Refn's THE NEON DEMON Begins Its Blood-Guzzling Kill Spree

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Refn's THE NEON DEMON Begins Its Blood-Guzzling Kill Spree

After working with some intense leading men (Thomas Hardy, Mads Mikkelsen, and Ryan Gosling) Nicolas Winding Refn is giving the ladies a chance to show off some ferocity in his unique brand of genre-bending art house films. The Neon Demon began shooting today on the streets of L.A., and I'm looking forward to seeing in (reportedly) 2016.

Additionally, What Culture has revealed a Bathory-inspired plot detail: that the cast of The Neon Demon play supermodels who kill and ingest the blood of beautiful women in order to stay young and gorgeous.

From the press release:

Space Rocket Nation announced today the start of production in Los Angeles on NWR's The Neon Demon: 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.

Regarding the commencement of principle photography, Refn said, "I very much look forward to the odyssey I'll be taking with all these wonderful actresses (and a few guys) to travel beyond The Neon Demon where all I see is the wicked dying young."

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by NWR and Mary Laws, the film's principal cast includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Karl Glusman (Stonewall), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Gossip Girl) Christina Hendricks (Drive), and Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix series).

The Neon Demon is produced by Space Rocket Nation's Lene Borglum in association with Wild Bunch and Gaumont.

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Cort WilliamsMarch 31, 2015 12:27 AM

Hallelujah.

UilickMcGeeMarch 31, 2015 2:21 AM

Splendid. I'll say it again. Splendid.

bricriu .April 1, 2015 3:20 PM

Curious how this film will be received by the horde of internet saviors who deem Refn a misogynist...