Japanese director Koji Shiraishi
helms the direct-to-video supernatural horror picture Carved
. The story unfolds in an ominous suburban town, where, 13 years prior, the spirit of a woman turned up to terrorize youngsters. During her tragic lifetime, the woman in question had been severely disfigured by her psychotic husband, who slashed her from mouth-to-cheek with a pair of scissors. After her untimely death, she prowled the streets of the town, clad in a surgical mask and a long, sweeping coat, and would accost her victims, removing her mask to reveal her deformities as she queried, "Am I pretty?" Any victim who answered negatively met an immediate grisly death. Now, after a lengthy absence, the woman's ghost returns to wreak another onslaught of terror on the community.