Watch This: First Trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn's 'The Neon Demon'

April 14, 2016
Source: YouTube

The Neon Demon Trailer

"You know what my mother used to call me? Dangerous." Amazon has released the first official trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film, The Neon Demon, which was announced today as an In-Competition film playing at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Elle Fanning stars as Jesse, a beautiful aspiring model in Los Angeles whose youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women. The cast includes Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Elle Fannning, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Desmond Harrington and Karl Glusman. This looks very dark and creepy, but I like what I'm seeing, very mysterious and intriguing. Love the score, the dialogue makes me smile, can't wait to see it at Cannes.

Here's the first trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon, direct from Fandango's YouTube:

The Neon Demon

When aspiring model Jesse (Elle Fanning) 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. However, SlashFilm adds that The Neon Demon is actually inspired by Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed. "During her reign of terror 400 years ago, she racked up enough kills to be considered the most prolific female murderer who ever lived. Legend has it she bathed in the blood of virgins to keep herself beautiful." One of the people desperate to take her youth is Sarah (Abbey Lee), the "cool ringleader" who wants to devour Jesse in the film. The Neon Demon is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, of Bronson, Drive, Only God Forgives previously. It will premiere at Cannes 2016, then Amazon will release the film in June. Thoughts?

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  • Efterklang
    Love his visual style, can't wait for this
  • Bo
    Whoa! Excellent trailer. Thanks, Alex. Can't say I ever have or ever will envy anybody, but I sure envy the fact that you're going to be able to see this film at Cannes, Alex. Nice. I love Refn's work...starting with Bronson and you forgot to mention his Valhalla picture, which to me is still his best work. I did not like Drive, however. I really liked the book, but Refn just didn't capture its essence in my opinion. Oh well. I am one of the few I know who also liked Only God Forgives. Many of my compadres still give me a hard time about liking that tell them they just didn't understand it or get what he was doing...which really upsets So, yea...I'm looking forward to this new one from him. Great title, by the way. I also look forward to your writing about your viewing of it when you return from Cannes. Yes?
  • shiboleth
    I have hopes for this one. I remember Valhalla Rising, which was quite astonishing experience, and I hope this film will also offer some substance with style. To be honest, I don't care so much about the style, as much as I care for the whole execution. And I hope it won't be just another psychological thriller in the world of fashion. Please, don't be only that ...
    • Yes Valhalla rising was epic... Will explained shiboleth, exactly my thoughts too.
  • Have Hope
    Winding Refn is one of the best visual directors in the world now. Amazing imagery. But I'll pass. Story and characters don't do it for me.
    Very cool looking film. Refn is pretty, pretty, pretty great.
  • Seems worth a watching.
  • grimjob
    I think the only film of his I've seen is Only God Forgives. Bizarre. Beautiful, but bizarre.
  • Jonathan
    This is the exact opposite of that Avatar sequel announcement.
  • i have big doubts about this movie, but refgn is a excellent director,so maybe when the first reviews are good i give it a chance...
  • ErrorSapiens
    Its like under the skin made inside a disco overseen by M83 and dat asian girl from Sin City.
  • bumboclot
    Not to be confused with Lars Von Trier's "The Neon Deion", starring Deion Sanders as a Danish Dogme 95 filmmaker, who is also a professional Handball player.




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