The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon

The next installment of our Neon Nightmares series is The Neon Demon, a psychological horror film from Nicolas Winding Refn.

The film follows Jesse, a 16-year-old girl who moves from Georgia to LA in hope of becoming a model. Faced with pressure from industry insiders, she misrepresents aspects of herself like her age and sexual activity in order to fit in. It seems to be a winning strategy at first, but Jesse starts to crack as the world she so desperately wanted to be a part of shows itself for what it really is.

Featuring a magnetic performance by Elle Fanning, The Neon Demon is another entrancing offering from the director of Drive.


“Archly silly, quotable, visually hypnotic and perfectly suited for repeat viewings.” – Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

“Refn is hardly the first moviemaker to find a link between supermodels and scary monsters, but he may be the most style-minded one to make the connection.” – Peter Howell, Toronto Star

“The Neon Demon offers, without a doubt, incomparable style and substance.” – Hanna B, Film Threat