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Queer Teen Love Burgeons in Psychological Thriller Knives and Skin 

Queer Teen Love Burgeons in Psychological Thriller Knives and Skin 

Knives and Skin

Teen girls begin to act on their attraction in this trippy independent thriller.

Director Jennifer Reeder (Signature Move, Crystal Lake) has delivered a queer and feminist psychological thriller with Knives and Skin that investigates the aftermath of a teen girl's disappearance on the residents of a small Illinois town.

When Carolyn (Raven Whitley) goes missing following a fight with her boyfriend, her mother, friends, and various townspeople unravel in various ways.

The film's synopsis is as follows:

What happened to Carolyn Harper? Part suburban nightmare, part neon-soaked teenage fever dream, this tantalizing mystery traces the wave of fear and distrust that spreads across a small Midwestern town in the wake of a high school girl's mysterious disappearance. As the loneliness and darkness lurking beneath the veneer of everyday life gradually comes to light, a collective awakening seems to overcome the town's teenage girls--gathering in force until it can no longer be contained. Unfolding in a hallucinatory haze of lushly surreal images, Knives and Skin is a one-of-a-kind coming-of-age noir that haunts like a half-remembered dream.

In the exclusive clip below Laurel (Kayla Carter) and Colleen (Emma Ladji) begin to act on their attraction to one another in a scene that fades from a conversation between the young women about a "story problem" that turns into a trippy melding of their faces to a cover of Modern English's "I Melt with You."

Knives and Skin is in theaters and available on VOD and Digital HD on December 6.

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