|JUG FACE (director/writer: Chad Crawford Kinkle; cinematographer: Chris Heinrich; editor: Zach Passero; music: Sean Spillane; cast: Lauren Ashley Carter (Ada), Sean Bridgers (Dawai), Sean Young (Loriss), Larry Fessenden (Sustin), Daniel Manche (Jessaby), Scott Hodges (Corber), Katie Groshong (Pyer), Alex Maizus (Emaciated Boy), Marvin Starkman (Coops), Mathieu Whitman (Bodey); Runtime: 81; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Robert Tonino/Andrew van den Houten; Modern Distributors; 2013)|
|"Has a chilling atmosphere."
by Dennis Schwartz
feature film directed without much invention by Chad
Crawford Kinkle. It tells the whack
story of the pregnant teen Ada (Lauren
Ashley Carter) trying to escape a backwoods
community when she discovers that she may be
sacrificed to a creature in a pit. You see
that's just the custom in those parts, a ritual to
keep the community safe by the self-sacrifice of the
vic. The ceremony is dictated by the visions of the
moronic village potter (Sean Bridgers),
known for his creations of jugs with the faces of the
vics. By the way her brother Jessaby (Daniel
Manche) knocked her up. The story plugs
along as Ada tries to get out of this eerie jam, which
includes calling ou the ghosts of past vics for help.
pic as written by its young director has a chilling
atmosphere, and offers a knowing wink to how it is in
hillbilly communities. Ada's domineering parents are
played by cult film director Larry
Fessenden and B-movie maven Sean Young. So
you can well see, she has good movie bloodlines.
ridiculous minor pic is more about setting such a
downbeat mood than shooting for scares. It might suit
a viewer to catch it on late night cable, because it
just doesn't cut it as a theater release.
tagline is "The pit wants what it wants."
REVIEWED ON 2/1/2016 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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