Blood stains, ballgowns, and Chanel no. 5: A Review of Scream Queens

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The powder blue walls of Kappa Kappa Tau flash red and green in the lights thrown from a disco ball. Bat for Lashes thumps in the background and the lights flicker. Stilettos stumble over squashed red solo cups and shattered beer bottles. A girl appears on a balcony overlooking the madness. Her mascara is smudged from tears and it leaves black stains under her eyes and across her cheekbones. Her friends see her, and wave from below. In response, she lifts a shaky hand that is covered in blood. There has been a death at the sorority.

The opening scene from “Scream Queens” was epic. A sadistic horror combined with razor-sharp humor, this new show about the sordid past of a twisted sorority is a must-see.

The pilot has a perfect backstory beginning that leaves the remainder of the episode ripe for exposition. It is now twenty years later from the mysterious death that occurred at Kappa, and we are introduced to the new head of the sorority and her posse of Chanels. We discover that these sisters are as vicious and driven as they are vain, and they all harbor secrets about dark deeds they have committed in their rise to the top of the sorority food chain.

We are also introduced to a doe-eyed incoming freshman named Grace Gardener, who wishes to be a pledge in Kappa so she can follow in the footsteps of her late mother. Grace and the other pledges soon become privy to the sorority’s dark past including several murders of fellow sisters and staff at the sorority. Grace teams up with a fellow student (and possible love interest) who is also a  part time investigative reporter, to gather info about the sorority and stage an exposé that will hopefully put an end to the horrors of Kappa Kappa Tau. All the while, a mysterious cloaked figure in a red devil costume can be seen following the girls around, and lurking in the background. The identity of the red devil, what role he may play in the show, and who may be murdered next, are all questions at the forefront of my mind as I continue watching Fox’s new show, “Scream Queens.”

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