Written & Directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle
Starring: Sean Bridgers, Lauren Ashley Carter, and Kaitlin Cullum
Jug Face tells the story of a pregnant teen trying to escape a backwoods community when she discovers that she may be sacrificed to a creature in a pit.
This is a classic example of me watching a film just because I liked the poster or DVD art. I do it all the time…with mixed results. This impulse watch didn’t turn out too well. Here’s the ten-cent spoiler-free synopsis. Every so often a hillbilly potter makes a jug that undoubtedly resembles one unfortunate member of their backwoods society. That person is then ceremoniously (or rather unceremoniously) sacrificed to a revered pit in the ground. This ancient and population reducing practice has gone on for generations – we’re not sure why – it just works for this community. Being a horror film, we know anyone that bucks tradition will ultimately die or cause several other people to die. I’ll keep this a surprise.
This starts off strong, reminding me that the town in the film could be from any one of several communities that surround my fancy Lexington home. No kidding. Religion and repressed or secret sexuality makes for intense bedfellows in a film like Kinkle’s debut. I didn’t hate this by any stretch, it just ended up painting itself into a predictable corner, signaling the floodgates of my indifference. Kinkle does have a great eye and the direction shows that clearly, The acting was well done and a little dab of low-budget special effects added some cool touches to the film. It’s up to you to decide what the message of the film is. If I have one takeaway from this flick, it’s to never live in a backwoods cult…or be a woman. Ugh.