If you were one of those teens who had sleep-over Scream Marathons because they thought it was cool to laugh at their friends when they were too afraid to go to the bathroom by themselves in the middle of the night, Scream Queens is for you. Here are 5 Reasons why you should watch Ryan Murphy’s star-studded horror comedy series…
Scream Queens (2015): Created by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story, American Crime Story); 26 episodes à 45mins.; starring Emma Roberts (American Horror Story, Palo Alto), Lea Michele (Glee, New Year’s Eve), Ariana Grande, Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, My sister’s keeper), Billie Lourd, Nick Jonas, Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, Freaky Friday) and many more…
For fans of: Slasher movies, Scary Movie and other slasher movie parodies, dark comedy, girls bitching at other girls, political incorrectness, over the top outfits, postmodern intertextuality.
1. Emma Roberts makes a wonderful Queen Bee
She’s already demonstrated her outstanding mean girl skills when she played a spoilt Malibu brat that gets sent to a boarding school in England in Wild Child and again when she portrayed witch-bitch Madison Montgomery on American Horror Story. But the part of sorrority president Chanel Oberlin made Emma Roberts kick it up a notch.
Chanel: We have to figure out a way to get rid of Chanel #6
Chanel #5: When you say get rid of her, do you mean, like, force her to leave, or kill her?
Chanel: Honestly #5, do you think I’m insane? The bitch seduced my boyfriend into getting her pregnant – of course I mean kill her.
You can even generate your own insult on Fox.com. However, since she is such a merciless bully, it is even more fun to see her at the receiving end of slagging and trash talking, particularly in her encounters with Dean Munch as well as conversations with her ever-unfaithful boyfriend Chad Radwell.
2. It’s super fashionable
Naming your principal character “Chanel Oberlin” has got to be the most effective way to let your costume department know they better bring their A-game. And boy did they bring it: from the aforementioned Queen Bee Chanel’s tweed costumes, feather skirts, and pearl studded gloves, to Hester’s prom dresses, and crop top/skirt combos, to Grace’s signature cabbie hats, marine striped sweatshirts, and fierce blazers, every episode of Scream Queens will give you massive wardrobe envy. The entire show is essentially a 10-hour closet porn.
3. It’s got a star studded cast
Aside from Emma Roberts, the show stars seasoned actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Abigail Breslin as well as Glee‘s Lea Michele. More importantly it showcases the comedic talent of an abundance of newcomers (The Duff‘s Skyler Samuels, and Billie Lourde, daughter of Carrie Fisher, who is famous for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars Saga – Chanel #3’s ear muffs sure take on a different meaning now, don’t they? ) and pop icons such as Tavi Gevinson, Nick Jonas, Keke Palmer, and Ariana Grande.
4. It’s replete with intertextuality
In order to pay tribute to its genre forefathers, Scream Queens quotes iconic horror movies: Jamie Lee Curtis re-creates the iconic shower scene from Psycho, which starred her mother Janet Leigh, while Tavi Gevinson’s character in episode 1×07 looks uncannily like Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby.
5. It’s politically incorrect
Much like Ryan Murphy’s other tween-centered brainchild, the musical dramedy Glee, SQ plays with stereotypes for comedic effect. For instance, Chanel brings an Asian guy to class with her to help her with her exams and Then later complains about her African-American rival’s polls for president of Kappa Kappa Tau, stating, “It’s not fair! I’m losing to Zayday because we live in the age of Obama?”
To binge or not to binge? Maybe don’t. Having to wait a week in between episodes actually made me appreciate Scream Queens more. Plus, those girls are really terrible people, so you might develop misanthropic tendencies if you watch too much of the show at once. Do yourself a favour and pass on the second season though.
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