This scene from last night’s Scream Queens, in which someone in a plastic red devil mascot costume kills another character in an ice-cream cone mascot costume by cutting off his cream head with a chainsaw while Wham!’s “I’m Your Man” plays, is so perfectly absurd as self-contained imagery that I won’t bother to explain it further. What a wonderful world.
Ryan Murphy’s latest series, Scream Queens, premiered last night on Fox and the most shocking thing about the horror-comedy series is how good it was. The acting of the large ensemble was on point almost across the board—if Emma Roberts, the principal character and president of the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority the show focuses on, can keep up the pace, she’s headed for a tour de force. The script at times seemed like more of a worthy heir to Heathers than virtually anything that’s come in its wake attempting to recreate its magic—it’s that funny, that idiosyncratic, that nasty.