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What is "The Neon Demon"?

April 14, 2016

I LOVE Nicolas Winding Refn! As many of you may know, Drive is one of my favorite movies. Refn (who's also directed Only God Forgives and the Pusher trilogy) has made a name for himself as a dynamic and visionary filmmaker. Personally, I'll watch anything he directs.

 

The trailer for Refn's upcoming film, The Neon Demon, starring Elle Phanning, Jena Malone and Keanu Reeves, just dropped, and it looks.... Well, check it out for yourself:

 

 

I'm definitely on board. Check out the full press release below, and let me know what you think of the trailer in the comments section (also below).

 

 

Amazon Studios Presents:

 

THE NEON DEMON

A film by Nicolas Winding Refn

 
THE NEON DEMON will have its world premiere in the Official Competition of the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
 
Amazon Studios will release THE NEON DEMON in theaters June 2016.

 

 
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Written by Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws and Polly Stenham
Starring Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Elle Fannning, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Desmond Harrington and Karl Glusman
 
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.
  
WHAT IS ‘THE NEON DEMON’?
 
“L.A., because of all the lights.”
– Elle Fanning (Jesse)
 
“Otherworldly beauty, but [also] the dark underbelly of that.”
– Jena Malone (Ruby)
 
“The industry and the city. It’s glossy and shiny but it will eat you alive.”
– Bella Heathcote (Gigi)
 
“A demonic force…camouflaged in glitter and stilettos.”
- Abbey Lee (Sarah)
 
“That kind of empty, shallow notoriety or celebrity that doesn’t really mean anything in the end and…eats people up and spits them out.”
- Karl Glusman (Dean)
 
“There’s something about the light - you can call it artificial light, but I guess all light is artificial besides the sun - and the neon quality of it. [There’s] something about those colors that attracts and repulses at the same time. And then there’s the demon part. What is the demon within; what is the demon on the outside? Is it ego? It may be a fear of death. Or desire. It’s all sorts of fun stuff.”
- Keanu Reeves (Hank)
 
“It makes me think of speed and a bunch of lights on Sunset. And the devil.”
- Desmond Harrington (Jack)
 
“The dark underbelly of beauty and the things we would do for beauty.”
- Christina Hendricks (Roberta)
 
 “You have to talk to Nic about the title.”
- Mary Laws, co-writer
 
“A great cover for a fetish magazine.”
- Nicolas Winding Refn, Director, Screenwriter
 
“Heading for the flashing light and the glamour but also that there’s something twisted and a darker side to it.”
- Lene Børglum, Producer
 
“The word neon is a reflection of the location;
the word demon is a reflection of the obsession.”
- Rachel Dik, Executive Producer
 
“It feels a little bit banal to try and explain it because it’s kind of the essence of the movie and whatever I say in English
is going to sound very cheesy.”
- Natasha Braier, Cinematographer
 
“When you see neon lights, you think something is super glamorous. And I think that’s probably very misleading in most cases.”
- Nicole Daniels, Casting Director
 
“The demon within is highlighted? I don’t know.”
- Courtney Bright, Casting Director
 
“It’s going to be a title of one of the musical pieces.”
- Cliff Martinez, Composer
 
“It means it’s scary, you know? And I think it’s exciting, you know?”
- Alex Uceda, Caterer (Alex in the Kitchen)
 
Find THE NEON DEMON online:
Facebook | Twitter | #TheNeonDemon

 

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