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The Neon Demon (2016)

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An aspiring model, Jesse, is new to Los Angeles. However, her beauty and youth, which generate intense fascination and jealousy within the fashion industry, may prove themselves sinister.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elle Fanning ... Jesse
Karl Glusman ... Dean
Jena Malone ... Ruby
Bella Heathcote ... Gigi
Abbey Lee ... Sarah
Desmond Harrington ... Jack
Christina Hendricks ... Roberta Hoffmann
Keanu Reeves ... Hank
Charles Baker ... Mikey
Jamie Clayton ... Casting Director
Stacey Danger ... Casting Assistant
Rebecca Dayan ... Dresser
Helen Wilson Helen Wilson ... Seamstress
Houda Shretah Houda Shretah ... Roberto Sarno's Assistant
Taylor Marie Hill ... Flirty Model #1 (as Taylor Hill)
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Storyline

The sixteen year-old aspiring model Jesse arrives in Los Angeles expecting to be a successful model. The aspirant photographer Dean takes photos for her portfolio and dates her. Jesse befriends the lesbian makeup artist Ruby and then the envious models Gigi and Sarah in a party. Meanwhile, the agency considers Jesse beautiful with a "thing" that makes her different and she is sent to the professional photographer Jack. Jesse attracts the attention of the industry and experiences a successful beginning of her career. Ruby, Gigi and Sarah, however, will do whatever is necessary to get this "thing" for themselves. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Beauty isn't everything. It's the only thing. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, bloody images, graphic nudity, a scene of aberrant sexuality, and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neonski demon See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$589,014, 26 June 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,333,124, 4 August 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,333,124, 4 August 2016
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first female-led film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. He approached Elle Fanning for revisions of the female characters' dialogue in order to make it sound more authentic. See more »

Goofs

At around 6 min, as Ruby turns to wipe Jessi's chest, a microphone can be seen in a mirror. See more »

Quotes

Jesse: I can't sing, I can't dance, I can't write... no real talent. But I'm pretty, and I can make money off pretty.
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Connections

References 6 donne per l'assassino (1964) See more »

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The Demon Dance
Performed by Julian Winding
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2 hours of Torture
16 February 2017 | by caldaroladSee all my reviews

I'm not sure how this has an average rating of 6 stars. There's basically no dialogue, no rhyme or reason to any of the characters or plot, terrible acting, no emotions, no action, no anything.

The main character is the least attractive character in the movie, which makes the story even less believable.

There are several scenes in the movie which were there strictly for awe value, and did not contribute anything to the actual plot.

The whole thing is just boring and awkward, and I want these 2 hours of my life back.


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