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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 80

    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

  • 88
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    Portrayed by a mesmerizing Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Trumbo) in a magnificent, heart-stopping star turn. show more

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