Knives and Skin

Psychological Thriller, 1 hr 51 min

A mystical teen noir that follows a young girl’s disappearance in the rural Midwest and its effect on teens and parents.


Prepare yourself for a film unlike anything you’ve ever seen before

Knives and Skin (2019, Jennifer Reeder) opens with the disappearance of Carolyn Harper, a young schoolgirl, which leads her small Midwestern town into disarray in the wake of her sudden and mysterious absence. However, this is definitely not your average high school crime drama.

Knives and Skin is a cynical look at the human condition, which combines the fantastic and the horrific through a hazy, surrealist lens. It explores the disturbia and psychosexuality lurking beneath the surface of lifeless, suburban living, making for a completely unique coming-of-age neo-noir film. The film’s extremely vibrant colour palette lends itself well to making Knives and Skin feel incredibly dreamlike, with the choppy narrative jumping from scene to scene as if they are hallucinatory fragments, leaving the whole film beautifully enigmatic and complex. Although, the narrative does not feel overly turbulent and complicated, as the audience’s confusion feels as though it’s meant to match that of the confusion of the characters onscreen, as we follow them through their journey of intense realisation and self-discovery.

Watching Knives and Skin, I immediately drew comparisons to Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon (2016), and All Cheerleaders Die (2013, Lucky McKee and Chris Silvertson).  The film has a sublime mix of horror and beauty, which integrate together perfectly on a lush neon backdrop.

This film is absolutely one-of-a-kind, its aesthetic temporality combining influences from several different genres to create a totally unique viewing experience. Prepare yourself for a film unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

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