10 Films to Watch in Anticipation of Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘The Neon Demon’

An evocative trailer dropped this week for Nicolas Winding Refn’s female-led horror film The Neon Demon. The Palme d’Or contender, starring Elle Fanning as an aspiring model in Los Angeles whose “youth and vitality [is] devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has,” deals with the familiar ingénue on a quest for fame and perfection trope, captured through Refn’s violent and stylish lens. Comparisons to other movies by film critics abound well before its release. In anticipation of The Neon Demon, here are ten films that share similarities with Refn’s movie and, perhaps, inspired the director’s surreal tale.