In the movie, The Neon Demon (2016), Ruby and her two other friends, Gigi and Sarah

kill Jesse and eat her.

Ruby is in a bath tub full of blood, covered till her neck, after that there's a scene where Ruby lies on the floor naked perpendicular to a big glass window, moonlight slid through the window on her, that's when large amounts of thick blood starts to spread on the floor, necessarily coming out of her genitals, the scene ends with Ruby gently smiling.

What is the meaning of this scene? Is it a reference to any cult classic?


I was at a Q+A with Nicholas Winding Refn last year, where he answered a question about 'the male gaze' which should go some way to answering this, or at least highlighting the directors intentions...

I have no direct transcript, but his words were to the effect of presenting the three girls as a witches coven, with Ruby as their high priestess. The girls initially try to indoctrinate Jesse into their mindset to bring her into the Coven, but realize she is incompatible with their mindset, and are filled with jealousy.

It is purposely ambiguous, but as Ruby is the propagator/leader she could also be the broodmare. The sequence is evocative of a number of horror tropes, but I don't believe it to be referencing a film in particular.

Winding Refn often creates evocative imagery (particularly around genre), but does not necessarily homage individual films.

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