‘Bad Hair’ Teaser: ‘Dear White People’ Director Returns With A Killer Weave Horror Story

You think the humidity is wreaking havoc with your hair? You’ve never had it as rough as the characters in Bad Hair, the anticipated sophomore film from Dear White People writer/director Justin Simien.

Unlike his previous film, Simien veers into horror territory for a movie that explores, with gruesome effect, society’s obsession with beauty. Those ideals more often than not exclude black women, who often feel they must conform to achieve a certain level of success. That’s what makes Simien’s setting of the film in 1989 Los Angeles so relevant, as it was a time of peak style-over-substance, especially in the black entertainment culture.

The film stars Elle Lorraine as Anna Bludso, a low-level producer at a BET-like TV station where she hopes to rise in the ranks. Vanessa Williams plays her new boss who basically tells Anna she needs to ditch the natural look and get a weave if she wants a promotion. Unfortunately, the weave Anna gets has a mind of its own and a thirst for blood.

Also in the cast are Lena Waithe, Jay Pharoah, Kelly Rowland, Laverne Cox, Blair Underwood, Usher Raymond, and Chanté Adams.

Bad Hair debuted earlier this year at Sundance, which is when I saw it and praised Simien for using genre, including a heavy dose of dark comedy, to tackle an issue that black people have been dealing with for generations. I also had a chance to talk with him about the movie, and you can check out that interview here.

Hulu premieres Bad Hair on October 23rd.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.