In my eyes, Ryan Murphy is a bloody genius. After he became one of TV’s most high-profile names following the success of my favourite show Glee (read about my passion for that show here), he set to work on one of the most popular shows of the moment: American Horror Story. But when Glee came to an end and Ryan Murphy realised he had to fill that gap in his heart, what would he do? Create what is essentially a mashup of Glee and AHS of course… Scream Queens! If you follow me on Twitter then you’d know that I am already head-over-heels in love with this show because it is right up my street, so before the show makes its UK premiere on E4 in the coming weeks, I thought I’d tell you why I love the show so much and why it might just be the next big show for you.
If nothing else is going to compel you to watch this show then just take a look at the cast. A fantastic range of talent and star-power including Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee-Curtis, Lea Michele, Ariana Grande, Skyler Samuels, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Nick Jonas make up the headliners for this series and it’s a force not to be reckoned with. Emma Roberts plays Chanel Oberlin, your cliche sorority bitch who makes sure she always has the most power in the room. Her character is as bitchy as it gets, but that doesn’t stop her from being the funniest character on the show, either. Ariana Grande, Billie Lourd and Abigail Breslin take on her entourage: Chanel #2, Chanel #3 and Chanel #5 respectively (Chanel #4 no longer exists because, as Chanel Oberlin says in the Pilot: “she got sick and died”). Lea Michele takes on Hester; a girl with a neckbrace who starts off by trying to fit in and succeeds pretty quickly as the series progresses. Meanwhile, Grace (Skyler Samuels) and Zayday (Keke Palmer) try to work out what on Earth went on in the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority twenty years ago and if the events that occurred are in any way linked to the serial killer in the red devil costume who is on the loose all this time later. Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee-Curtis) tries to keep the school from losing its reputation with the “help” of Denise the World’s Worst Security Guard (Niecy Nash), Grace’s father Wes (Oliver Hudson) and KKT’s National president Gigi (Nasim Pedrad) who has a weird obsession with the 90s, but is everyone really as innocent as they seem…?
I think the reason this show is so fantastic is because of its ability to mock itself: it takes the stereotypes that we see in horror films and American movies and parodies them in a smart and witty way. It’s with this sense of mockery that the show’s ridiculously unbelievable storyline of a killer being on the loose for what seems to be an entire school year totally plausible, because we know that it’s all a mockery. Every scene is packed with one-liners and such well-oiled humour that it astounds me they can contrast it with such vulgar and graphic slasher horror; the title sequence is a pretty good port of call for the horror aspect of the show, whereas the full trailer is a good shout for if you want to see how funny the show can be.
There’s something so sexy about this show and so appealing that makes it so enjoyable to watch. It’s not the kind of lowkey horror that makes you feel uncomfortable and like you don’t want to be a part of it, but it’s the lavish lifestyle and suggestive nature of the characters that actually makes me want to be a part of their world so badly. It’s this sense of kooky coolness that really gives this show its relatable edge and I think it’s that that makes this weird and unique mix of comedy and horror work so successfully, without being tiring like the Scary Movie series; though this show is similar in its comedy, there is a serious ‘whodunnit?’ storyline to the show that really makes it watchable and gripping.
If you’re in the UK and you’ve been waiting for the premiere of this show then worry no less: Scream Queens is ‘coming soon’ to E4 and is probably going to premiere at the beginning of November. Can’t wait that long? Watch the UK trailer here or catch some clips of the show on Scream Queens’ YouTube channel.