In Japanese mythology, Kuchisake-onna (“Slit-Mouth Woman”) is a woman who is mutilated by a jealous husband and returns as a malicious spirit. Now she wanders, hiding her mouth behind a fan, a sleeve, a scarf or a face mask like those in cold and allergy seasons in Japan.
This woman favors attacking children usually at night. She will stop the child and ask, ‘Am I beautiful?’ If the child answers no, he/she will be killed with a pair of scissors which the woman carries. If he/she answers yes, the woman pulls away the mask, revealing that her mouth is slit from ear to ear and asks ‘Even like this?’. If the child answers no, he/she will be cut in half. If he/she answers yes, then she will slit his/her mouth like hers.
According to some rumors, there are several ways to escape from the Kuchisake Onna:
Carved [Kuchisake Onna] (2007)
“This movie is not scary, enough, not eerie enough, not shocking enough and it doesn’t follow the urban legend!”—most people who hate this movie say that… and they’re pro’lly right.
But still, for some biased reason, I love how they did the costume/make-up design for the Kuchisake Onna. And the story not following the usual urban legend made it even more interesting for me and it made me watch this movie until the end. There are unexpected twists here too so you can’t say that the plot is poorly done. Ending is very sad, tragic and it’s actually quite satisfying. You’ll enjoy this if you don’t put the bad parts to mind.