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
The theatrical R-rated version and unrated version are different only in the second morgue scene as follows: (A) Female genital nudity is depicted 1 hour 29 minutes and 0 seconds into the film. In the R rated version (which played in US theaters), when Ruby was kissing the corpse (played by a female actress), the bottom of the frame showed the upper half of the vulva (inclusive of somewhat blurred labia, due to the camera focus on the kissing). In the "unrated" version (NOT the theatrical version or the director's narrative - which both emulate the R rated version seen in US theaters), that same moment depicts VERY clear labial exposure (as in medical clarity, yet artistically depicted). (B) Note that the unrated version also shows Ruby's hand brush along the genitalia as it sweeps up to the left breast (R rated version prolongs the cut-away to the Jessie fantasy shot), and also depicts Ruby bouncing on the corpse as she reaches orgasm (while the R rated version shows only the close up of her face). The foley work and soundtrack during the unrated morgue scene are subtly but noticeably different. In short, the unrated cut sounds a lot more "squishy" with ample "smacking" sounds. The uncut version appears to be available through iTunes only, despite being an Amazon production,which you can find here: https://itunes.apple.com/mt/movie/the-neon-demon/id1129719992 (That means if you want to watch it on a TV you'll need an AppleTV to play it). See more »
A Beautifully Photography, Soft Horror Thriller that Loses Steam
9 November 2016. The Neon Demon (2016). This supposedly minimalist, artistic horror thriller fails capture a sustained and defining moments of horror-filled satiation. A beautifully photographed movie with nicely edited scenes that are enveloped with an ethereal and acoustic soundtrack is eventually let down by a fragmented and mentally tortured ending series of sequences. The director uses elements found in David Lynch's strange weirdness, enhances on the electronic visualization found in Galaxy of Terror (1981), and the strong, solid colorification of the B-Noir Liquid Dreams (1992). Even with the incorporation of a few horror themes usually off-limits in most horror movies really don't sustain the suspense and pacing of the movie. The Neon Demon doesn't rise to Lars von Trier's the sharply photographed Melancholia (2011), the nice cinematography of Walter Salles' Dark Water (2005), or the well-crafted psychological thriller Black Swan (2010). A much better, well-rounded and psychologically themed horror film with a similar tone and deliberate pacing is Scarlett Johannsen performance in Under the Skin (2013).
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