• The Neon Demon (2016)

The Neon Demon

Release Date: June 24th, 2016

DVD Release Date: September 27th, 2016

R |1 hr 57 min

Plot Summary

Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles just after her 16th birthday to launch a career as a model. The head of her agency tells the innocent teen that she has the qualities to become a top star. Jesse soon faces the wrath of ruthless vixens who despise her fresh-faced beauty. On top of that, she must contend with a seedy motel manager and a creepy photographer. As Jesse starts to take the fashion world by storm, her personality changes in ways that could help her against her cutthroat rivals.

Cast: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Desmond Harrington, Karl Glusman

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

Genres: Thriller , Horror

Production Co: Gaumont, Space Rocket Nation, Wild Bunch

Distributors: Amazon Studios, Broad Green Pictures

Keywords: Rivalry, Los Angeles, Transformation, Intense, Office, Sacrifice, 2010s, Brooding, Emotional, Pursuit, Hotel

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    ScreenCrush

    Set to an electrifying score by frequent Refn collaborator Cliff Martinez (which may be his best yet), The Neon Demon is as deceptive as shattered glass, with a brilliant beauty so mesmerizing that you don’t notice its murderously sharp edges until you’re bleeding all over the floor. show more

  • 50
    Wendy IdeScreen International

    Refn’s gifts as a visual stylist are employed to arresting effect - there’s a luxuriant use of colour which evokes the work of fashion photographer Guy Bourdin. But peel back the glossy, overly groomed surface and there is not a lot of substance underneath. show more

  • 40
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The intended metaphors and commentary about the interchangeability and disposability of bodies are entirely clear, although from the evidence it would appear that Refn is perhaps even more entranced by the surface glamour of the world he so voluptuously depicts than he is repelled by it. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Actress in a Leading Role
Robert Award (2017)
Nominated Best Danish Film
Robert Award (2017)
Nominated Best Director
Robert Award (2017)
Nominated Best Original Screenplay
Robert Award (2017)
Winner Best Cinematography
Robert Award (2017)