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Scream Queens: On Wednesdays We Wear Blood Red

Scream Queens: On Wednesdays We Wear Blood Red

George Plank
Staff Writer

From “The Simpsons” to “New Girl,” The Fox Network television programs have become household names. Fox’s new horror-comedy show “Scream Queens” — debuting Sept. 22 — wants to do the same, but will it leave people running in terror or screaming for more?

“Scream Queens” focuses on the very exclusive sorority Kappa Kappa Tau. On the surface, it seems like any other film sorority; narcissistic, vapid, and cruel, but underneath the sparkling white exterior it hides a dark secret. The university has received numerous complaints against the sorority and the new dean wants to revoke the organization’s charter. After some intervention from the national level of KKT, the dean elects another method of punishment. For this semester, anyone that wants to pledge Kappa will be automatically allowed in.

This is where the main conflict resides. The active members of Kappa don’t want to sully the name of the sorority by admitting the worst outcasts and misfits that the university has to offer. The president and other sisters, all named Chanel, take it upon themselves to make hell week as miserable as possible for the pledges. Fortunately for them, so does a killer that targets the Kappa sisters and begins killing them off one by one.

The sisters of Kappa are some of the most despicable people imaginable with almost no redeeming qualities. Each time a new character appears, you think that there couldn’t possibly be a character to despise more. Not five minutes later, a new character appears that makes you wish for more time with the last.

The pledge characters on the other hand are surprisingly creative. Among their ranks is the every-girl, the character that the viewer is supposed to identify with. She’s quirky and determined. Her roommate is an expressive girl who could be called the most rational of the group. For good measure, there are also a number of over-the-top characters.

“Scream Queens” does what very few others dare to. It creates a horror-show without a pre-existing product. Today’s market for television is oversaturated with shows like MTV’s “Scream” or A&E’s “Bates Motel.”

The show draws less inspiration from classic horror movies and more from such films as “Mean Girls” or classic college movies such as “Revenge of the Nerds.”

The show’s humor is derived from insults thrown around by the Kappa sisters that the audience is supposed to accept as catty. Admittedly, there is one legitimately funny scene in the premiere involving the killer and text messages, but the humor isn’t distributed well throughout the rest of the show.

The sisters of Kappa Kappa Tau are so irredeemable that you’ll watch a majority of the show in the hopes that one of them finally meets their end, but we see quickly that no character is truly safe. The “whodunit” style mixed with a few twists and turns will leave most viewers formulating theories before the premier is over.

If you wanted to see the cast of “Mean Girls” die horrible deaths one-by-one, then “Scream Queens” is the show for you.