About a year or so ago I seem to briefly remember mentioning a twinkle in the eye of FOX – a female driven anthology horror-comedy series called Scream Queens. The series, produced by American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy and starring Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis is on its 4th episode, and I felt it was far enough in to finally decide to say: YES SCREAM QUEENS IS AWESOME.
01. Sorority House Rules
If you aren’t a fan of sororities, well, what’s better than seeing them all killed? I for one love a good sorority slasher, from House on Sorority Row to Black Christmas – it’s one of those classic horror movie settings, much like the summer camp, haunted house or cabin in the woods. However, with a sorority house, you are forced to change the dynamic – the typical male stereotypes don’t exist because it’s all ladies…
02. The Ultimate Scream Queen
The college dean is played by none other than Jamie Lee Curtis, yes, the original Scream Queen herself. Just in case you have lived in a shed for the whole of your life (or perhaps underdeveloped and living in a sorority house attic…) Jamie made a name for herself back in the 1970’s for her role as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter’s seminal slasher flick, Halloween and went on to star in many more horror films throughout the 1980’s (as well as stripping for Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1994)
03. Tributes and Homage Galore
From the girls burying themselves in soil up to their necks on a croquet pitch and top bitches referring to themselves as the same name plus a number (Heathers, anyone?) to the 80’s horror flick styled opening sequence and *SPOILER* the up-and-coming Psycho re-enactment – the series is overflowing with homage to the horror genre. If that’s not enough, the constant pop-culture references and slick, quick-witted script will keep you on your toes.
04. Kick ass Femme Fatales
Unlike many slasher flicks, where ladies are generally eye candy with their breasts on show, or that untouchable virgin golden girl whose purity means she lasts the duration. The ladies of Scream Queens are fairly well-rounded, if not a little caricatured and even the girls’ body guards are female. While they are indeed a parody of themselves, the girls in the series – bad AND good, are more than what they immediately present. Chanel #1 is a cold hearted bitch, but her character extends further than just being a villainess (she even calls out a sexist pervert and her gang of Chanels beat him to a pulp, much to on-lookers glee). These are some ladies who don’t go down without a fight.
05. There are THREE Halloween episodes
Yes 3, in one season. SOLD.
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