Scream Queens – What Fresh Hell is This?

“But you said you loved me…”

“I did sort of love you. I’d just love you a lot more if other people loved you too.”

Everything about the new Fox comedy horror repelled me. The promos featuring college girls standing outside their sorority house blowing bubble gum with a demon face in it. I figured, that no matter how “scary” they tried to make it, there was no way they could pull it off.

They pulled it off. Watching Scream Queens is like a twisted abomination between Clueless and Halloween. While you’re sure from the very beginning of how evil some of the characters are, you cannot be sure how widespread the evil is.

A twist on the slasher genre, in Scream Queens the sorority house isn’t stalked by a psychopath. At least, the sorority house isn’t stalked only by a psychopath. There are plenty of psychopaths already in the sorority. Whether they are actually doing the murders or not (they are), the actual horror is not just displayed in the gruesome deaths but in the obliviousness which these girls are going through life.

Stepping on people, treating people like trash and humiliating them is just a typical day for Chanel Oberlin, played by Emma Roberts, the current president of Kappa Kappa Tao. Her rise to the leadership of the local chapter was surrounded by suspicion, as the previous president was killed by an unfortunate spray tanning incident. Yes, a spray tanning incident.

The tongue-in-cheek writing of Scream Queens is bright and the characters are surprisingly interesting. Though vapid in their brains, they are presented in such a mocking way, with descriptions for the new sorority pledges such as “Predatory Lez”, and “Deaf Taylor Swift”.

Nasim Pedrad deserves a special mention for her portrayal of the sorority house lawyer, redeeming herself for the machinelike girlfriend-roommate character she played in the ill-fated “Mulaney”. Watching her in Mulaney was like watching a bad impression of Elaine from Seinfeld, unfunny and failing in every way. As lawyer Gigi Caldwell, she is barely capable as an attorney but perfectly capable of cracking you up.