The Horror Honeys: Honey Buzz ~ Winding Refn's THE NEON DEMON

Honey Buzz ~ Winding Refn's THE NEON DEMON

From a stylistic standpoint, Nicolas Winding Refn is one of my favorite directors. Valhalla Rising and Bronson are two of my favorites of his, and after a whole lot of talk over last summer that he would be taking over the story of Elisa Lam and her mysterious death in LA's Cecil Hotel, Refn has finally announced a new project. Imagine my glee when I learned that his new film The Neon Demon will be not only female led... but is being billed as a horror film and has a fairly creepy plot premise to go with it. Starring in the film will be Abby Lee (a model who has previously appeared on the Victoria Secret runways, and in MadMax: Fury Road) and the newest blonde "it girl" Elle Fanning (Maleficent). 

Deadline was the first to report Lee's casting, and also included some extra tidbits about the role...but they also sound like spoilers... but whatever, bring it on. 

In Neon Demon, she plays a cool ringleader that other girls want to follow. Envious, emotionally unstable and a tad delusional, she shows her true maniacal colors in the end. After first creeping Jesse out by sucking the blood out of her wound, she ends up killing and later eating Jesse to absorb her virginal youth and beauty.


Fanning will be playing “an aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise.” Fanning's character name isn't listed on IMDb, but it's probably a pretty safe bet that she's the Jesse mentioned in that quote.

Refn scripted Neon Demon with Mary Laws. He’s been rather vague about the plot so far, but last year SlashFilm reported these details:
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. After making Drive and falling madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles, I knew I had to return to tell the story of The Neon Demon. This movie is a manifestation of the strong ties between us and will lead to many more adventures.
That's a semi-awkward quote Nicholas... but I'm willing to benefit of the doubt this one.

The Neon Demon begins production this spring in Los Angeles. No release date has been set, but you can bet your ass we'll be paying attention.