Sorority house turns slaughterhouse


Ellie Ritter

If “Carrie” was in a sorority instead of living with her creepy, fanatic mother, she would be a character straight out of Fox’s new horror-comedy show, “Scream Queens.” Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan – the men behind “Glee” and “American Horror Story” – “Scream Queens” wittily mocks the standard kill-the-mean-girl-at-a-party trope – all while commenting on social norms and stereotypes. How social activist of you, Ryan Murphy!

The show loosely follows Grace, a freshman at Wilson College and a Kappa Kappa Tau legacy. When she joins the sorority, she meets the typical mean girls who lead the pack, a motley crew of strange pledges, a cute boy (of course), and more. Nights at Kappa Kappa Tau quickly turn dark, though, when a suspicious serial killer clad in a Red Devil costume begins slaughtering the girls in the goriest, most merciless ways possible.

Aside from being jam-packed with a celebrity cast – Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande, to name a few – the show is also rife with clever one-liners (“I’m an American. I don’t have to understand anything!”), mostly delivered by the sorority president and chief mean girl, Chanel Oberlin. Chanel isn’t the only funny character, though. Sassy security officer Denise Hempfield, played by Niecy Nash, has a slowness bound crack you up. Every other sorority member has her own little quirk: there’s Hester, bound to a neckbrace and ugly skirts, a deaf Taylor Swift fan (a hilarious bit of music criticism) and even an eerily relatable girl who always wears earmuffs for protection. As each one meets their gruesome fate, the murders get creepier and the gore gets cheesier – which only makes it more entertaining to watch.

Season one may be over, but get ready to see what’s in store for the Kappa Kappa Tau girls later on.


Photo courtesy of Creative Commons