bad hair

To celebrate Huluween, the streaming service Hulu has released the horror satire film “Bad Hair.”

The film originally premiered at the Sundance film festival in Jan., and the rights were then given to Hulu a little while later. 

Director Justin Simien has a history of making satire films to address societal issues, such has his 2014 film “Dear White People.” 

“Bad Hair” is a film that is set in 1989 and follows main character Anna as she tries to work her way up in the music television industry - but at what cost? 

Many times, Anna among others, are being told to change their looks - mainly their hair. If they just change their hair, then they will fit in in the industry or just be more beautiful in general. 

Anna takes the advice of her new boss Zora, and heads to the salon to get a weave for the first time, which ultimately causes her a great deal of pain. 

Not to spoil the film, but many times we see Anna’s hair take on a sinister role against those who have wronged her. 

Multiple times throughout the film, Anna tries to get rid of the weave, but everytime she tries it doesn’t work. It always fixes itself. 

By the end of the film, we see Anna overcome her hair and finally get it out, though at the end, we see more women getting weaves, foreshadowing that this horror may never truly end. 

In the beginning of the film, we see Anna with her family as they are discussing slave lores. One of the lores is about the moss haired girl. 

The moss haired girl is symbolic throughout the film, as many times we see these women with weaves resembling the moss haired girl from the slave lore book. 

“Bad Hair” has a critic rating of 64% on Rotten Tomatoes, averaging at 5.94/10. I think that this was a fair rating for this movie, as it wasn’t exceptionally great, but it wasn’t all that bad either. 

With this being a horror satire, it appears to me that the theme or main idea was that changing yourself is not the answer to your problems. 

This theme of the film really aggravated me. Not just due to the fact that these young women are being told to change who they are and what they look like, but because it resembles so much of what happens in our society. Black women are told they can only be beautiful if they get a weave or do their hair. This film did a good job at capturing the daily struggles of Black professional women.

While I might be reading into this a little bit too hard, I thought that the main takeaway was that you don’t need to change yourself to fit in, no matter how much society tells you that you need to. 

Overall, this film was okay, however I don’t think that I would put in on my horror movie watch list. 

The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of The Torch. 

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