Pilot Season Showdown: Scream Queens, Episode 1 Review

(Beware, spoilers below!)

From the brain behind American Horror Story and Glee, Ryan Murphy brings us a story about some creepy goings on at a sorority house this Fall. It all begins when the Dean decides that she’s had enough of Kappa Kappa Tau’s reign of elitism and makes them take any pledges who want to join. This leads to gory fun, several early deaths and and red devil that’s easily suspect.

Scream Queens is so self aware, you wonder if it’s staring at itself in the mirror whilst pointing and laughing, and that’s what makes the show so enjoyable. The fast and zany pace means that the episodes fly-by, almost to the point where you wonder just how much we’re going to get through in a season. The real horror here isn’t just the gory killings but just how much twisted crap people these days really do get up to. Chanel is the full-on mean girl you hate. Think Regina George, but with almost no redeeming qualities. Jamie Lee Curtis’ dead might be on a crusade against Kappa Kappa Tau but she’s also a student shagging mid-life crisis smoker who isn’t afraid to stoop where she wants.

It’s madness, utter madness, and that’s what makes it so fun. Instead of trying to take itself serious, but playing off famous horror films like Scream we instead get a slick, modern horror story that has us laughing at ourselves at it.

5/5 = ‘Solid hope for the future, my lovelies.”

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