TV Series Review: Scream Queens
Scream Queens is a new series which aired in mid-September. The horror comedy focuses on an all girl sorority called Kappa Kappa Tau, led by Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts). Dean Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) wants to shut down the sorority, because of her great dislike to Chanel but instead is forced to compromise by the sorority chief Gigi (Nasim Pedrad). In which, anyone who wants to join Kappa Kappa Tau is allowed to. While this is going on, a serial killer called the Red Devil starts targeting the sorority. The cast of Scream Queens has a lot of well-known American actors and special guests, such as Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande. It was also the first time I’ve seen Lea Michele in something since Glee.
The characters of the series are likable and have strange qualities to them. One character is obsessed with candles while another two turn out to being into necrophilia. Each character takes their traits to extremes and it makes them all very different from one another, thus giving a variety and entertaining friction between them. However, the plot line is ridiculous and unrealistic. Even though I applauded the characterisation, it is cheesy at various points and in correlation some of the scenes are incredibly cheesy too. The over-dramatic screaming by the girls when something happens does start to give you a headache.
The special effects are quite impressive and are very gory following typical horror conventions; including some classic features from 80’s style horror flicks incorporated. The one of the best horror moments, which made me squirm was the mowing off the head of the pledge member Tiffany de Salle, also known as “Deaf Taylor Swift”. It isn’t predictable about who is next to get murdered or who the Red Devil is. Each episode gives you different clues and possible motives come to light, suggesting who could be behind the murders. Certain clues drive your suspicion away from one character, but then it makes you second guess yourself.
Overall, it is an enjoyable series with its typical flaws. Like many horror genre film or tv series, there will always be criticism. It isn’t the most amazing comedy-horror series to be produced, but it is entertaining.