Most girls and a few males can attest to having days when their hair appears to have a thoughts of its personal. However in a horror film spoof upcoming on Hulu, that’s actually the case for one unwitting younger girl.
In “Unhealthy Hair,” a satirical psychological thriller that begins streaming Friday, Elle Lorraine (“Insecure,” “Boomerang”) stars as Anna, an formidable younger lady working on this planet of music tv in 1989 Los Angeles. In search of to rise within the image-obsessed trade, she will get a hair weave, which helps give her profession the specified increase however at a worth. The hair involves life and has its personal agenda, which doesn’t essentially mesh with Anna’s.
The movie was written and directed by Justin Simien (“Pricey White Individuals”) and boasts a strong solid that additionally consists of Vanessa Williams, Lena Waithe, Laverne Cox, Jay Pharoah, Kelly Rowland, James Van Der Beek, Blair Underwood and Usher Raymond.
“Anna is an aspiring VJ and aspiring host and she or he works on this radio/TV world,” Lorraine mentioned. “And she or he’s actually nice, she has all of the qualities that one would want to make it to the highest besides she doesn’t look the best way everybody else appears or the best way folks really feel like she ought to look. She doesn’t have that mannequin factor going. She’s not coiffed completely.
“And we see her struggling backwards and forwards together with her roots and who she is of course and who she needs to be and the way she needs to stroll via the world versus who everybody else says she needs to be. And we see her begin to make these small compromises bodily and so they change her internally.”
And that’s the place the demon weave is available in. Initially, all is properly — the weave does its job and Anna advances in her profession. However quickly it begins doing its job a little bit too properly.
“I feel that there have been occasions during which Anna’s voice was trapped and this hair gave her the power and have become her protector and defender to a sure diploma,” Lorraine mentioned. “However I feel as she needed her personal identification again, it didn’t wish to go that route, so it sort of began to have a thoughts of its personal and change into her antagonist.
“I can inform you that it positively takes over,” she continued, “and it seeks its personal kind of revenge out on this planet … and has its personal agenda. And as soon as it decides to do one thing she has no management at that time.”
Finally, Lorraine says, it is a humorous movie with a critical message — about subjugating one’s personal identification to pursue a aim, be it profession or in any other case.
“I hope it begins conversations about requirements,” she mentioned, “and in addition it simply reminds us that small compromises are high quality. All of us can develop and evolve however once we change ourselves based mostly on different folks’s perceptions or a singular identification, we lose a lot greater than now we have to achieve. So I hope for that.
“However most significantly, it’s a enjoyable film and it’s humorous, so I hope folks can go on that journey and expertise the enjoyment and understand that the depth is simply one of many layers that they get to unpeel.”