Nicolas Winding Refn‘s The Neon Demon is a beautifully shot yet polarizing film. It’s either shallow, pretentious, sensationalistic and self-indulgent or a bold haunting hypnotic work of suspense. I’m still not sure if I liked it or not, but It has certainly remained with me since my viewing of the film over the weekend. My reaction is typical — the movie has gotten a very mixed reaction from critics and film geeks.
My viewing has prompted a deep dive into interviews and analysis of the film, and I thought I’d share some of the insights into The Neon Demon ending, the symbology and metaphors both obvious and more hidden. I’ll also attempt to answer some of your The Neon Demon questions.
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Maybe it’s because Nicolas Winding Refn‘s films tend to be light on plot, but whoever has been cutting the trailers for the Drive and Bronson director’s upcoming horror picture, The Neon Demon, has done an excellent job not giving away any of the film’s secrets, instead focusing far more on the picture’s atmosphere. We still don’t even know the exact significance of Keanu Reeves‘ (John Wick) role in The Neon Demon, which is a great rarity in this day and age, but we’ll soon find out more about Reeves’ mystery role. Amazon Studios, in association with Broad Green Pictures, will release Refn’s latest on June 24th.
Learn more about The Neon Demon release date plans below.
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Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
Elle Fanning does “sweet and innocent” really well, as we’ve seen in films like Maleficent and Super 8. But her next film, The Neon Demon, will let her show off a darker edge. Fanning plays a young aspiring model named Jesse, who gets caught up in the thrill and the horror of the LA scene. And Nicolas Winding Refn directed it, so you know you can look forward to drinking in some neon-saturated gorgeousness. Watch the first Neon Demon trailer after the jump. Read More »
Before director David O. Russell made his major comeback, he was at one point attached to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Eventually the Joy director left the project, along with many others, as the film was stuck in development hell. It’s taken years to get this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel made, but it’s finally reaching the big screen next month.
After the jump, watch some Pride and Prejudice and Zombies clips.
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Posted on Friday, October 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Jane Austen adaptations and zombie actioners are a pretty common sight at the box office. A Jane Austen adaptation that’s also a zombie actioner, though? Now that’s not something you see every day. Directed by Burr Steers and based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is exactly what it sounds like — Austen’s classic of love and social status in Regency-era England, only with more hordes of the undead.
Lily James and Sam Riley play Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. (Because nothing sends the heart a-flutter like a vigorous day of battling zombies.) Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey also star. Watch the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies trailer after the jump.
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It’s been a long road for the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s period romance/horror remix Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to get made, but the film will arrive in theaters next February.
So far we’ve only seen a brief glimpse of the Regency era zombie flick, but now some new photos have debuted online showing off the deadly corset-wearing ladies of the film and just a hint of the zombie mayhem that will invade the fancy setting. And if you’re expecting a campy mix of zombie action and Jane Austen’s classic, apparently that’s not the case.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 by Angie Han
Briefly: After so, so many years of development, with just about every director-star combo imaginable, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies finally has a set release date. Screen Gems will put the comedy horror mashup in theaters February 19, 2016, putting it up against the Naomi Watts thriller Shut In.
Based on the hit novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies moves the plot of Jane Austen‘s Pride and Prejudice to an idyllic English countryside littered with the undead. Lily James, Bella Heathcote, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, and Suki Waterhouse play the five Bennet sisters. Sam Riley, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston, and Matt Smith are their would-be suitors. Burr Steers directs. [Coming Soon]
Posted on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
Nicolas Winding Refn has found some more beautiful people for his horror film about beautiful people. Keanu Reeves has boarded The Neon Demon, along with Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, and Bella Heathcote.
As previously reported, Elle Fanning leads the cast as “an aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise,” while Abbey Lee plays a dangerously unstable popular girl. More on the Neon Demon Keanu Reeves casting after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Angie Han
After years of on-again, off-again development, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies finally went in front of cameras last month. And today, we have our first look at some of the results.
Directed by Burr Steers and adapted from the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies adds an undead spin to the Jane Austen classic. Lily James and Bella Heathcote star. See the first Pride and Prejudice and Zombies image after the jump.
UPDATE: We’ve included a better version of the image.
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Posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
The big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is still shuffling along somehow. The latest word is that Lily James has replaced Lily Collins in the lead role of Elizabeth Bennet, while Sam Riley will play Mr. Darcy.
Bella Heathcote and Jack Huston are also expected to join. As we reported back in February, Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) is directing. Hit the jump for the latest details on the parody project that just won’t die.
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