Justin Simien is the latest filmmaker to blend Black social issues with horror elements in the Sundance stand-out Bad Hair. Anna (Elle Lorraine), a young woman in late 80s LA, dreams of being a host at the urban music television channel she works for. When the network brings in new management to rebrand the channel for a more “mainstream audience” (see: white people), Anna ditches her ‘fro for a weave to assimilate into the new beauty standards, despite having a fear of hair styling ever since a childhood perm-gone-wrong. However, the weave turns out to have demonic roots and begins to take over Anna’s life. Bad Hair begins with compelling cultural commentary that explores the complicated, often fraught, relationship Black women have with our hair—even to this day when many schools and workplaces still engage in hair discrimination. However, the film fails to facilitate a well-rounded dialogue, simplistically pitting natural hair against weaves, and never acknowledging Black women on the other end of the issue who simply enjoy switching it up. Simien also tries to do too much at once. With its uneven tonal shifts, it’s hard to tell if this movie wants to be a campy B-movie horror, a thoughtful comedy (its strongest suit with a hilarious bit part from Lena Waithe), or a social thriller. But after watching Bad Hair, one thing is clear: it can’t do it all.