The Neon Demon

I don’t think anyone was expecting a unanimous reaction to Nicolas Winding Refn‘s The Neon Demon. Refn’s horror film just screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and the critical response was mixed, to say the least. Some have claimed the reaction was even more divisive than when Only God Forgives debuted at the festival — which likely pleases Refn, who never attempts to satisfy all audiences. “I can only say if you’ve polarized, you’ve done something right,” he once said. “If everyone likes it, you’ve done something wrong.”

Check out The Neon Demon early buzz below.

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The Neon Demon international trailer

“Beauty isn’t everything; it’s the only thing,” Keanu Reeves‘ (John Wick) character claims in The Neon Demon international trailer. We haven’t seen much of Reeves in the past trailers for the film, and, thankfully, the international trailer continues to portray him as more of a background player. Besides plenty of neon lighting and blood, we still don’t fully know what to expect from Nicolas Winding Refn‘s upcoming film. While international trailers tend to have a habit of spoiling surprises or major plot points, this one doesn’t appear to reveal too much from the Drive and Only God Forgive director’s latest project.

Watch The Neon Demon international trailer below.

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The Neon Demon

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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The Neon Demon trailer

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 »

Star Trek Beyond

We’re only a few days into spring, but summer blockbuster season will be here before you know it. So let’s take a few minutes to look ahead at some of this year’s most highly anticipated offerings. We’ve got new photos today from X-Men: Apocalypse, WarcraftJason BourneGhostbustersIndependence Day: Resurgence, Suicide Squad, Star Trek Beyond, and The Neon Demon. Check ’em all out below. Read More »

Nicolas Winding Refn on Drive set

Having just completed The Neon DemonNicolas Winding Refn is preparing to dive headfirst into his next new movie. He’s set to team with Spectre and Skyfall scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade for an Asia-set action-thriller, which may or may not be his previously mentioned project The Avenging SilenceRead More »

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The Avenging Silence

This past summer brought our first look at Nicolas Winding Refn‘s next film, a horror project called The Neon Demon. At the time, the film didn’t have a distributor and we weren’t sure when it would arrive. But today, Amazon Studios has announced acquisition of the film starring Elle Fanning, and they’ve released a new still from the movie as well. So when can you watch it? Read More »

Maniac Cop remake director

Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Maniac Cop remake is taking its sweet time coming together, but rest assured it hasn’t fallen by the wayside completely. Last year we learned Ed Brubaker had written the script, and today comes news that John Hyams will direct. More about the Maniac Cop remake director after the jump.  Read More »

the act of seeing

The guy who made Bronson and Drive wants to take you on a trip to the 42nd Street of ’60s and ’70s New York City. As a guidebook, he offers a collection of lurid and strange movie posters.

Of course Nicolas Winding Refn, a writer and director, and a participant in The American Genre Film Archive, is a wildly knowledgable cinephile. He has an incredible collection of exploitation movie posters that is now being published as the book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing. Guided by Refn and written by Alan Jones, the founder of Film 4 Fright Fest, The Act of Seeing gives museum treatment to posters that were thought of as anything but art when they adorned the windows of grindhouse theaters decades ago.

I spoke to Refn about his collection and the appeal of the films these posters represent, even when the posters are less than honest about the movies they’re selling. Our conversation ranged into the raw basement design of bootlegged images for stolen films, and the appeal of the 1961 Dennis Hopper film Night Tide. Read More »