Review: ‘Scream Queens’ Delivers Perfect Blend of Comedy and Horror

Review: Scream Queens Delivers Perfect Blend of Comedy and Horror

Rebecca Boyajian

Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd and Ariana Grande preparing a ritual on the season premiere.

New horror-comedy “Scream Queens” recently premiered on FOX with a two-hour special and is perfect for those on the search for their next television obsession. It was gruesome, unpredictable, laugh-out-loud funny, and left people anticipating answers to the unresolved mysteries of the first episode.  

When advertised to be a new horror show from the co-creators of “American Horror Story” and “Glee”, viewers went in with high expectations and assumed there would be a lot of similarities between them. It undoubtedly has a little bit of an “AHS” feel to it, complete with scary shocks and scenes that should not be viewed by the squeamish. However, hardly any comparison to “Glee” could be made besides actress Lea Michele starring in both.

The show follows the story of all the members of the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority house trapped on campus due to being targeted by the mysterious red devil murderer. The main point of the episode (and most likely the next several) will be finding out the identity of this killer, who is definitely no joke seeing how they succeed in “getting rid” of some of the girls in this episode alone. The identity of the mystery person at first seems to be predictable but as the show unravels it seems apparent that any one of the characters has potential to be the campus killer.

The almost entirely female leading cast is made up of familiar faces, some coming over from the creators’ previous shows. Emma Roberts, “AHS” veteran, plays snobby stereotypical sorority president Chanel and “Glee” star Lea Michele plays creepy misfit Hester. The two-hour premiere showcased some seriously funny characters like Zayday, played by Keke Palmer, and Denise played by Niecy Nash, who often diluted some of the gruesome or otherwise scary scenes with comedy giving it a unique feel unlike any show on TV right now. The list of impressive female cast members goes on to include Jamie Lee Curtis, Abigail Breslin, Ariana Grande, Nasim Pedrad and more.

Try not getting too attached to the characters, though, because seeing how the show was pretty kill-heavy, it’s doubtful any of the characters will last very long. It will be interesting to see how the show will be carried out for a complete season let alone more than one if people continue being killed-off at this rate. Maybe the creators will set the show similar to “AHS” where an entirely new set of characters is established each season, or perhaps only a few people will end up surviving and continuing on to the next.

After only one episode, it’s apparent that Scream Queens is practically destined to be a hit thanks to the co-creators’ history of award-winning shows, a shining cast, a compelling storyline and a unique feel that sets it apart from the current shows on TV right now.