Scream Queens Review

Hey fellow bookworms!

So I’ve neglected this blog a lot recently and I would like to apologise! I’ve just been so busy, what with my dissertation and other uni work (I also had no laptop for over a month – not fun!)! I thought that I’d do something a little different today and post a review of a TV show. Have you heard of Scream Queens? Well, I did a review a while back, and I didn’t get round to publishing it anywhere so I decided to post it here instead! Enjoy!

Ryan Murphy, the guy behind Glee and American Horror Story, has come up with a new show that is bound to keep you hooked: Scream Queens. Admittedly, I was a bit sceptical about Scream Queens at first – it is set in a sorority and the trailer made the characters seem shallow and annoying. However, the cast, which includes Jamie Lee Curtis and Lea Michele (you may recognise her from Glee), was enough to make me want to start watching the show.

For those of you who have yet to see Scream Queens, it’s basically about a group of Kappa sisters who are haunted by a series of murders. The first episode opens with a scene in a sorority party. A group of girls find out that there is something wrong with their friend and rush to the bathroom to find her laying in the bath with a newborn baby in her arms. The next minute, the girl is dead. The episode then fast-forwards to the present day. Newcomer Grace Gardner (Skyler Samuels) moves into the same sorority house, unaware of the tragedy that took place twenty years ago. The sorority is now led by Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts) and her minions Chanel #2 (Ariana Grande), Chanel #3 (Billie Lourd) and Chanel #5 (Abigail Breslin). Chanel is reluctant to have anyone who is not a complete airhead live in the same building as her. Much to her annoyance, Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) has other ideas, and forces a group of outcasts to move in. Along with Grace, we have feisty Zayday Williams (Keke Palmer); Jennifer (Breezy Eslin), who has a weird fascination with candles; Sam (Jeanina Han), the lesbian; and Hester Ulrich (Lea Michele), who wears a neck brace.

 

On the night that these girls join Kappa House, it becomes evident that there is a murderer on the loose. While it appears that the aim of Scream Queens is to have the audience guess who this killer is, we are aware that they wear a red devil mask (hence the name ‘Red Devil’) and have something against the girls in Kappa House. Could the Red Devil be connected to the events that occurred two decades ago? Everyone seems to have a legitimate motive for motive, especially Dean Munsch. Right from the start she seems intent on destroying sororities. At the same time, Denise Hempbill (Niecy Nash), who is employed by Dean Munsch to “protect” the girls, is insistent that the Red Devil is really Zayday, while Grace blames Chanel. Grace herself is another suspect. It is clear that the killer could be anyone.

Scream Queens may be one of the most ridiculous shows out there, but it is also compelling, and I find myself eager to find out who will be the next victim. Emma Roberts is completely convincing as the bratty Chanel, and Denis Hempbill is hilarious. Jamie Lee Curtis’s character is reminiscent of Glee’s Sue Slyvester, and Ryan Murphy has once again chosen the right actress to play this role. Scream Queens makes a great modern ‘whodunnit’. If you love mysteries and light horrors, Scream Queens is the right show for you.

Have you seen Scream Queens? What did you think of it?

Serena

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