Indie Horror Films: DVD Review: Jug Face
It looks like Jug Face straight up killed all discussion. .. By the end I was just rooting for the demon to finish everyone as there pretty much. "Jug Face" is not uniformly polished; yet it's a breakthrough not so much for gore go crazy—/mountain folk from Kentucky/or the ribbed north end of Jersey. to ensure Ada's virginity before marriage—or being "joined" as the. That's what “Jug Face” tries to do, with mixed success. The relationship among Ada, Dawai and Sustin, which is, needless to say, complicated The ending of the film is disappointing, too, especially considering the fact that.
These are the things that stand out about JUG Face. It's an absolutely enthralling depiction of single mindedness and ignorant worship. The characters here are convincing if not always polished.
You really feel that they don't believe they have any other choices than the ones which they are compelled to make. They don't question their lives they simply live them out until the pit chooses them. However, once she is chosen, Ada must make a choice of her own With a larger budget this could have been a masterpiece of modern horror. As is, this is recommended for fans of true dread and moodily atmospheric thrillers. Was this review helpful?
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Thin air chaos-rampant 15 May A weird thing here. At first dark, textured about hillbilly life, promising some novelty.
The handpainted credits bespeak of more personal work, that this comes to us from people who wanted to be creative and not some Hollywood office. Jessaby bathes in the pit and it kills him while Ada goes into a trance. Sustin blows the horn. Ada reveals to Dawai that the pit wants her and her baby. Sustin and the community tie Dawai to a log near the pit, presuming that the pit will eventually take him.
Ada frees Dawai and they hitchhike into town. They try to sell moonshine to the storeowner, but he calls Sustin instead. Ada and Dawai are returned to the community and whipped. Ada later loses her baby while Loriss bathes her. She then sneaks out of her bedroom window to visit her grandfather and summon the emaciated boy.
The boy tells her that she must be sacrificed. While Sustin confronts Dawai as he is chained to the log again, the pit kills Sustin. Dawai blows the horn. Ada recovers her jug face and is then tied up next to Dawai.
Ada learns that Dawai will be spared if she sacrifices herself, so she chooses to die instead. In the morning, Ada has her throat slit in ceremony over the pit. Not too much can be shared about the plot details. Not because the story involves any Keyser Soze-like twist, but because it unfolds in a very calculated order. Scenes take on different meanings later in the film as new character relationships are identified and as additional backstories are exposed.
THE SPOILER ROOM: JUG FACE
The story is easily followed, but the piecemeal revelation creates a layered viewing experience without relying on storytelling shocks or having to keep secrets from the audience. These are the kind of country folk who do their laundry on a washboard in the crick and who celebrate major events with music that features clanging spoons as an instrument. Their names include Bodey, Jessaby, Sustin, and Loriss. But these are not inbred hillbillies likely to play dueling banjos anytime soon. Although the healing gifts of the pit do come with a price, as the sentient hole in the forest floor gives only as much as it takes away.
The slow crawl stride of the film goes unnoticed, with interest sustained by the developing personalities. As simple as their ways are, they are also fascinating. There is much more going on in this place than just a dimwit tribe of bumpkins blindly worshipping a hole in the ground.
Whatever country stereotypes still existed in the script when filming began were shed by performances that treat the roles as reverentially as the characters treat the pit. The cast respects these personalities as having complexities that belie their rustic way of life.
Sean Bridgers turns disposable dialogue into memorable moments with subtle inflections and subtler mannerisms. Lauren Ashley Carter gives her character Ada as much intelligence as she does internal conflict.
And Larry Fessenden and Sean Young make for a pair of parents that perfectly encapsulates everything good and bad that can be attributed to the people residing in these shacks and trailers.