Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
What does neon lighting mean?
From the Italian horror ‘Suspiria’ (1977) to the psychological thriller ‘The Neon Demon’ (2016). Neon lighting typically implies something sinister, maybe something otherworldly. It’s most frequently associated with horror genres or sub-genres and something perhaps set in the past. There’s a certain nostalgia that comes to mind with the combination of dramatic synth music and a high contrast monotone, a la ‘The Guest’ (2014). It’s gritty in ‘Springbreakers’ (2012) and uncomfortable in ‘Enter the Void’ (2009). No matter the colour, the scene or the themes one thing’s for certain. Throw a high-key neon light in a film and your audience is bound to feel uneasy. Any thoughts?