Slamdance Film Review: Jug Face

Posted January 25, 2013 in
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Slamdance Film Festival

Director: Chad Crawford Kinkle


This story takes place in the rural woods of the Deep South, and it may just be the most dark and bloody films about pottery ever made. A tight-knit community of moonshine-making hillbillies devote themselves to an evil pit in the ground, which they keep happy by occasionally sacrificing one of their people. That’s where the pottery comes into play. The evil pit possesses the town’s potter, Dawai, and he sculpts clay jugs with the faces of people to be sacrificed. But the shit really hits the fan when Dawai makes a jug with the face of Ada, who is pregnant with her brother’s baby and doesn’t want to die. Ada secretly steals the jug and hides it in the woods, at which point the pit unleashes its deadly wrath on the townspeople. There are a few scary moments that will make you flinch, but there are also some pretty graphic gore scenes, such as the throat-slitting which takes place during the sacrifices. Even as bizarre as the plot may be, director Chad Crawford Kinkle does a nice job balancing out the gore and drama, and you never feel comfortable about what’s around the corner.