When Justin Simien’s upcoming horror movie Bad hair premiered at Sundance 2020, the premise ensured this was a hot ticket screening: the creator and the director Dear white people made a movie about miscellaneous. In the 1989 film, television executive Anna (Elle Lorraine) hopes to become famous as a VJ, but her new boss (Vanessa Williams) ignores her hairstyle. Of course, so Anna has trouble in the first weaving. , under the hands of Virgie-style maven (Orange is the new black breakout star Laverne Cox). Since then, things go very badly for Anna and her office.
In the movie̵7;s first trailer, Bad hair Play more like live horror than anything else. But the actual movie is confusingly complicated. It was part camp comedy, part physical horror that was bloody and heavy with cultural commentary. As Simien said when we talked to him about the movie in Sundance, the wild mix of Korean hair horror and Get outSocial criticism in a way might feel odd, but it’s purely intentional:
I love movies when there is nothing else like them. We have to get acquainted with Brian De Palma. We have to get acquainted with Stanley Kubrick. We have to get acquainted with Roman Polanski – I won’t delve into the horrible nature of his real life and politics. As filmmakers, white men make us familiar with the art they do. So, in part, these things feel right in my soul, so I’ll blend them in a way that feels right for me. Dear white people in the same way.
When I watched some of my favorite movies again, I was amazed – I remember Carrie different from when I watch it. Like Shineand Body jerks, Get dressed to kill, Bad guy. They really have incredible comedy moments and sci-fi and camp moments, B movie elements, and they just go together. What is the consensus about all of them? The director was so obsessed with all of that that they put them in their movies. So Dizziness too excellent though, nothing about it meant, or should work. Hitchcock was really obsessed with it. I just want to give myself experience by following that. Especially when it’s like, “Nobody tried to do this before, and I probably shouldn’t have done this.” That’s when I said, “Okay, I’ll do it.”
Bad hair arrives Hulu on October 23.