First off, the film is about woman power – feminism in a way. It is written by a woman, directed by a woman, and not a single one of its stars is either ditsy or a bimbo. In fact, they are normal, intelligent women stuck in a bad spot. There are breast shots sure, but now that I am older, I realize that they weren't what I thought. Not a single bit of nudity in this movie happens outside of what would be normal, everyday happenings. None of it is gratuitous. And there really isn't all that much of it.
Throughout the movie, you will see women playing the traditional rolls of men. A repair woman fixing the telephone or a carpenter building something. Almost all of the parts are played by women. There is a pizza boy and a paper boy, but not many others. Except, of course, the killer.
He is a man that kills only woman using a drill with a very long bit. It isn't hard to see the metaphor in that. He drills holes through these women as they do their best to fight back, for the most part holding their own until that one mistake that gets them killed. In the end, the killer is stopped by having his drill bit broken off by one of them. I can't say for a fact that the filmmakers were going for the metaphor, but I can't help but see it everywhere in this film.
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She's Turning Wet Dreams Into Nightmares!
The movie is jam packed with humor and special effects. Almost all of the jokes worked for me, and the characters actually came off as strangely relatable in a totally bombastic way. I felt for Carter, as well as his roommate, Riley – who plays some of the worst music you have ever heard, yet does it so lovingly that I was more than happy to hear it.
The plot centers around a sixteen-year-old girl named Jesse, Elle Fanning, just breaking into the modeling world. Her naïve/blank look stuns others in the business, and she rises very quickly. I believe the neon demon refers to the change that she goes through, becoming narcissistic and cold, but I am unsure if she ever actually goes through a change, or if she just hid who she was. This state of mind scares and threatens others who then get revenge. The movie contains rape, murder, necrophilia, and cannibalism.
Instead of looking for plot; the point of it all, I was more capable of seeing it for what it was – and it is magnificent. Fanning’s facial expression is so dead, like there is nothing inside her but air, yet she has an innocent beauty that is wonderfully captured in certain moments. Her voice is always soft and slow and she uses few words, but that only forges her persona further. It is very hard to figure out what is going on in her head, which lets you interpret each moment how you will.
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