‘Scream Queens’ Review: The Ultimate Horror-Comedy Remix

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WARNING: This review contains spoilers

The first two episodes of Scream Queens gave us exactly what the show had promised: celebrities playing mean rich people who see themselves involved in a series of mysterious murders. As a matter of fact, Scream Queens is like American Horror Story‘s ‘Coven’ meets Mean Girls with some bits of Scream on the side. And what else could you expect from Ryan Murphy?

The present story of Scream Queens is connected to an accident from 1995, when a girl died after giving birth in a bathtub at a party. 20 years later, the Kappa Kappa Tau is still a sorority for very rich and mean girls. At the moment, Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts) is the queen of the place, loyally followed by her three minions who don’t even have a name (Ariana Grande, Abigail Breslin and Billie Lourd). Lastly, we have Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis), who is the dean of the college. She doesn’t take any crap from anyone and is incredibly blunt, which I totally love.

There are other more normal sororities in Wallace University. Grace Gardner (Skyler Samuels) arrives as the good girl who will rival Chanel and try to put some common sense into the group. I have to say though, that I couldn’t really understand why she wanted to go to Kappa. She already had a normal sorority, a lovely roommate (Zayday) and a potential boyfriend (Pete).

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Using the sororities as the main space that works as a mini universe for our story is quite original and it makes you dive into its class system, as Chanel honestly calls it, where all characters seem to be the same and kind of robotic. This makes characters like Grace, Zayday and Pete feel more human which has us rooting for them. In that sense, Grace shares the main role with Chanel as their good and evil natures collide.

Despite being a very female-heavy cast, it has to be said that this is not only a case of “girls are vicious”, as Grace’s father puts it. There are also very mean boys. As a matter of fact, I found Chad (Glen Powell) much more odious than Chanel (and hilarious too). And yes, there are also some hints at homophobia and racism, so trigger warnings for that. Contrary to what I initially thought, seeing all these characters interact with each other is highly entertaining. Not only because there are some incredibly hilarious one-liners or surreal conversations (basically every Chanel/Chad interaction) but it’s also fun to see all these different people try to work together to find out who the Red Devil is. 

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Speaking of the (red) devil (pun intended), his identity remains unknown but there are already enough characters and elements from their pasts to start making some deductions. The most plausible one at the moment was already said by Grace: Pete, the baby that disappeared 20 years ago. His motive? To avenge his mother for whatever happened that night. It’s not a secret that he hates Kappa and Chanel and her minions either. Is it too obvious and too soon? Yes, so we’ll hold our horses on that one.

Overall thoughts: Scream Queens surpassed my expectations, but I still remain kind of skeptic. Perhaps it’s because it’s not anything that we haven’t seen before (I’m not the only one to make those comparisons with Scream, AHS and Mean Girls and I’m sure there are more). We all know Ryan Murphy very well at this point. Despite of that, Scream Queens still achieves its goal: to entertain, to make us laugh and to make us wonder who the killer is and who his next victim will be. And what else could you ask from a horror-comedy show?

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