Fear the Scream Queens

By:  Allyson Boe

Looking to fill your most recent TV binge-watching void with something scary? Well look no further. FOX TV has the perfect show for you. From the producers of Glee and American Horror Story comes the horrifying yet unreasonably funny TV show, Scream Queens. Airing on September 22 at the 2015 Comic-Con, Scream Queens has got people screaming for more… literally! From its iconic actors to its addicting plot line, this latest horror spectacle is sure to lure you in within the very first episode.

Throughout the first season, viewers are introduced to the prestigious sisters of Kappa Kappa Tau sorority at Wallace University, lead by the heartless president, Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts). After the mortifying death of the previous president, Melanie Dorkess (Brianne Howey) that occurred last spring, Dean Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) attempts to shut down their Kappa Kappa Tau chapter. In order to stay up and running, Kappa Kappa Tau is forced to accept anyone who wants to join the sorority, even if that means destroying Chanel’s popularity in the process. In an attempt to scare off the potential new members, Chanel and her ruthless clique accidently kill their housemaid, whose body they hide in the freezer. The body soon disappears and the girls are targeted by a serial killer they call the Red Devil. They are forced to solve the 20-year old murder mystery of Kappa Kappa Tau and unmask the serial killer in order to save their sisterhood.

The mystery unfolds throughout the season, with the producers killing off at least one of the cast members every episode. Those lucky enough not to be killed usually end the episode with a missing limb or a horrible wound. The revenge has begun and no one is safe. Anticipation and suspense build as you are unsure of who the Red Devil’s next victim will be. From Chanel #2 (Ariana Grande) to Caulfield (Evan Paley), expect the unexpected because for all you know, Chanel could be next. All of the attempts to defeat and reveal the Red Devil’s identity have failed, frustrating the girls even more. Will they live to make it another day at Kappa Kappa Tau? Keep your eyes and ears open, rumor has it that there are big hints dropped, especially in the first episode, as to the identity of the killer. Maybe you will pick up on something that Chanel’s clique neglected to realize. Or maybe you can piece together all of the clues to solve the mystery.

Since September 22, seven episodes have aired, leaving only a few horrifying episodes left of the season. Although the first season is coming to a quick close, there will be a following season with only four of the twenty-five original cast members expected to move forward. No one can be sure of who those four might be or even how they will last that long with a serial killer on the loose. Will they sacrifice another to stay alive? Or will they band together, never leaving a sister behind? You will have to watch and see for yourself.

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3 thoughts on “Fear the Scream Queens

  1. I’ve heard and read a lot about this series and I can’t quite seem to decide where it belongs genre wise. It has plenty of humor, but at the same time it is somewhat suspenseful. It reminded me a bit of “Poltergeist” in that way, where it is meant to be scary, with comic relief put in quite obviously. I just wonder how many other narratives could be put in this funny/scary category

  2. To reply to the above comment, I think that there is a new genre that this TV show, and similar TV shows, such as Pretty Little Liars, How To Get Away With Murder, and and of the vampire/wolverine shows, fall under. The genre is aimed toward high school and college students, and typically uses romance, horror, and humor to create a fast-paced, suspenseful and entertaining TV show. These shows combine current events with typical horror tropes, and therefore I would name this new genre “pop horror”.

  3. I would have to agree with Nell on this one, but it also reminds me a lot of Heathers which has so much dark humor in it. It is a hybrid horror/dark comedy/mystery show to me if I had to categorize it. Another great thing that I love about this show is that every episode has a nod to a great horror film, such as the episode where Chanel demands the hedge maze from The Shining, “snow drifts and all” and it even has a nod to Psycho in the latest episode, along with having the original scream queen herself Jamie Lee Curtis. I agree if you are a fan of horror that this show is a great nod to the genre.

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