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Movie review: The horror of ‘Bad Hair’

Movie review: The horror of ‘Bad Hair’
  • On February 23, 2021

Three out of Five Stars

By Chloe Gregg
Staff Writer

“Bad Hair” is not your average horror film. Although it does include some freaky and gory images and a few jump-scares, the majority of the time I viewed the film as a comedy, not horror.

Directed by Justin Simien, who also directed Netflix’s infamous “Dear White People,” “Bad Hair” is a story about a young adopted African American woman named Anna. From a young age, Anna (played by Elle Lorraine) has felt like she doesn’t belong because of her big, curly hair.

When the TV company she works for gets bought out by her new boss Zora (played by Vanessa Williams), she has a chance at a new promotion to host her own TV show on black culture and lives.

With a nudge and business card given to her by Zora, Anna decides to take the plunge and buy herself new hair to fit the part. She goes to Virgie (played by Laverne Cox), an extremely expensive and popular hair stylist who gives Anna a new weave.

Although at first everything seems to be falling into place for the new long, straight-haired Anna, it’s not long after before she realizes something is very, very wrong with her hair. It seems to have a life of its own …

This is not a movie I would suggest to true horror fanatics who are interested in getting a good scare. However, it is a very well-directed film with a lot of interesting camera angles and a great playlist.

“Bad Hair” is available to stream on Hulu.