The Neon Demon (2016)

director: Nicolas Winding Refn
release-year: 2016
genres: horror, sexploitation
countries: USA
languages: English

In this "psychological horror" film, Coraline's younger sister stares 5 degrees off from the camera lens and blinks in slow-motion for about 2 hours.

Blink twice if you need help writing a story.

The psychological horror is, I suppose, the ever-growing fear that the film might end before it develops a plot.

They can't notice the missing plot if we stay perfectly still.

Spoiler alert: this is exactly what happens.

This film is about… staring into the camera.

I have no explanation for a 2-hour long film of people standing mostly motionless and doing absolutely nothing. All of it takes place under fancy colored set lighting, though. It's like a cinematographer's demo reel, but pitched as a horror film.

If you blow all of your budget on set lighting, you won't be able to afford a script writer.

The girl from Donnie Darko tries her darndest to pull it back together and act out a scene with a plot every now and then, but she never succeeds in getting the other characters to play along.

Donnie's girlfriend looks for the plot.

I don't know, maybe it was a metaphor or something.

A metaphor for wasting 2 hours.