THE NEON DEMON First Trailer: Are You Kidding Me?

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THE NEON DEMON First Trailer: Are You Kidding Me?

The first trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon looks freaking amazing. (Full disclosure: This is a personal reaction based on less than two minutes of artfully arranged footage, tied together with haunting music.)

Just announced for the Cannes Film Festival next month, the film stars Elle Fanning as a young woman who moves to Los Angeles and enters the modeling industry, as illustrated by a room full of beautiful, slender young women parading around in lingerie. (Why don't new models in movies start by doing fully-clothed advertisements for big-box retailers?) Happily, the fresh new model has dangerous secrets that lead to a bloody new style of fashions.

Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone also star. The Neon Demon is heading to theaters via Amazon Studios in June.

The trailer hooked me from the first frame. Watch it below. What say you?

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bricriu .April 14, 2016 5:12 PM

Wow, this looks fantastic. Hoping it's more Drive less Only God Forgives though. Also, given Refn's hyper-masculine oeuvre, I'll be curious to see how he handles a female led film.

kidlazarusApril 14, 2016 6:51 PM

cat people by way of starry eyes? miss Refn working with Kim Bodnia and Mads... those early films seemed to have more substance. After Fear X it seems far more style over substance. Hopefully this works.

cjohnstonApril 14, 2016 8:56 PM

..Interesting and rather Intriguing...
WASN'T the biggest fan of Either Drive OR God Forgives, ..but I DO like his directing style.
...kinda looks like a blenderized conglomeration --- varying amounts of Trance, Enter the Void, The Congress, and maybe a dash of Under the Skin..

Rage72April 14, 2016 9:06 PM

This looks amazing! This could be Refn's "Black Swan"...

DermackaApril 14, 2016 10:38 PM

Looks like someone's been watching Suspiria

cjohnstonApril 14, 2016 11:05 PM

.............this is Dumb.
.............and Obscenely minute......

-- I Whole Heartedly Agree ~ but, from where i'm at at least.., it's not "recognizing" my vote of Up for you.... -_-

Bryant LowApril 15, 2016 2:07 AM


YojimboApril 15, 2016 3:11 AM

Looks a bit like American psycho the catwalk edition.
Did Ray Harryhausen posthumously animate all of those blond haired blue eyed living skeletons?

Unflinching_EyeApril 15, 2016 9:47 AM

Starry Eyes crossed my mind too. I miss Pusher era Refn. I liked Drive, but I'm growing weary of his new hyper stylised neon aesthetic.

kidlazarusApril 15, 2016 10:27 AM

the Pusher trilogy (whether he wanted to do it or not), Bleede, Fear X and Bronson are masterclass. I like Valhalla Rising a lot, too; but, like the film's theme, it's definitely the beginning of end. With any luck this will return to a better sense of character work.

ManateeAdvocateApril 15, 2016 2:10 PM


DragonSpikeXIII .April 15, 2016 2:16 PM

Token lesbians right on cue. Can't make a movie like this without that.

Unflinching_EyeApril 15, 2016 9:03 PM

Bronson is incredible. I struggled a bit with Valhalla. I really should give it another shot.

BartelApril 17, 2016 12:07 PM

Pusher 3 was a mean spirited dark nihilistic masterpiece.
Everything he made after that was ...good. :D

Jason GrayApril 17, 2016 9:07 PM

It's Suspiria for the Instagram set. I swear that's the colour palette from Bejeweled.

No, it looks wild. Especially the macaque(?)

I was hoping Refn would drive a final stake in the heart of trailers that build to a crescendo.

Looking forward to it.

Rage72April 18, 2016 8:58 PM

Tell me how you really feel! Lmao!

cjohnstonApril 18, 2016 11:15 PM

.. same boat as U.

.this looks really Good.

-- this "platform" though on occasion, doesn't seem to recognize the common "up-vote" when one walks up and extends its hand.

actorboyApril 30, 2016 2:50 PM

Don't forget Showgirls and maybe parts of Black Swan. But Black Swan featured a protaganist who was mainly acted UPON by circumstance. This movie's protagonist is clearly in control based on the trailer.

actorboyApril 30, 2016 2:51 PM

Oohhh Starry Eyes. Great film.

kidlazarusApril 30, 2016 3:10 PM


cjohnstonMay 2, 2016 6:14 PM

~ Interesting points here.
I know this is subjective; ..but is Black Swan a "goode" film.??
.......Showgirls -- IS one of those; that - no matter HOW hard I try to NOT like it. ......I still like it..