The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon

DVD - 2016
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When an aspiring model 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.
Audience: OFA rating: 14A.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Broad Green Pictures, 2016.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Neon
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In English dubbed in Spanish with Spanish subtitles.

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jimg2000
Feb 04, 2018

A horrendous experience of a teen (runaway?) from a small town Georgia to pursue a modeling career in LA’s cut throat modeling world populated with “predators”. A curious watch is all. As others had pointed up, highly stylish cinematography and sound that lived up to the glitzy modeling world but not too convincing in the horror department. For a true Model story, suggest "The Cara (Delevingne) Project 2017."

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Adelheid
Jan 27, 2018

I liked it, better than some least I watched it all the way, many I don't.

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1KSThinker
Jan 04, 2018

This film had some interesting scenes, and some intriguing characters. The incredible power of beauty in our society can have some pretty ugly consequences. That being said, it's not very enjoyable to watch.

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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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jimg2000
Feb 04, 2018

Most of the interesting quotes are in IMDb:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1974419/quotes/?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

Here are a few more about the teen model not in IMDb yet:

When did you graduate from high school?
-I'm actually still kind of working on it.
I need a parental consent form. ... Just one signature there for parental consent. One little signature and we're off. When someone asks, I want you to say you are 19. Always 19. Eighteen is too on the nose. No one's going to believe that.
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In Georgia, the sky is also this big. Makes being a person down on earth feel really small.
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Oh, don't worry, honey. That whole deer-in-the-headlights thing is exactly what they want.

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