Why I’m dying to see Scream Queens

So I am completely obsessed with Scream. It may be a strange movie to love – gore and horror and all that, but it’s a classic, and hey, I love all kinds of movies.

Scream was iconic in that it played on horror tropes, while characters made fun of them. It unsuspectingly killed off popular actress Drew Barrymore within the first five minutes. And one of my personal favorite details, it brought together aww-inducing couple David Arquette and Courteney Cox – onscreen and off. (Though that last one is a bit sad since they aren’t together anymore, although, I guess also not, since they have each happily moved on.)

Now Scream has inspired the dark mind of Ryan Murphy, creator of American Horror Story and Glee. While I wasn’t as blown away by the latest series of AHS as I thought I would be, I still can’t help but admire the show’s creepy brilliance, most beautifully displayed in the unforgettable first season.
We’ve been teased with news of his latest series (How does the guy ever sleep? He’s got, like, a million projects in the works.) – Scream Queens – for months, but with it debuting in September we’re finally starting to see some details.

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The upcoming horror comedy stars the Scream Queen herself, Jamie Lee Curtis, of Halloween fame, as well as AHS favorite Emma Roberts, Glee star Lea Michele,  Ariana Grande (who’s always said she’d love to star in a horror film), Nick Jonas, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, and Oliver Hudson.
The new Fox series, dreamily described by Murphy as “Heathers meets Friday the 13th” takes these stars to college, where a killer is stalking a sorority.

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The creator recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly, where he finally dished about the upcoming series that I’m absolutely dying to see.

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Well, it looks like Scream Queens will leave you begging for more, as Murphy spilled that the series will be a whodunit, with the killer not being revealed until the final episode of the show.

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“In the very first episode you meet all the characters, and then the killings start happening on this college campus,” he said. “Every character in the piece has the motivation to be the killer. So when you’re watching it, part of the fun is, Okay, who did it?”
He also revealed a bit more of the plot, in which the crimes – like in Scream – will be out of vengeance. “It opens in a flashback to 1995 at the sorority where something horrible happens. It’s a mystery that goes unsolved,” he said.

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He continued: “Flash forward 20 years to today, and it looks like someone is out for revenge. Something horrible happened to a pledge and on the anniversary of that crime, someone is out for revenge.”

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Now… being a sorority girl myself, this whole unsolved pledge death leaves me feeling a little icky – hazing in fraternities/sororities is a serious issue. I wouldn’t want a system that was so welcoming, beneficial, and philanthropic in my experience to be torched for the sake of entertainment value.
That being said… I have to admit I am intrigued. I loved Emma as Madison Montgomery in AHS: Coven – who didn’t? She is the absolute queen of sass and could no doubt rule a college campus.

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Speaking of, Murphy spoke about her character – Chanel, the president of Kappa Sorority. He specifically wrote the character for her, and described her as “very funny” and “ruthless.”

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“All her life all she’s wanted to do is be president of Kappa and have this great boyfriend and rule the roost. She’s very fashionable and very ruthless,” he added.

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Another way Scream Queens mirrors Scream is that the killer has a uniform. No, it won’t be a comical, plastic ghost mask, but it will be consistent.
The costume in this series is inspired by the college they all attend – Wallace University. “Wallace University’s mascot is the Red Devil,” he explained – how perfect! “So somebody has stolen the Red Devil costume and that’s what he or she wears when they commit the crimes.”

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Hmm… guess that explains the image that appears in the bubblegum in those delightfully twisted teasers! “We spent five months working on the prototype for that devil outfit,” he continued. “I’m really happy with it. He or she uses everything [as weapons].
Now… I realize this may seem puzzling, since I’ve been detailing the ways Scream Queens compares to Scream, when there’s literally going to be a horror series based off of the movie itself.

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However, here’s the thing: I’m a bit more hesitant for that one. I’m familiar with how Ryan Murphy handles horror, and I’m a fan. Plus, it’s not an exact reboot… it’s merely inspired by Scream, as well as other Eighties slasher films.

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Meanwhile, a straight up adaptation of Scream risks ruining the beloved image I have in my head of that quirky, quick-witted horror film. Now, don’t get me wrong – I will absolutely be tuning in on June 30 (two days after my birthday!) to check out MTV’s version.
I’m curious. I generally like MTV scripted series (Finding Carter, anyone?) and the trailer is super weird and creepy – and totally reminds you of Scream with that voice (Am I right?).
I’m just not quite as excited for Scream as I am for Scream Queens – which debuts in September if I haven’t already mentioned it… have I mentioned that? :p – that’s all.
So to sum up this extravagantly long blog post – I’m incredibly excited for Scream Queens, and Emma Roberts rules all. Also, Ryan Murphy is on a damn roll.
Until next time,
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