The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon

Blu-ray Disc - 2016
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When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has.

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Bookworm39
Jul 19, 2017

Not too great. It started out pretty good but three quarters of the way through it did not seem to make any sense.

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jferrerosa2
Mar 08, 2017

This is a terrible movie, and not like "terror" based either, it's just bad. The guy Refn thinks of himself as a 16 year old girl in the movie industry and decided to make a movie about it. However, as a work of interpretation and music, it's absolutely fantastic. Rich in symbolic imagery, and plentiful rich music tones provide a good context for the story. It's an artsy-fartsy type movie. I really liked some speeches in this movie, but the director needs to go.

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fdb045
Mar 06, 2017

Poor, sad waste of time. I didn't even realize this is suppose to be a "horror" movie, it's just so bad.

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wildstrawberries
Feb 14, 2017

I think Refn would make a great DP. I do not think he is a very good director. He's ok. This is a contrived, bloody excuse for people to watch pretty people consume each other. It's a little too on the nose. There are better satires that delve into the subject of the obscene drive for youth that lasts forever.
Neon Demon is far too in love with it's own ideas to really amount to much. It's too simple. These young women latch onto the newcomer who is getting all the attention, which of course drives them insane with jealousy. *Eye roll* That's fine. Cliched, but ok. Refn does nothing worth watching for the entire 2 hours. There's no acknowledgement of the patriarchy's part in pitting women against each other - that would have made this much more interesting.
If you want to watch an unusual horror film, check out Under the Skin if you haven't seen it already. It's far more interesting than this.

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therhiannamater
Feb 09, 2017

I feel like I have to come to this film's rescue. It's a visceral, raw take on the fashion and fame industry, shattering the ideals of what is considered perfection. If you're going into this one thinking it's a jump scare horror flick, you'll be sorely disappointed. This is much more a "get under your skin and stay there" kind of movie. To me, this had legitimately creepy and unnerving moments, partnered with a stunning soundtrack, something that comes along with Nicolas Refn movies. If you thought his previous film Drive was paced too slow, you'll probably feel the same way about this one.

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DrkAngl13
Feb 06, 2017

It starts out slow and gets WORSE! I couldn't get past the first 30 mins before I shut it off and moved to the next movie. This is a sloppy knockoff that sadly would compare to the movie 8MM with Nicolas Cage..but worse, way worse.
Skip this one and check out something else, this is one film that made the Box Office Flop list.

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Bevany
Jan 17, 2017

This is one movie Elle Fanning will later regret having made. I only made it halfway through the film and didn't want to waste any more of my time. Very disappointing film.

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Danilushka
Jan 16, 2017

This film is from director of Drive, which I like a lot. Compare to Drive this film is not that great, I like the soundtrack though!

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ernestineyadao
Jan 09, 2017

Not worth the time. Not a good film.

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eiknarf
Jan 07, 2017

I mostly loved the film. It was shot quite nicely, and the story and characters were alright. The "darker" themes were fantastic.... but, it took WAY TOO LONG to deliver. WAY TOO LONG, at least for me. I am capable of enjoying long films, especially when the dialogue is interesting, which in this film, it is not. This, like Drive, tends more on the quiet and atmospheric side where talking isn't the point, but it makes the piece feel very tedious at times. I definitely think it's worth the watch though if you set yourself aside the time. Weird that taking 2 hours seems extraordinary. If you like dark humor and the LA nights aesthetic, you'll be glad you took the time, even through the tedium. Stick it out. I think if they'd shaved off a half hour (not sure from where exactly), it would be 5 stars.

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