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2,412 Ratings

The Neon Demon

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Denmark, France, 2016
Horror, Thriller


When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

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The Neon Demon Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Best Composer (Cannes Soundtrack Award)

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2016 | 2 nominations including: Best Cinematography

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

2016 | 2 nominations including: Best Art Direction/Production Design

Bodil Awards

2017 | 2 nominations including: Best Danish Feature

Refn offers a prepacked metaphor, supplemented with an astrological index that can help us in ‘decoding’ our product – even before the slightest attempt at interpretation is waged. By way of an absurd faith in difference, however, a ceaseless repetition of the Same ensues: an alternation which serves to camouflage a true sense of change. The director can but excel in the reproduction of his personal obsessions. Not without surprise, his films are as ephemeral as the world they claim to depict.
November 15, 2017
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That it was only a dream doesn’t eradicate the distaste of the scene in which Reeves mimes a blowjob with a hunting knife on sleeping teen Elle Fanning. That it wasn’t even the most disgusting part of the always disgusting Nicolas Winding Refn’s disgusting movie says a lot about this film’s depths of smug depravity.
January 16, 2017
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The real horror of this thoroughly polished turd lies not in the acts of envy-fueled girl-on-girl violence or its many prettily oozing pools of blood but the idea that anyone might believe its events are derived from actual human feeling rather than layer upon layer of stylish nothing.
January 09, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • LauraPalmer's rating of the film The Neon Demon

    The Neon DEMON is a shiver down your spine, a lump in your throat: a dark triangular nightmare who wants to seduce you. And if that ghost bewitches you, you can't run away. If that delirium catches you, you can't escape.

  • chanandre's rating of the film The Neon Demon

    Hobo-chic beard still wet from the midnight power shower. Doing 100 mph to catch the last screening. Out of breath, then THE BEST OPENING CREDITS of the 10's (Saul Bass?) start rolling in. Oh I'm sorry, Louis Vuitton does film credits now? WOW:o The NWR reminds me of the DWG in the 10's.Then THAT opening scene; creepiest than anything on Peeping Tom or Under The Skin. Mulholland Dr. meets Psycho meets The Women <3 ↓↓

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film The Neon Demon

    If a lost manuscript written by Bret Easton Ellis in "American Psycho" mode managed to fall into the hands of "Suspiria"-era Dario Argento, the result might look a lot like "Neon Demon." Refn's latest combines the glossy, over-produced aesthetic of 90's slashers with a cool and detached L.A. vibe. It's as messy and as imperfect as any human specimen. It's also one of the most singular cinematic experiences of 2016.

  • James Mackin's rating of the film The Neon Demon

    Some people in this world are given gifts that others aren't so fortunate to ever experience in any form. These gifts garner them favour from the public, a bias, but bias is just inverse predjudice. And my oh my, how quick things can turn. Anyways, this film looks astoundingly beautiful, appropriate for the subject matter.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film The Neon Demon

    The rare film that throws you into a hypnotic, hallucinatory trance the entire way through, going as far as to making an act of necrophilia one of the most romantic scenes of the year. Not so much a criticism of the fact that modeling is done by women for the enjoyment of men as it is a look at how women go to great lengths to make themselves/everything beautiful and along comes someone out of nowhere who has it all.

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Neon Demon

    Extremely stylish new provocation from director Refn is a feverish nightmare that often feels like a tribute to Lynch, Mann/Spinotti, giallo films and 'The Hunger'. The film is a fascinating and beautiful ride into beauty obsession that is dividing audiences between cries of empowerment and misogyny. Casting is spectacular (they're supposed to be that empty) as is the production design, music and cinematography.

  • Z's rating of the film The Neon Demon

    The pinnacle of Nicolas Winding Refn's art. If David Lynch, Dario Argento and Kenneth Anger co-directed a film it might look something like this. Dreamlike, hallucinatory, stunningly beautiful with a sly, dark humor. Refn conjures a stylish, nightmare Los Angeles that feeds on youth and beauty while demanding constant sacrifice and exploitation. Refn's strongest work since DRIVE serves up his unbridled id. Masterful.

  • Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film The Neon Demon

    Nicolas Winding Refn is a hate him or love him director, either you get sucked into his worlds or are turned off. I am one of those who gets sucked in and found this to be a hypnotic, dreamlike experience.

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