The output of Slit-Mouthed Woman movies in the past decade fascinates me as much as the legend itself. I think 2007’s Carved: A Slit-Mouthed Woman, which I already blogged about, is the original film. There is one from 2008 called Slit Mouth Woman that I’ve not found yet, but from what I’ve read, it’s like softcore porn with killings in between. There’s also a 2008 prequel to Carved called The Slit-Mouthed Woman 0: The Beginning, which I have yet to track down. However, after stumbling upon the 2014 film Slit Mouth Woman in LA, which apparently isn’t an official sequel to anything, I discovered that 2008 also brought the sequel to Carved, which is called The Scissors Massacre (aka: A Slit-Mouthed Woman 2), so I checked that one out, too. Essentially, every film could be considered a “sequel,” because none of them are connected beyond the legend of the Slit-Mouthed Woman.
A SLIT-MOUTHED WOMAN 2 (The Scissors Massacre) (2008)
While my biggest complaint about Carved was Slit-Mouthed Woman overkill that made her less scary as the film progressed, this sequel reverses that problem. She’s barely in it at all!
The story focuses on a popular high school girl who lives with her dad, mom, and two sisters on a farm. One night, a twisted tragedy leaves the girl with a facial deformity.
The movie spends a whole lot of time dealing with her sense of misery and isolation as she is shunned by everyone at school.
She keeps her face hidden behind a mouth mask, and her home life spirals downward as the whole family feels the repercussions of the tragedy.
The girl starts getting glimpses of a scary woman in red. It’s Slit-Mouthed Woman! Plus, a rash of brutal murders rocks the town. Too bad we don’t see any of them happening.
The most disturbing and creepy part of this film comes near the end, when a really messed up twist demonstrates just how much the girl has in common with Slit-Mouthed Woman. It’s just disappointing that all the fun was packed into the last few minutes.
SLIT MOUTH WOMAN IN LA (2014)
Supposedly an Asian horror creation, this film is soooo American. It’s entirely in English aside from a few subtitled moments with a few characters, and it stars blonde, blue-eyed Lauren Taylor from the Disney show Best Friends Whenever…yet did this horror movie before being on that show. Girl, you’re going backwards in your career.
This film delivers great freaky encounters with Slit-Mouthed Woman right from the start. The main girl is having nightmares about her…and seeing visions of her. Conveniently, her older sister’s college professor is an expert on the legend, so he comes over to talk about its power to cause actual murders…along with the many other Asian urban legends that have the same effect!
And with that, this odd movie becomes an anthology of sorts. And half the shorts are comedic in tone! What the frick? It sure is entertaining, but I didn’t see it coming. Each of the stories is supposedly a nightmare that the main girl has:
—3 dudes get embroiled in a lesbian love triangle curse…and a dead girl comes back to get them.
—A mystic/martial arts guy comes to LA from Asia to track down the Slit-Mouthed Woman, and battles a wizard dude who turns people into zombies. WTF?
—The longest story in the bunch is pretty fucked up. A guy helps a dude stranded on the road, so the dude insists he come home with him for dinner…and to meet his sister. The sister is a long-haired weirdo, and before long she and the brother are terrorizing the guy and his girlfriend. This one definitely delivers the most intense horror of the trio.
The return to the “wraparound” about our main girl Lauren Taylor takes a really good turn involving the Slit-Mouthed Woman. This silly mess of a film is probably my favorite of the three I’ve seen so far. But I have to wonder who the hell thought it was good idea to have the closing credits roll to the totally out of place pop ditty “Carousel” by star Lauren Taylor.