Ryan Murphy’s horror-comedy anthology series Scream Queens, which centers around a college sorority, is a campier, funnier version of American Horror Story and inspired by the ’80s/early ’90s slasher genre.
In an interview with EW, Murphy talked about the series: “I really like the idea of doing a comedy and doing sort of anthological comedy. What I love about it is when it’s funny, it’s funny. And when it’s scary, it’s scary… The other thing it’s inspired by is it’s a real murder mystery whodunit. In the very first episode you meet all the characters and then the killings start happening on this college campus. Every character in the piece has the motivation to be the killer.”
Emma Roberts, who has appeared on two seasons of American Horror Story, plays Chanel Oberlin, the ruthless president of the sorority. The dean, Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis), wants to “stop the racist status quo that many of the houses in her university have fallen into.” Keke Palmer also stars as Zayday, an African-American student with a genius IQ, and Abigail Breslin plays Chanel’s right-hand woman, Chanel #5.
The girls of Kappa House are dying for new pledges. Scream Queens is a new killer comedy-horror series from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.
Wallace University is rocked by a string of murders. Kappa House, the most sought-after sorority for pledges, is ruled with an iron fist (in a pink glove) by its Queen Bitch, Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts). But when anti-Kappa Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) decrees that sorority pledging must be open to all students, and not just the school’s silver-spooned elite, all hell is about to break loose, as a devil-clad killer begins wreaking havoc, claiming one victim, one episode at a time. Part black comedy, part slasher flick, Scream Queens is a modern take on the classic whodunit, in which every character has a motive for murder… or could easily be the next blood-soaked casualty.
Scream Queens stars Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Nasim Pedrad, Oliver Hudson, Skyler Samuels, Keke Palmer, newcomer Billie Lourd, Diego Bonita, Glen Powell, Lucien Laviscount, Niecy Nash, Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande.
Scream Queens premieres this fall on FOX. Check out the trailer below.