Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Duration: 42 min. (per episode)
Scream Queens: Season 1 (DVD) – Series Review
Ryan Murphy has already deserved his spot in the American film industry with Glee and An American Horror Story, before he came out with his newest series Scream Queens. This horror comedy promises to be exciting, funny and scary. With a writer such as Murphy and the top cast that they managed to put together, we did believe there must be some truth in it, so we were eager to find out.
Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts) is president of the sorority Kappa Kappa Tau at Wallace University, and that is just how she likes it. Being president of the most renown sorority comes with a few advantages: she can boss around her ‘minions’, make anyone who stands in her way the subject of public humiliation, and date Chad Radwell (Glen Powell), president of the Dickie Dollar Scholars fraternity. This year though, dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) decided that things need to change in Kappa Kappa Tau. Everyone who wants to join Kappa, will also be allowed, and dean Munsch will be following every one of Chanel’s moves.
Among the new applicants, there is Grace (Skyler Samuels), who doesn’t seem like the type to join a sorority like this, but since her mother was a Kappa as well, she wants to follow in her footsteps. The other applicants include Hester (Lea Michelle), a girl with a neckbrace, Jennifer (Breezy Eslin), who has a youtube channel devoted to candles and Tiffany (Whitney Meyer), a deaf girl. Chanel is going to have to fight hard if she wants to stay popular on campus, but lucky for her she’s still got her minions Chanel nr. 2 (Ariana Grande), Chanel nr. 3 (Billie Lourd) and Chanel nr. 5 (Abigail Breslin) to back her up.
Things turn creepy fast when people get randomly murdered on campus. Lawnmowers, chainsaws and knives are some of the tools used, and it soon becomes clear that the murders all have something to do with Kappa Kappa Tau. Everybody starts to suspect each other, but there are never enough arguments against anyone. The only thing they know for sure is that the killer is dressed as a red devil, and he might not be alone…
The series has quite a fast flow which runs through each episode. Events follow each other in a racing tempo, certainly at the beginning, causing the proper confusion. Truth be told, we weren’t completely stoked when we saw the first couple of episodes, as the murders seemed really random and unnecessarily cruel, and the girls at Kappa House just all seemed like brainless, coldhearted bitches. However, as the series progressed and the story became more coherent, we did appreciate it more, and even though most characters are quite stereotypical, it added to the comedy part in this horror comedy.
Emma Roberts puts down a fine acting performance as the bitch/fashionista Chanel, and Skyler Samuels provides a nice counterbalance to Roberts’ self-indulgent character. In short, we could say that all actors did a pretty good job, even though Abigail Breslin seems to overact every now and then which, despite being in the line of her characters’ personality, we didn’t really like.
The extras include three features, the first one being ‘Rush Kappa’, where you will get some advice from the girls as to what is expected of you as a Kappa. In ‘Between Two Queens’, you’ll get some short clips in which two actors of the show ask each other random questions, to get to know each other a little bit better. Lastly, Emma Roberts takes you along to her stylist, who explains how she put together Chanel’s wardrobe, something that is quite interesting given the eccentric yet classy outfits she always wears in the series. Overall, the extras are something different from the usual gag reel or deleted scenes, which we appreciate a lot.
This first season of Scream Queens takes you on a rollercoaster ride where lots of things are happening all the time, and nobody trusts each other anymore now that there is a serial killer on the loose. The characters are quite stereotypical and the murders often quite gruesome, but it’s safe to say that, even though horror comedy might not be your thing, Scream Queens isn’t bad in its genre.