review by Bobby Blakey
I love all things horror and always look forward to something different and unique. The latest Bad Hair, I hadn’t heard of before it made its debut on Hulu. The film features a good cast including Elle Loraine, Lena Waithe, Vanessa Williams, James Van Der Beek, Jay Pharoah, Kelly Rowland, Usher, Laverne Cox, Judith Scott, MC Lyte and Blair Underwood with Dear White People director Justin Simien, but does it offer up that special something to freak people out or will it fail to extend to the masses?
Bad Hair follows an ambitious young woman who gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. However, her flourishing career comes at a great cost when she realizes that her new hair may have a mind of its own. The idea here alone had me intrigued to how they were going to make this work. This isn’t the first time hair has been used in a horror film and its one of those things that when done right can really be fun to watch.
I honestly thought once I realized what the story it was going to be it might come off silly, but have to way this was a great flick. It takes place in the late 80s so already gives it a great vibe and then the clever way they work in the ideals of hair just works. There is some truth taken from the way people deal with and look at hair for status and confidence and it is front and center here. They clever supernatural twist offers up not only an interesting story, but some opportunities for great kills and scares.
There is one moment that is a great use of the effects to really capture the full effect of the hair that is pretty cool. Throughout the film there are some great moments, but there are is one scene specifically that was a great idea, but some of the CGI and stylized direction just came off a bit cheesy. It might have worked better earlier in the film, but it came after one of the best of the film and just didn’t work for me. That sequence aside I really enjoyed this crazy film and hope it finds the audience it deserves.
After watching this my wife made the great suggestion of a double feature with this one of the documentary Good Hair that gives you the history of black hair and then dive into Bad Hair for the terror of it all. Either way check out Bad Hair available now streaming on Hulu.