The slit-mouth woman (or Kuchisake-Onna, 口裂け女, in Japan) is an urban legend about a woman with a slit-mouth (meaning that the woman’s mouth is cut from ear-to-ear. She wears a white mask to cover her severed mouth.
Kuchisake-Onna appears in the streets of Japan, murdering mainly children with a pair of huge scissors. But before Kuchisake-Onna kills the victim, she asks him/her this question: “Am I pretty?”. If the victim answer yes, she will take off her mask, revealing her severed mouth, and asks “How about now?”. This is the tricky part…….if you answer “no”, she will kill the victim. If you say “yes”, she will take her scissors, and cut the victim’s mouth, making him/her have a slit-mouth just like her, but Kuchisake-Onna may let you live. It is almost impossible to escape from Kuchisake-Onna, because she can move at super-human speeds.
But I said ALMOST impossible, so there are a few ways to escape:
1. If the you say that she looks normal, she will get confused, and you will have enough time to escape.
2. If the you ask if you’re pretty, she will also become confused, and she will leave.
3. This is the newest way to escape: if you tell her that you need or have to attend a previous engagement, she will pardon her manners and excuse herself from your presence.
How did Kuchisake-Onna got her mouth severed? Some say it was a accident. Others say it was a surgery gone wrong. Yet, other people say that Kuchisake-Onna is an escaped mental patient who was so demented that she cut her own mouth apart.
But the most popular legend/explanation was because her husband sliced her mouth a sword because she was cheating on him. After he attacked her, he yelled “Who’ll think you’re beautiful now?!” (Japanese: 誰が美しい今だと思うのだろうか？！).
In the spring and summer of 1979, rumors started to spread throughout Japan about sightings of the Kuchisake-onna hunting down children. The story was spread like wildfire, causing many of Japan’s towns to become afraid of the Kuchisake-Onna. It even caused the police to increased their patrols and made schools send teachers to walk students home in groups.
There were also sightings of Kuchisake-Onna:
- In 2004, South Korea was plagued by reports of a woman wearing a red mask on was chasing children.
- In October 2007, a coroner found some old records from the late 1970s about a woman who was chasing little children. She was then hit by a car, and died shortly after. Her mouth was ripped from ear to ear.