HORROR BUSINESS Episode 24: I Love L.A. (STARRY EYES and THE NEON DEMON)

Greetings beautiful ones and welcome back to Horror Business, the podcast that knows that what’ s inside is what really counts. Thanks as always for listening, and we have a great episode for you!

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This episode we are talking about two films that take place within the entertainment industry of Los Angeles: 2014’s Starry Eyes and 2016 The Neon Demon.

We begin by talking about what we’ve seen recently. We were fortunate enough to catch a screening of A Nightmare On Elm St 3: Dream Warriors in Philadelphia as part of the Wizard World/Bloody Disgusting horror festival. What made the screening extra special was that there was live commentary by director Chuck Russell and the one and only Heather Langenkampf. To make it even MORE extra special was that the event was MC’d by Ryan Lamber and Andre Gower of the classic ‘80s horror movie The Monster Squad. We briefly discuss Justin seeing The Mummy and The Bye Bye Man, and then we spend a goodish amount of time talking about a film we both loved called It Comes At Night.

First up is 2014’s Starry Eyes. We begin by giving a brief summation of the plot and discuss the film’s influences from some other classic horror films, including the works of David Lynch, as well as Rosemary’s Baby and Possession.

The film as a metaphor for what it’s like to struggle in the film industry of Los Angeles is discussed at length.

The performances of the actors, the special effects, and some of the imagery of the film is also examined, as is the concept of willing sacrifice in traditional witchcraft and how that relates to the film.

Up next is 2016’s The Neon Demon. We briefly talk about Nicholas Refn Winding’s prior work, as well as his inspiration for this film.

The ‘on the nose’ tendency of the film in portraying various metaphors is discussed. The performances of the actors, the motivations of the characters, and the films rather stunning visuals are discussed at length.

We briefly touch upon Winding’s earnest attempt to create a feminist film that falls just short of actually succeeding as a work of feminist cinema but still critiques masculinity and patriarchy successfully.

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Justin Lore

Justin Lore

Greetings and salutations. My name is Justin Lore, and in addition to being a real life pawn star, an obsessive dog dad, and a falsely accused Lovecraft apologist, I am the creator and co-host of the podcast Horror Business and the communications manager and assistant editor of Cinepunx. I saw Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ at the age of six and horror films have been a large part of my life since then. Favorite directors include John Carpenter, George Romero, David Lynch, James Cameron, Wes Anderson, and David Cronenberg. I don’t eat animals, I abstain from the partaking of drugs and alcohol, I think ‘Friday The 13th’ is the most overrated franchise in film history and if I ever saw Metallica live and they played ‘Blackened’ there’s a decent chance I’d be led out in handcuffs because the pit would get murdered.
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