Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Jug Face

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Jug Face

Article excerpt

Directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle

( Slamdance Special Screening)

Jug Face is clearly intended to be a horror film. A young woman, Ada, is trying to avoid death. It is her turn to die, because Dawai, a potter in the area has created a jug with Ada's face on it. Dawai is moved by the pit. When the pit requires a sacrifice, it moves Dawai to create a jug with the face of the next victim on it. Victims have their throats slit over the pit, thereby feeding the pit with their blood. There is a ghost boy (listed in the credits as "emaciated boy") and Ada has some very unusual experiences where she seems to go into a trance. Throat slitting, ghosts, surprise encounters, and trances are all elements that make up the horror story.

But, the story is interesting to those interested in religion and film because the people of the area (it is not quite a village) worship the pit. The characters in this movie come to us right out of Deliverance. There is a pit that they worship. The pit demands an occasional sacrifice, but the people believe that it also provides sustenance. There are a variety of rituals associated with the pit. Those who must die are encouraged to die with dignity, to submit themselves to the throat slitting ritual. This is a quite simple religion. The pit represents God. The people worship the pit. The pit gives and it takes away. How the pit influences Dawai is mystical. Ada is to be partnered with Bodie, but she needs to be pure in order to do so, and she is not pure. …

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