The indie backwoods horror flick Jug Face is a fantastic feature debut from Chad Crawford Kinkle as he crafts a patient slow-burning tale of a mysterious pit in the woods that chooses who lives and who dies. Jug Face tells the story of a pregnant teen trying to escape a backwoods community when she discovers that she may be sacrificed to a creature in a pit.
It’s an extremely well shot and thought out film that doesn’t waste any time explaining just what exactly is going on with this evil pit. Instead we learn quickly that the pit is just a way of life for this community as they go on with their daily business; that is, until the pit wants a sacrifice. One of the film’s creepiest elements is how accepting these people are when it becomes their turn to be sacrificed to the pit. The scenes are haunting as you watch them kneel over a stump and prepare to have their throats slit.
It’s an extremely unique film and a wonderful addition to the slow-burn genre. My only real gripe is that the the low budget really shines through in a few scenes that just come off cheesy and out of place when we see the ghost of a boy who’s soul is left to wander the woods. Just when you’re really locked into the suspense of the film, this ghost shows up and really takes you out of the entire scene. That being said, it’s an easily forgivable element to the film as everything else is tied together so damn well.
Sean Bridgers and Lauren Ashley Carter really dial in on some fantastic performances as they bring Kinkle’s film to life. As I said, you never really learn the origins of this pit or the back story of the community who so heavily rely on it — this keeps you wanting more well after the credits roll. It’s really an interesting story that has many layers just waiting to be peeled back.
Chad Crawford Kinkle’s feature debut is one hell of an entry into the horror genre and one that’s well worth your time. Jug Face is exactly the kind of indie horror film that keeps fans coming back for more. It’s a genuine and fascinating slow-burn that’s just waiting for its next sacrifice.