Scream Queens returned this week, and I couldn’t be happier. I freaking love this show. And maybe the thing I love about it the most is just how much it embraces the humorous side of horror.
See, I grew up on ’80s b-horror movies, which means I like my horror with a big side of cheese. Evil Dead, Return of the living Dead, Night of the Creeps–there are plenty of examples of horror and humor going hand.
Don’t get me wrong–I love straight up terrifying horror as well–but I actually prefer to read those kinds of stories. When it comes to shows and movies, I want to have fun.
And Scream Queens is a ton of fun.
Not only does the show have a million nods to the films I grew up watching, but the casting is superb. New regulars this season include John Stamos (Full House), Taylor Lautner (Twilight) In this season’s first episode, we got Jerry O’Connel (Scream 2, Stand by Me) and Kirstie Alley (Cheers, Village of the Damned).
But the core of Scream Queens is Dean Munsch and the Chanels–Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd and Abigail Breslin. The chemistry these four characters have is wonderful, and their dialogue is amazing. Behold:
There were several laugh out loud moments during this season’s first episode, and the dialogue was in mid-season form already. And I love Keke Palmer’s Zeyday, who is just slightly less crazy than everyone else, making her the voice of reason for the group.
As for the Green Meanie, this year’s killer? I don’t know if I like it as much as the Red Devil, but I’m along for the ride and it’s early yet.
My hope for Scream Queens this season is that it pushed the ridiculous factor as high as possible. If you’re playing by ’80s horror movie rules, each sequel gets progressively more crazy, and I like how ludicrous the premise of this season is already.
Scream Queens is on Tuesdays at 9pm.