Scream Queens is the perfect mix of slasher horror and classic American comedy. The show focuses on a group of sorority girls who reside in Kappa House at Wallace University. While our protagonists desperately try to get new pledges into the group, a twist of events leads to a string of murders at the university.
Every character in the show has a motive for murder, making the mystery element highly intelligent and engaging. The series was created by Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy. It had a fairly short airing, making its initial debut on streaming screens from September 2015 to December 2016.
After a successful first season in 2015, we saw another hit season the year after. Popular actors Emma Robers, Billie Lourd, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Oliver Hudson are part of the star-studded cast.
After two successful seasons, the show was canceled. However, Ryan Murphy offered a surprise announcement in May 2020 that the show is back on track for a third season. It is currently unknown when the next season is scheduled for release.
The first season of the show focuses on the Kappa Tau sorority. Chanel Oberlin, played by Emma Roberts, is the star of the show. Internal conflicts within the sorority and other university members lead to a reemergence of a serial killer in the university.
The Red Devil serial killer is on the loose throughout the first season as all of the cast members try to pin down who is responsible. All sorority members are targeted by the serial killer, indicating that someone holds a grudge against the members of Kappa Tau.
With the conclusion of the first season’s storyline, the second season focuses on Cathy Munsch. With the serial killer coming clean in the first season, Cathy and the sorority members face yet another serial killer and try to uncover the truth behind the murders.
Cast and characters
The most notable cast member is probably Emma Roberts, who plays the role of Chanel Oberlin, the leader of the sorority. Supporting her in the sorority group are notable talents such as Lea Michele, Billie Lourd, Abigail Breslin, Jamie Lee Curtis and more. Ariana Grande also makes a surprise appearance for select episodes.
Most of the show is based in the fictional Kappa House. But where is the original house? It turns out that the building where most of the show was shot is at Second Line Stages, a house located at the Metairie Club Gardens in Old Metairie. This house is a commercial building owned by Joseph Canizaro.
Other locations that are shown in the show include Palmer Avenue and St. Charles Avenue.
The original season of Scream Queens comprised 15 episodes and was commissioned by Fox Broadcasting Company. Ryan Murphy headed up the project, alongside Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk. Members of the creative group were known for previously working on hit shows such as Glee and American Horror Story.
The show is designed to keep the audience guessing as the mystery unfolds. There are carefully hidden hints that slowly reveal the identity of the killer over the course of the entire season. According to Falchuk, this is a very fresh formula that was decided on before the writing process began.
Episodes and reception
Initial responses to the show were mixed. With an approval rating of almost 70%, the show performed to an above average standard based on audience and critic ratings. One of the biggest complaints about the show was that it tries to be both a horror show and a sorority drama at the same time. While it gets the job done at both ends, it fails to impress horror enthusiasts or teen drama fans to a thorough enough extent.
Despite the polarizing reviews, the show was successful before it was called off after the second season. Fans were not impressed that the second instalment followed the exact same formula and didn’t provide anything new. That said, a third season is in the works after a four-year break and time away from the story may be just the ticket to have fans falling in love with it again.
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