In theatres now from director Chad Crawford Kinkle and Modern Distributors is an old tale that lives deep in the woods and you don’t ever want to find a JUG FACE.
This film tells the story of Ada (Lauren Ashley Carter), a young woman living in the deep woods with a family that has deep rooted beliefs. Trusting in tradition, anyone who finds jug with their face knows they will be sacrificed to “the pit” because the pit wants what it wants.
While in the woods Ada finds a jug with her face and hides it and family members die tragically. If that isn’t enough for this young women, she discovers she is pregnant and wants to escape with her baby. The ghost of a young man tells her that whatever lives in the woods won’t allow her to get away.
Her father Sustin (Larry Fassenden) and mother Loriss (Sean Young) want to pass her on to a man believing that bearing children is her responsibility. They have no idea what has been happening right under there noses. The families do what they must to appease the horror that has surrounded them all.
As much as Ada tries, her family and the pit won’t let her leave.
FINAL WORD: Carter as Ada is perfect for this role. The pale skin and big eyes give her the look that’s needed to pull of this character. She is caught up in emotions, a way of life that she doesn’t agree with and a crazy mother that has a thing for checking virginity. She carries the film all the way to the end!
Fassenden is an endearing father who just wants to follow tradition and belief his daughter. Young is just crazy, bat guano insane and I liked it. There has to be one back woods freaky woman and she did it without blinking.
Other cast include: Sean Bridgers as Dawai, Kaitlin Cullum as Christie, Katie Groshong as Pyer, Scott Hodges as Crober, Daniel Manche as Jessaby, Jennifer Spriggs as Eilen, Marvin Starkman as Coops, Mathieu Whitman as Bodey and Alex Maizus as the Boy Ghost.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give JUG FACE three tubs of popcorn out of five. Filming in the backwoods with something as simple as a dug out pit is actually brilliant! Keeping everything geared around that community life gives the woods a role of its own. I’ve lived in the south so none of this is new to me – but it sure brings back memories of things I’ve seen deep in the backwoods.
Yes there is some blood but it isn’t grotesque but instead gives the viewer a little and lets the mind take care of the rest. That’s what makes a scary movie versus a horror movie. Kudos to the director for leaning more toward the scary than the other, which is highly overrated and expensive. With a budget of what I am sure is not what Hollywood shells out these days, this film proves you don’t have to have expensive effects and highly over paid actors to get the job done – and done well!
The idea for the film came from a trip to north Georgia. Director Kinkle says that while there his attention was toward the face jugs in the art museum. “As I watched a video of a potter in overalls talking about making face jugs, I saw in my mind a possessed potter with white eyes standing in a pit. Then I saw the potter craft a face jug with a girls face on it.”
Once again creativity kicks in for a film that is interesting to watch with twists and turns that are worth every moment.
In the end – the pit wants what it wants!
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