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Bad Hair Review: Hauntingly Original & Incredibly Timely

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9/10

Cast:

Elle Lorraine as Anna Bludso

Zaria Kelley as Young Anna

Vanessa Williams as Zora

Jay Pharoah as Julius

Lena Waithe as Brook-Lynne

Blair Underwood as Amos Bludso

Laverne Cox as Virgie

Michelle Hurd as Maxine Bludso

Judith Scott as Edna

Robin Thede as Denise

Ashley Blaine Featherson as Rosalyn

Steve Zissis as Baxter Tannen

MC Lyte as Coral

Kelly Rowland as Sandra

James Van Der Beek as Grant Madison

Usher as Germane D.

Chanté Adams as Linda Bludso

Written and Directed by Justin Simien

Bad Hair Review:

When he first broke out in 2014 with the incredible Dear White People, Justin Simien became one of my most anticipated new storytellers to watch and when it was announced his second feature would be the horror-comedy Bad Hair, my excitement shot through the roof and though it may not reach the same heights as the former it is nonetheless an absolutely original and wildly entertaining follow-up.

In 1989 an ambitious young woman gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. However, her flourishing career may come at a great cost when she realizes that her new hair may have a mind of its own.

In crafting his story and the characters residing in it, Simien has developed a unique and truly compelling tale to watch on just its own merit, with the opening 30 or so minutes of the film actually playing out as a really interesting drama of the Black woman’s plight in trying to get ahead in the burgeoning music television industry before diving into the more supernatural elements. Ashe is best known to do, Simien is able to explore every timely theme from racism to sexism to classism with as much a satirically comedic approach as a mature and dramatic one and despite being set in the past, he illustrates just as relevant every beat was in the past as it is in today’s society.

Once things take a turn for the scary and supernatural, the writer/director continues to show a strong grasp on the satirical side of things while also displaying a remarkable talent for telling an effective monster story. The evil driving the story forward is an unpredictable and truly original nightmare that frequently rises above its campier B-movie sensibilities to deliver some exciting shocks and chills. The nature of the evil hair and the explanation behind it is actually a very powerful concept that remains tied to the film’s timely thematics while also utilizing some of the best tropes of the horror genre, and is saved for near the end of the film to keep audiences guessing in a really fun and exciting way.

In addition to the skillful and stylish direction, Simien has once again assembled an ensemble cast of brilliant talent who all shine in their individual roles, especially on-the-rise star Elle Lorraine in the central role of Anna. The ability she displays of casually shifting from the doe-eyed woman with ambitions to become a major producer in the industry to a domineering figure empowered by her new weave is breathtaking to watch, establishing her as a sure-to-be breakout star. Audiences have certainly seen Vanessa Williams in the villainous role before and she continues to show new brilliant sides to her antagonistic nature that is compelling to watch every scene she’s in.

The film’s only real problems lie in some of its depiction of the kills by the titular body part, as the majority of them are stylishly directed or darkly comedic and reminiscent of the best B-movies, but there are a few that feel rather janky and unintentionally hilarious, sapping the energy out of the overall scene.

Bad Hair has just as much ambition, social themes and stylish direction as Simien’s Dear White People and though it may fall a little below the bar in comparison, it is nonetheless a wildly intelligent, wonderfully written, darkly hilarious and uniquely chilling treat that shows he has not lost his touch in the film world.

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Madam Satan Traps the Devil in This Exclusive ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Preview

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If you’re anxiously waiting for the final part of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, here’s something that should help tide things over a little: Archie Comics is releasing a special one-shot comic book set in the world of the show titled Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Presents: Madam Satan. And as a bonus, you don’t even need to wait until the comic is released on Wednesday, October 21, as we’ve got an exclusive look inside, right here.

Michelle Gomez’s Madam Satan is rightly a fan-favorite. From her pitch perfect line-delivery, to angular cheekbones and smoldering chemistry with certain other cast members (#MadamSpellman for life), the woman sometimes known as Ms. Wardwell makes it look good to be bad. She’s also — as the name indicates — sometimes the bride of Satan, aka Lilith. And briefly, between Seasons 1 and 2, she was the de facto queen of Hell.

That’s where this one-shot picks up… Sort of. Like with the upcoming Riverdale Presents: Southside Serpents one-shot coming in January, these books exist in a half-way point between the series and the comic books, not contradicting the continuity of the shows; but not necessarily existing in any particular place during the series, either.

To that end, the pages below, with art by Julius Ohta, Matt Herms, and Jack Morelli, give the sense of Gomez and her hellish environs, but also capture the look artist Robert Hack established with the original, critically acclaimed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic he created with writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

“Maybe I’m projecting here because of this times we live in, but this story is about the kind of isolation that comes with power and hate,” writer Eliot Rahal told Decider via statement provided by Archie Comics. “It’s a character study about someone who needs to be loved, but does not love back. It’s about fulfillment, naked desire, and a personal Hell set in Hell. And the art . . . it’s heavenly. It’s once again proof that horror is tasteful. That horror is beautiful. That horror is art, and not some cheap thrill ride that so many people unfortunately associate with the genre.”

Check out the solicit text below, info provided to comic shops in order to spur on sales, and check out the exclusive pages, as well. And perhaps while you’re doing that, some of those dark feelings about Netflix not releasing the final part of CAOS in October will disappear, magically.

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA PRESENTS: MADAM SATAN ONE-SHOT

From the world of the hit series CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA comes MADAM SATAN. The Queen of Hell has had enough playing second fiddle to the Devil himself and is ready to take matters into her own hands! Will Madam Satan prove herself to be the most powerful being of the Underworld? Find out in this terrifying one-shot tale!

Script: Eliot Rahal
Art: Julius Ohta, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Julius Ohta
Variant Cover: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 10/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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One Tree Hill is returning to screens at the end of October

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One Tree Hill seasons 1-9 will begin streaming in the UK on All 4 from October 30.

Starring Chad Michael Murray, Sophia Bush, James Lafferty, Bethany Joy Lenz and Hilarie Burton, the North Carolina-set drama centres on half-brothers Nathan (a basketball prodigy) and Lucas Scott (a less talented player) whose frayed relationship worsens with the introduction of the former’s girlfriend, Peyton Sawyer.

With a total of 187 episodes, One Tree Hill is The CW’s fourth-longest-running title behind Supernatural, 7th Heaven and Smallville.

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Related: One Tree Hill star James Lafferty confirms engagement to Home and Away‘s Alexandra Park

But that’s not all folks, because joining One Tree Hill on the streaming platform in all of its seven-season glory from tomorrow (October 21) is acclaimed political drama The West Wing.

Head of series acquisitions Nick Lee said about the exciting additions: All eyes turn to the West Wing over the next few weeks and so there could not be a more fitting time to bring this giant of a show to All 4.

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Related: Exclusive: Rob Lowe says The West Wing cast are all game for a revival – if Aaron Sorkin writes it

He added: “Proving that teen romance and sibling rivalries can be just as gripping as Capitol Hill, One Tree Hill will also slam dunk onto the platform in its entirety.

“Bringing these two major hits, alongside Malcolm in the Middle which landed on October 2, we have risen to a new high in the quality of our line-up. Happy streaming!”


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