Have I ever mentioned that I love horror shorts? Oh, I have? Yeah, only probably a few dozen times… but I can’t say it enough! Recently I watched Slit, which is a unique take on a Japanese urban legend. It’s not the first time I’ve watched something to do with this legend, so did this one deliver as well?
Slit is directed and written by Jennifer Nangle who also stars in the horror short. She delivered a unique and brought a horrifying story based on the Japanese legend to life that people are going to love. They may also rethink ever being unfaithful again. Along with Nangle, Slit stars Jul Kohler, Eddie Martinez, and Hymnson Chan.
“An adulterous affair between Leigh-Anne (Nangle) and a mysterious lover (Martinez) leads to a legendary curse that creates an evening filled with beautiful terror.”
I loved what Nangle did with this urban legend. Cheating is never a good thing and there’s always consequences, but in this story… those consequences are taken up a few notches when her man (Chan) finds out she is cheating and curses her. At the time, we have no clue what’s in store for her, but believe me… it’s not good. No one wants Kuchisake-Onna (Kohler) to come for them.
Speaking of Kuchisake-Onna, she is truly terrifying. She has that whole Grudge meets The Ring movement down and she’s a deadly psycho with a pair of scissors. After watching the whole thing, it made me wonder what her story was and how similar it was to the one being told.
One of the best parts about Slit was the spectacular special effects by Miguel Rodriguez who also did amazing work on the short Demonic Attachment. His work was impressive, especially for a horror short that has a runtime of just a little over 6 minutes. His special touch to certain scenes really helped deliver that creepy atmosphere and set the tone for the whole film.
I also thought the ending was done well. I loved the little badass twist and the mystery behind it. This short is one that I believe could benefit from the full feature treatment. It stands strong on its own, but I would love to see more of this story as well as the backstory involved with the urban legend, as well as all the people the curse has affected throughout the years.
Slit is a fun and creepy horror short that everyone should check it out. Jenn Nangle always delivers a compelling horror story that makes you want to know more and completely engages your interest in just a short amount of time. If you get the chance to watch it, let us know what you think!