[BD Review] Cultish Thriller ‘Jug Face’ A Creepy Slow-Burn

Moderncine is a company that should receive more praise than it gets. They’ve become the model for consistency, delivering a flurry of well made independent films over the past few years (including The Woman, Offspring and Ghoul). The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival played host to the world premiere of Jug Face, a cultish thriller from producer Lucky McKee and director Chad Crawford Kinkle.

The pic, which re-teams The Woman stars Lauren Ashley Carter and Sean Bridgers, follows a large backwoods community who live their lives by worshipping a pit. The pit is their God, and apparently one that is very real. There’s a treaty in place, where a semi-shaman, played by Bridgers, is given a vision to sculpt the “next” sacrifice on a jug. Said face is to be executed to the pit. Failure to comply makes the put angry, and hell ensues. You get the idea.

Jug Face feels really small, in a good way, and captures the essence of this tiny group of worshippers. It’s aesthetically similar to other Moderncine movies; it’s a look that gives the film quality and technical shows expertise. Although, it’s carried by strong performances, and a few explicate shots of gore.

If anything, Jug Face fits into the world of May. Although someone else directs the pic, it feels much like a Lucky McKee film. Knowing this, fans should expect an insanely bizarre and creepy slow-burn with a lot of good ideas, and precise execution. It also harbors the lesson: don’t fuck with the pit…

Official Score

  • John Marrone

    You hit this on the head. It feels small and simple but plays out like a good book, well paced even at a slow burn, and interesting. Lauren Ashley Carter nailed her role – and its (perhaps not) ironic that McKee produces over this, as she channels an embodiment that Angela Bettis would have had is she were younger. 7/10 – its got that familiar Moderncine domestic Hell thing going on on a family level, and its technically tight like most of the other films theyve done – making it sort of transcend what you’d normally get from an indie fling. Credit has to go to the screenwriter behind it who’d won a contest and got this noticed – its a good story. And original. Good acting. Moderncine has a great talent pool. Stage actors, underrated directors like Siverston. Cant wait for All Cheerleaders Must Die. The Lost was really violent and did that “color thing” better than Argento IMO. Thumbs up.