The latest offering from the director of Drive (2011) promises beautiful, wicked scares.
When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
Such is the synopsis for the upcoming horror-thriller The Neon Demon, written and directed by Nicholas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising, Drive), and starring Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Abbey Lee.
Refn has said that the film is inspired by the true story of sixteenth-century serial killer Countess Elizabeth Báthory, who was accused of killing hundreds of young women, and – as legend has it – bathed in the blood of virgins to stay young.
In a quote shared by Indiewire, the director described the birth of his idea:
“One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty.”
It was announced today that The Neon Demon will screen at The Cannes Film Festival in May.
Those of us who won’t make it to that screening will have to settle for the strange, beautiful, creepy trailer for The Neon Demon for now: