Demi Moore’s Full-Frontal Nudity Earns Horror ‘The Substance’ Controversy

Demi Moore The Substance

May 21, 2024

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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After premiering to rave reviews at Cannes, Coralie Fargeat‘s (Revenge) star-studded body horror film The Substance, starring Demi Moore, currently has a 100% Fresh Rotten Tomatoes ranking. However, there is an issue. The film has garnered attention for being controversial, thanks to a particular scene featuring Demi Moore‘s full-frontal nudity. The question is, will one scene overshadow the entire film? According to the press, no.

At the Cannes press conference, 61-year-old Demi Moore addressed the nudity and her experience filming it, calling it a “vulnerable experience.”.

The Substance takes a chilling look at human cloning, our obsession with youth, and the lengths we’ll go to for beauty. The film boasts a powerhouse cast that includes Margaret Qualley and Dennis Quaid.

Moore stars as Elisabeth, an aging TV star who signs up for a mysterious medical regime known as “The Substance” that promises to create the perfect, younger, and better version of herself—played by Qualley. In the film, Moore also transforms into a frail, elderly woman through the magic of prosthetics.

The audience at Cannes responded to Demi Moore’s fearless portrayal, awarding the film a staggering 13-minute standing ovation. Critics have echoed this sentiment, praising her performance as truly “fearless.”

Following its successful Cannes debut, the streaming service Mubi has acquired the rights to distribute The Substance. We’ll let you know when the release date is announced. In the meantime, check out the new teaser trailer.



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