Kuchisake-onna, the Slit Mouthed Woman is a terrifying Japanese folk tale dating back centuries that, like any good bit of lore and mythology, has evolved over the ages and survived into modern times. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, allow me to summarize. The Slit Mouthed Woman is often depicted as a young woman wearing a surgical mask over her face and a trench coat. She carries a pair of long, sharp scissors (or a scalpel or knife depending on who tells the tale
The name itself inspires a sort of macabre intrigue before you've ever seen or heard anything about it. Sophisticated. Archaic. Mysterious. From there you see an image of someone sallow skinned and held over from a time long past. Black and gray punctuated in a blood red cursive swoop. This was my introduction to the ghoulish world of Alfred J Hemlock several months ago when I came across the Instagram account of the short film.
The atmospheric short film by co-writers Edw