Films: Bad Hair (2020)
Location: Forest/Civilized Area
Height/Weight: Up to that of an oak tree.
Affiliation: Neutral, leaning on Evil
Summary: It's amazing how cultural appropriation can be brought upon by something as harmless as a hair style. But in this world of allegories, imagine a new do that not only stomps out the old in favor of the corporate-mandated new, but also carries with it a terrible curse.
History: Centuries ago, African slaves spoke of the Moss-Haired Girl, who sought to have hair like her masters by weaving the moss of a large tree onto her. Unfortunately, she ended up possessed by the spirits of the witches whose souls lived in that tree. Fast forward to the present, and the TV station known as Culture has acquired a new hair weave that turns even the most stubborn hair into real eye candy for the ratings. However, it is in fact what remains of that very same tree, having been used by plantation owners since as a means of controlling others. Even worse, it causes people's hair to come to life and drain victims of their blood, as well as turn their hosts into amoral killers.
Notable Kills: It's blood-soaking hair, what do you expect?
Final Fate: Although one manages to find the hair's weakness, the weave has already begun its spread across America through advertising. Unless everyone decides to take a shower every now and then, the hair will have its day.
Powers/Abilities: Possession, blood-draining, shared memories.
Weakness: Water weakens the hair, enabling one to cut it off.
Scariness Factor: 3-Water will never stop being a ridiculous weakness, but that doesn't take away from how this innocuous weave turned out to be one of the last vestiges of witchcraft. If you see someone who looks like their hair is moving around by its own, RUN. It doesn't matter how absurd it looks, you don't want to be made a meal out of by goddamn hair of all things!
Trivia: -This film was directed by Justin Simien, who is known for writing and directing both the film and TV versions of "Dear White Men".
-There are not many tales of killer hair, but there are popular urban legends that involve people, usually teenagers, dying because they tried to achieve garish hairstyles, only for pests like rats and spiders to inhabit their unkempt dos, killing them. These were often seen as stories told to keep kids more hygienic.