Halloween was a few days ago and it would be a crime if you don’t watch at least one horror film just for the spirit of the holiday. This year my friends and I decided to see The Neon Demon, a film that came out a few months ago starring Elle Fanning as lead actress.
The plot follows an aspiring model in Los Angeles whose youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has. In theory it sounds interesting and the trailer was really promising but in reality in was not even half as good. First of all, there were a lot of plot holes. I know that this is a common problem in this genre, but here it was just annoying since there was almost no action. The whole time I was expecting something thrilling to happen yet nothing was happening. All the scary and gory scenes were congested in the last 20 minutes which was a notch too much and by the end it got just messed up. What I did like, however, was the general atmosphere of the film. It was really beautiful and aesthetically pleasing for a horror (no surprise since it’s set in the Los Angeles fashion world). It is visible that it took a lot of hard work to make it look like that.
Overall, I think it was kind of a mixture between Black Swan and Scream Queens and it would be a lie to say I didn’t enjoy it at least a little bit. Would I watch it again? Probably not. Would I recommend it? Only if you are ready for 117 minutes of thinking “What the hell is happening?” and “Oh, God, that is too messed up!”.
My rating: 4.5/10