Director: Chad Crawford Kinkle | USA | 2013 | 81 mins

In a remote backwoods community, an ancient rite is carried out by its inhabitants, in which a blood sacrifice is paid to a mysterious entity residing in a pit in return for continuing protection and prosperity. The identity of the sacrifice is decided by the resemblance to a jug face: a clay head crafted in a trance-like state by the village’s resident potter, but when pregnant teen Ada discovers she is the next sacrifice she steals the jug face and hides it, invoking the wrath of the pit-dwelling deity.

This engrossing debut feature is both a fine addition to the backwoods rural horror subgenre and a modern folk tale with its own rich and vivid mythology. With a stunning central performance by Lauren Ashley Carter (who will be familiar to many as Peggy Cleek in Lucky McKee’s The Woman) Jug Face is a fascinating journey into unknown territory.

We are pleased to welcome director Chad Crawford Kinkle and lead actress Lauren Ashley Carter to Celluloid Screams to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A after the screening.

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Director: Ryan Spindell | USA | 2013 | 13 mins

In the candy-colored world of 1950s suburbia, a reluctant young housewife suspects that the friendly neighborhood dentist is hiding a horrible secret. Is it just the anesthesia at work, or is there something more sinister hiding below the surface?