Jug Face (2013)
Dir- Chad Crawford Kinkle
A young girl who lives a remote rural community faces a series of challenges when she learns that not only is she pregnant out of wedlock but that she has been selected to be a sacrifice in a ritual ceremony that will ensure prosperity for her community. Jug Face reminded me of Children of the Corn in that the community lives in fear of a supernatural force that has control over their lives and destiny. However, we tend to see rural horror movies from the perspective of an outsider who wanders into the community and is at odds with what they find. One of the best examples is the 1973 movie The Wicker Man featuring Edward Woodward. Doe-eyed newcomer Lauren Ashley Carter stands out as Ada, who despite her naive appearance is fiercely loyal to her family and friends as well as displaying a rugged spirit that may challenge what her community expects from her. Jug Face is a fresh perspective in this unique genre, and with Ms. Carter's portrayal of a community member wanting to defy the community expectations, this is a movie that is worth checking out especially to see the fresh newcomer Lauren Ashley Carter.