Trailer: 'Drive' Director Returns To L.A. With A Glamorous Hollywood Horror
The director of Drive can't resist L.A.'s intoxicating beauty, and has returned with a glamorous Hollywood horror.
The Neon Demon—set to premiere in competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival—stars Elle Fanning as an aspiring model who gets caught up in the bloody (apparently) world of L.A.'s modeling scene. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, the film also stars Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks (who also appeared in Drive), and Jena Malone.
Plot details are scant, but Refn's wife told Dazed that the movie is based on the real life tale of Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed, who is said to have murdered 650 people and bathed in the blood of virgins to retain her youth.
On the film's Facebook page, Refn writes:
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.
He further expands on his love of Los Angeles in an interview with Deadline:
I love LA. It's probably my very favorite city in the world—and I can't drive a car so that takes a lot of love. I love being there, I love the mythology, everything about it. But I used to make films about trying to capture reality and I realized that was essentially always going to be a lose-lose. So, I decided to make things about heightened reality and LA is such an inspiring place because in a way it’s such an alien world. New York, Chicago, those more metropolitan landmarks in America, are very real, concrete. LA is a very odd vibe of this was the last frontier, this was where everything kind of stopped because they couldn’t go any further. It is the end of the world, the next stop is Tokyo.
The Neon Demon will premiere at Cannes in May and be released in June by Amazon Studios.