Jug Face is a low-budget indie horror movie, but that doesn’t mean that it is automatically not worth as much as any other movie. I can say without doubt that I’ve seen films by big studios that were way worse than this one.
The movie centers around a pregnant teenage girl called Ada who lives in a small, deeply religious community. This community does not worship any god, though. Instead, its members believe that their prosperity is the result of a pit – or actually, what resides in there. This being may be said to be benevolent, but the fact that it requires human sacrifices proves otherwise. It makes its desired victim known by showing their images to the village’s sculptor, who in turn sculpts a jug with the victim’s face on it. When Ada realises that she is next to be sacrificed, she decides to flee. However, she soon finds out that there is a price to be paid by those who refuse to hand themselves over.
As for the horror aspect, I did not find this movie that gruesome, which is a good thing to me. The audience never gets to see the monster’s face, as everything it does is only viewed from its own point of view. However, the bloody remains of the villagers are enough proof to me of what it can do. To be honest, it slightly scared me. The question of who would be next remained throughout the movie. Again, though, the villagers themselves were the ones who actually hunted me after I finished watching. They appeared to be the real evil – yet they were right. Frighteningly, I could understand their dilemma, no matter how much I abhorred it. That was part of this movie’s power. Cults are a terrifying thing, but what if some of them are actually right?
For those who want to be scared of their seats, this is not the right movie. However, for those who like a tale about the effects of a cult on the human mind and more, it might be a great choice.
Cast: Sean Bridgers, Lauren Ashley Carter, Larry Fessenden, Sean Young and Daniel Manche.
Director: Chad Crawford Kinkle