Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon is the gory, Gothic, visually gorgeous tale of a very dangerous girl. To celebrate its release, we’ve teamed up with the director for an exclusive season of films that inspired him.
Nicolas Winding Refn Presents.. dates vary at participating cinemas. Explore the season by selecting a title below or scroll to the bottom of the page and select your local Picturehouse.
From Friday 15 July
Director: Brian De Palma. USA 1976. 98 mins.
This really is a high-school prom night to remember. Based on the novel by Stephen King, De Palma’s celebrated shocker stars Sissy Spacek as a bullied teenager with telekinetic powers.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s verdict: ‘a visual feast.’
From Friday 22 July
Director: David Cronenberg. Canada 1983. 89 mins.
Undoubtedly the finest of Cronenberg’s body-horror masterpieces, Videodrome follows Deborah Harry and James Woods on a descent into a nightmare world of snuff, sadism and paranoia.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s verdict: “I love this movie! I first watched this on VHS, which made it feel more urgent in a way. It also contains the greatest line ever… Long live the new flesh!”
From Friday 29 July
Under The Skin (15)
Director: Jonathan Glazer. UK 2013. 108 mins.
Do you think I’m pretty? Scarlett Johansson drives around Scotland, picking up men and luring them to a very strange fate, in this eerie, dreamlike and visually ravishing sci-fi.
From 5 August
Body Double (18)
Director: Brian De Palma. USA 1984. 114 mins.
An unemployed actor obsessively watches the woman in the apartment opposite – until he becomes a witness to her murder. This violent erotic thriller riffs on Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Rear Window.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s verdict: “They should make more movies like this nowadays.”
From 12 August
Mulholland Drive (15)
Director: David Lynch. France/USA 2001. 146 mins.
A would-be starlet borrows a Hollywood apartment, only to find it already occupied by a stranger. Master auteur Lynch won Best Director at Cannes with this dark and wilfully complex noir.
From 19 August
Director: Dario Argento. Italy 1977. 97 mins. Italian with English subtitles.
An American travels to Germany to train at a ballet school, but soon finds herself in labyrinth of murder, madness and black magic. Beautiful and terrifying, Suspiria is one of the greatest horror films ever made.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s verdict: “A pretty groovy film… it’s the ultimate cocaine movie.”
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