Kuchisake-onna (A Slit-Mouthed Woman) (Carved) (2007)
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This is an enjoyable little movie as long as one's expectations aren't too high. The main reason why one might not like this movie, is because of how obscure it is. But, in the movie's defense, it is based off of a very obscure urban legend with all sorts of variations on the origins of the slit-mouthed woman.
This movies take on the famous Japanese legend but makes no sense. The original story is about a vain woman that is cut by her jealous husband/or (more recently) has plastic surgery go horribly wrong. In either case it is about beauty. This film takes on a new origin story, but leaves the woman asking the question "Am I Pretty?" She has no reason to ask this as she was an abusive mother, not a temptress. Other than that the film is OK, it plays everything in a weird way, where the woman just shows up without typical horror introductions. She also attacks mostly in daylight. Sometimes this rather basic form of filming, results in very creepy imagery. The cut girl stumbling through the park was very well done. This film may as well have been called "When Bitches Do Nothing!" The women just stand around and let stuff happen. They'll just watch as men are mutilated and children are abducted. I wish it had made more of the protagonist beating her own child. It gave a very sinister edge to the hero.
Seen because of an interest in the orignal urban legend. I loved the make up for the Kuchisake-Onna, but wasn't particularly keen on the reveal and showdown because I prefer the UL's motivation and question ("Do you think I'm beautiful?") rather than the suggestion that this was misheard.
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