Mutilated by her husband whilst alive the angry
spirit of 'Kuchisake-Onna' appears around Japan on foggy nights intent
on seeking her revenge.
also known as the 'slit-mouth-woman' is aid to have lived hundreds of
years ago and was the wife or concubine of a jealous Samurai.
Kuchisake-Onna is said to have been extremely beautiful, and also very
vain. Her husband the Samurai believed her to be unfaithful to
him, and one night in a rage attacked Kuchisake-Onna, slashing her mouth
from ear-to-ear screaming "Who will find you beautiful now?"
Kuchisake-Onna is said to appear wearing a
surgical mask and asks of her victim "Am I beautiful?" If her
target replies "no" she then kills her victim there and then, supposedly
with a pair of scissors.
If the victim says "yes" she will then remove
the mask and ask again "Am I beautiful?" If they then reply "yes"
a second time Kuchisake-Onna will then follow them home and kill them in
their own doorway.
So all-in-all a meeting with Kuchisake-Onna is
a lose-lose situation, however there are tales that claim that by
responding to her question "Am I beautiful?" with the reply "so-so"
confuses her, allowing her victim to escape whilst Kuchisake-Onna
considers what next to do.