Sometimes you see a film and you can’t really say you’ve seen anything like it. One of those films – is Jug Face. Jug Face is a 2013 film written and directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle and takes place in the most backwoods hillbilly place I could ever imagine. It’s likely that places like this still exist today – where the people live where they have always lived, surviving by the rules they have always survived by – and as long as the Pit gets what it wants? The simple life goes on as usual.
But when the Pit doesn’t get what it wants? There will be hell – and blood to pay. Jug Face revolves around Ada and her interesting way of coping with life in this little town. You see – girls here don’t have much to do. And then they suffer pre-arranged marriages, and the only thing left to do is well . . . have babies. Pre-martial sex is a huge no no, so it’s a bad thing Ada has been having sex.
And an even worse thing? With her own brother. When Ada is set to be wed to some poor schmuck named Bodey, her life gets thrown into a tail spin. And not because of the pre-arranged marriage, or the fact that she’s now pregnant with her brother’s baby. No, Ada has been chosen.
You see The Pit has been around almost as long as this little redneck community has. And during one of its darkest moments – the Pit saved the community from a terrible outbreak of the pox. All it required? Was a sacrifice. And not just any sacrifice – but one it chooses through the possession of a local town artist. That artist – Dawai – every so often gets taken over and sculpts himself a jug. And whoever’s face it shows? Takes the honor of giving themselves to the Pit. And this time – it was Ada’s turn.
But of course, for the sake of her child and honestly, her own life – she tries to avoid the Pit at all cost. And that is when things get even weirder (it doesn’t seem possible – but it truly does).
Jug Face made me uncomfortable at times, while simultaneously grabbing a hold of my attention and never letting go until the final moments. It had its slow moments, but overall was a very intriguing and disturbing story, one that made you actually get involved with the characters and truly wonder if the Pit’s mind could be changed. My only real complaints were the strange effects surrounding a ghost-like character that just seemed to be forced and outlandish for this movie’s atmosphere. Beyond that? If you’re looking for something slightly strange with a unique twist on the cult-inspired horror genre? Jug Face it is.
Director/Writer: Chad Crawford Kinkle
Starring: Sean Bridgers, Lauren Ashley Carter, Kaitlin Cullum, Larry Fessenden, Katie Groshong