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THE NEON DEMON <span>(2016)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 115

Release dates 31/10/2016, 08/07/2016

Ratings Info strong bloody images, necrophilia, sexual assault

Genre(s) Horror, Drama

Director(s) Nicolas Winding Refn

Cast includes Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Karl Glusman, Desmond Harrington

Summary THE NEON DEMON is a drama about a young model whose arrival in Los Angeles provokes both desire and jealousy.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for adults icon18

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 28/06/2016

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE NEON DEMON is a drama about a young model whose arrival in Los Angeles provokes both desire and jealousy.

Disturbing images

Strong bloody images include a character stabbing herself with scissors, causing blood to gush out, and sight of blood and brief gore in the aftermath of implied cannibalism. Some of the bloody images are sexualised, including two characters showering to remove blood.

There is a sequence in which a character's throat appears to have been cut, although this is subsequently revealed to be a make-up effect for a photo shoot.

There is a sequence of necrophilia, in which a woman kisses a naked corpse, straddles it and appears to masturbate.


There is a scene in which a man enters a woman's room and wakes her by touching her with a knife. He then pushes the knife into her mouth, although he does not physically injure her.

Another scene suggests that a woman or girl is being attacked in a motel room, although only sounds are heard from the adjoining room and nothing is shown.

A further scene shows a woman attempting to force herself on another woman, lying on top of her and trying to kiss her and rub against her. The other woman firmly resists, shoving the women off the bed.

The film also contains scenes of sexual activity, strong visual and verbal sex references, moments of strong violence (including a woman being punched in the face by another woman), a sequence in which a man paints a woman's body with gold paint, nudity, and occasional strong language ('f**k').

This work contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.


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