The Slit Mouthed Woman

The Slit-Mouthed Woman as seen in the film Carved.

The Slit-Mouthed Woman (or Kuchisake-onna) is a prominent Japanese urban legend. Rumors of alleged sightings of the Slit-Mouthed Woman began spreading around in 1979  around the Nagasaki Prefecture, causing panic in many Japanese towns. Reports also indicate that children were dismissed from school in groups escorted by a teacher for safety, and of police officers increasing their patrols.

The LegendEdit

The legend has it that a beautiful woman lived in Japan years ago. She was being "abused" on her husband. One day when he was deployed he came home early and In a fit of rage he slit her mouth from ear to ear and she died of blood loss. As doing so he screamed, " Who will think your beautiful now?" She goes and asked a child "i'm i beautiful" if the child says "no" she will kill him or her. If the child says "yes" then she will take down her mask and ask again. "i'm i beautiful, now" if the child says yes, she will kill them. If the child says no then the child will get killed. You can distract her by saying half and half or throwing down candy.

The Slit-Mouthed woman later returned as a vengeful spirit wearing a surgical mask (which isn't uncommon in Japan as many Japanese people wear surgical masks to prevent other people from being infected by their colds and sickness). She will approach a child and ask them "Am I pretty?" If the child answers "Yes", she will take off her surgical mask, revealing her Glasgow smile and ask "How about now?" if the child changes their answer to "No", she cuts them in half. If the child sticks to their answer of "Yes", she will slit their mouth just like hers. Running away from her will not work, as she will simply reappear in front of the victim. The only sure way of escaping The Slit-Mouthed Woman alive and unharmed is to give her an ambigious answer such as "You are average" or "So-so" which will confuse her and give the person enough time to escape. If the victim throws sweets and candies at her, she would be distracted and try to eat them. This gives theyu victim enough time to run. The slit-mouthed woman would also have a privilege to appear in front of the victim. Another way is to say if the child is pretty. She will get confused and walk away and kiss the victim. 


The Slit-Mouthed Woman urban legend has appeared prominently in two Japanese films: Carved (2007) and it's prequel Carved 2: The Scissors Massacre (2008)