Horror Review: Jug Face (2013)

Jug Face

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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.

Director: Chad Crawford Kinkle
Writer: Chad Crawford Kinkle
Stars: Sean Bridgers, Lauren Ashley Carter, Kaitlin Cullum

I am not even sure if Chad Crawford Kinkle’s “Jug Face” is even a horror movie as it does not seem to fully fit into any defined subgenre of horror, but there are enough chilling moments in the film to warrant it being labeled as horror if we had to select a genre for it.

With a setting of a backwoods town and a group of inhabitants that live a little behind the times, “Jug Face” does some really nice things with the little that it is given. Lauren Ashley Carter is terrific as Ada as is most of the cast alongside her.

With not much to his name outside of a short in 2011, Chad Crawford Kinkle weaves a nice tale of a young pregnant girl (Carter) who finds out that she is to be wed to one of her neighbors. We hear numerous references to “The Pit” and we find out that the group sacrifices one of their own to it. This person is determined by a face made on a jug by the community potter. Ada discovers that she is next to be given to The Pit and attempts to escape from her destiny. As expected, things go a little astray after that point.

As a slow burn, “Jug Face” works very well on so many levels with the tension being served up rather nicely for two thirds of the film. The exceptional acting carries the film throughout this buildup and Chad Crawford Kinkle’s attention to detail is noted on so many aspects of the film.

Another positive aspect of the film is just how grounded the film is. It does what it sets out to do with a miniscule budget and aspiring director. And while the ending is less than spectacular, we find many things to be excited about with the film.