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Wronged women turned ghostly villains

Asian horror films often portray female ghosts as savage spirits with bad hair and a furious urge for vengeance

Death is not pretty for the female ghosts of Asian horror cinema. Pity them their sickly complexion, not to mention an eternity of bad hair days.

Really, what's with those tresses, always so lanky and tangled? Are there no decent hairstylists in the netherworld?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2019, with the headline 'Wronged women turned ghostly villains'. Print Edition | Subscribe