The Neon Demon: Movie Review

Neon Demon: Movie Review

The Neon Demon a psychological horror movie directed by the Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. The film is based on the dark side of the models in the fashion industry in L.A. The film is written by Polly Stenham, Mary Laws, and Nicolas Winding Refn.


The story revolves around the aspiring model young Jesse (Elle Fanning) who is new to Los Angeles and want to become a model. She first meets the makeup artist Ruby (Jena Melone) who shows the life of models in L.A and introduces her to experienced models Sarrah(Abbey Lee)  and Gigi (Bella Heathcote), and they made her feel at home in the new city.

Soon Jesse becomes a known face in the modeling world. At first, all took her as a newbie and didn’t take her too seriously but soon she became a threat to their stardom. This made them insecure, and soon Jesse started experiencing wicked things.

The overall movie is horror, psycho-thriller, and adult at some point that is not suitable for young. The story is not so very appealing, but the filmography was done well. This is not the best movie of Refn; there are better films such as Drive (2011) and Only God Forgives (2013).From the makers.

Film Release

The Neon Demon was premiered at 2016 Cannes Film Festival and competed for Palme d’Or on 20th May 2016. The film first released on 8th June 2016 in France, then on 9th June in Denmark and on June 24 in the United States.

The film is distributed by Amazon Studios in U.S., Broad Green Pictures partnered with Amazon for releasing the movie in theaters. In France, the film is distributed by The Jokers and in Denmark by Scanbox Entertainment.


  • Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Producer: Lene Børglum, Nicolas Winding Refn
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  • Elle Fanning (Jesse in the movie)
  • Karl Glusman (Dean)
  • Jena Malone (Ruby, the makeup artist in the movie)
  • Bella Heathcote (Gigi, one of the models in the movie)
  • Abbey Lee (Sarah, second model)
  • Christina Hendricks (Roberta Hoffman)
  • Keanu Reeves (Hank)
  • Desmond Harrington (Jack)
  • Alessandro Nivola (Fashion Designer)
  • Charles Baker (Mikey)
  • Jamie Clayton (Casting Director)


The Neon Demon got a mixed response Rotten Tomatoes gave 47% rating with 4.5 on 10. Metacritic gave 51 out of 100. The maximum reviews were the film well crafted visually, but the story plot was weak and could hold the audience. Some found the movie ridicules, overdone and very predictive thriller.

Neon Demon: Movie Review
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Final Verdict

The film was released with an R certificate that means it contained the content which was not appropriate for under-aged youth. The film served murder, thriller, nudity and wicked side of the fashion industry and models who became the prey of jealousy and insecurity of their senior stars. So, overall the movie is a one time watch, not so good and not too bad.

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