Scream Queens premier: Bloody fun


Maura Linehan, Arts & Entertainment Contributor

Scream Queens opens with a group of post-teen, young adults (college students) dancing around at a party—pretty normal for a college party, but within the first 30 seconds of the show you see blood on the screen. It’s a sure sign of things to come. It’s 1995 and in addition to dancing, the party features the birth of a child, the death of her mother and a group of sorority girls determined to continue the party despite the bloody events.

 Fast-forward to 2015, and the sisters of Kappa Kappa Tau sorority are all that is on Grace Gardner’s (Skyler Samuels) mind as she begins her first year at Wallace University. She is a Kappa legacy and intends to pledge the sorority. Unfortunately, the president of Kappa, Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts), and her preppy “minions” don’t see Grace as Kappa material. Not only does Chanel actually refer to them as “minions,” she has named them Chanel #2, Chanel #3,  and so on. Predictably, there’s a Chanel #5 (Abigail Breslin of Little Miss Sunshine fame). While this may all seem very normal for sorority life—in a Mean Girls sort of way; what is not so normal is the surprising murder of Kappa’s elderly housekeeper, Grace’s encounter with a red devil, and escalating mayhem.

 Moving from a horror show into more typical teen TV, Grace meets a guy. Effortlessly, Pete Martinez (Diego Boneta), who works at the coffee shop and happens to be the school paper’s investigative reporter, becomes Grace’s love interest. Pete attempts to convince Grace not to join Kappa because, “bad things happen there,” but Grace isn’t interested in that advice.

 Grace puts it on herself to investigate, and she spends a lot of time looking in places she probably shouldn’t. Along the way we meet the world’s worst security guard (comedian Niecy Nash), Wallace University’s dean played by Jamie Lee Curtis, and Nick Jonas as a suspicious student.

 On the lighter side, the sorority is figuring out if they should allow a gay man, Boone (the Jonas character), into their sorority. There is the hazing of the pledges with the Kappa sister’s burying them up to their necks in the yard—with a result you might be able to guess. Not to mention, the Wallace University mascot just happens to be a Red Devil.

 Scream Queens reminds me of a big game of Clue with many different avenues to explore and multiple suspects to eliminate. There are a lot of characters and a lot of things to try and make sense of—remember that 1995 party? I enjoyed this mysterious and somewhat gory show, and I plan to tune in to see what happens next. Scream Queens is on Fox, Tuesday nights at 8 p.m.