The Neon Demon Blu-ray l DVD
Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn
Written by: Mary Laws, Nicolas Winding Refn, Polly Stenham
Starring: Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves
Distributor: Broad Green Pictures
Rated R | 117 Minutes
Release Date: September 27, 2016
“Beauty isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”
In The Neon Demon, the latest film from writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives), Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Super 8) stars as Jesse, a teenage orphan who moves to Los Angeles to pursue a modeling career. After her first photoshoot, she meets makeup artist Ruby (Jena Malone, The Hunger Games series), who takes her to a party at a club where she is introduced to fellow models Sarah (Abbey Lee, Mad Max: Fury Road) and Gigi (Bella Heathcote, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).
Last weekend, Nicolas Winding Refn“˜s The Neon Demon opened in a limited number of theaters. While the box office numbers aren’t performing up to expectations based on indie standards, the director is not going to let low numbers keep him from making movies.
While he has been working on mostly smaller films, he is setting his sights on something a little bigger, namely a female superhero movie. According to a new report, Refn wants to direct a Batgirl movie. More on the story below.
It’s flashback time, kiddies, so grab your Dramamine and bid one last farewell to your loved ones…just in case you don’t make it back.
April 2012: visionary Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, hot off the critical and commercial success of his stylishly violent (or is that violently stylish?) thriller Drive and possessing of the power to do whatever he pleased, took up the cause of mounting a remake of William Lustig‘s 1988 cult classic action-horror hybrid Maniac Cop. At first it was rumored that Refn might also direct, but those plans didn’t come to fruition. Lustig would also be serving as a producer on the remake alongside the screenwriter of the original, B-movie maverick Larry Cohen. Things go quiet. Refn moves on to direct Only God Forgives. Cut to black…
Nicolas Winding Refn will be following up his Only God Forgives effort with a very exciting new all-female horror film called I Walk With The Dead. There were a number of projects that Refn could have followed up with, considering how well Drive did with audiences and how many projects he’s attached to, but he ended up with a horror film.
Horror movies are a dime a dozen, most of them being awful with a few sparkly gems here and there fans of the genre will search for like Indiana Jones hunting down lost artifacts. Because of this, horror projects in the earlier stages of development need a little something to stand out and attract attention. The Bringing is one of those projects.
The movie first scored some attention when it was announced due to the fact that it’s inspired by a very real, very unsettling mystery involving the disappearance and eventual death of a young woman named Elisa Lam. (If you’re not familiar with her story, be sure to head right here to read about the mystery and see the disturbing video that makes the whole thing even stranger)
Now comes word that director Nicolas Winding Refn has entered into negotiations to direct the horror, making the project doubly intriguing.