Witchcraft and Film as Ritual in The Neon Demon

When Nicolas Winding-Refn announced The Neon Demon, he described cannibal supermodels, taking inspiration from the Hungarian Countess, Erzsebet Bathory (who is also the basis for many vampire myths). Of course, if you've seen the film that's obvious, but what I saw was a ritual. Each stand out moment fits perfectly with the concept of witches performing an invocation of a demon - one that will grant them eternal beauty and power. Believe me, this is no Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages (1922).