezy conversation that covered a wide range of topics, including the film’s roots in the art world, its similarities to other movies, and the ways it’s influenced K/XI’s own filmmaking.

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On top of that, we also talk about K/XI’s newly finished director’s cut of her film Black Lake, and let me tell you, if you get a chance to see this movie, definitely check it out. I can’t say how it compares to the original cut (although Sean notes that it’s very different), but on its own terms, it’s fantastic. And if you’re in the Atlanta area, you’ll have a chance to see it on March 5 at the end of the Renegade Film Festival. As of this writing, there are still some tickets available, so don’t pass up this awesome opportunity to see a great film and meet an exciting filmmaker.

And as always, join us again in two weeks as we prepare for one of the most anticipated new horror movies of the year. The episode is scheduled to drop the weekend Scream VI comes out, so we’ll be talking about the previous film in the franchise, Scream (2022).

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Written by JP Nunez

JP Nunez is a lifelong horror fan. From a very early age, he learned to love monsters, ghosts, and all things spooky, and it's still his favorite genre today.

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