The Neon Demon polarised audiences at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and judging by the conversations heard on my way out of the screening at the Astor Theatre last weekend its a film that continues to do so.
Yes there are a few scenes that are shocking and uncomfortable to watch (for those who have seen it you will know exactly which scenes I am referring to) however I couldn’t help feeling energised and excited as I left the cinema.
The Neon Demon speaks to all the senses through Nicolas Winding Refn’s visual style which is both beautiful and perverse, and a spooky score by Cliff Martinez reminiscent of 70s/80s electronica music that wouldn’t seem out of place in Dario Argento’s Suspiria or John Carpenter’s Halloween. The Neon Demon is a horror film in the true sense, its beautiful, crazy, brutal, darkly comic at times and isn’t afraid to shock or push the boundaries – for me that’s what makes it a really, really exciting film.
The Neon Demon 2016, Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Karl Glusman, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee and Alessandro Nivola and soundtrack by Cliff Martinez.
The Neon Demon one night only Screening at the Astor Theatre, Saturday 26 November 2016.