Show of hands. How many of you have been personally victimized by Chanel? In Ryan Murphy’s new hit Scream Queens, Pretty Little Liars meets Mean Girls in the over the top comedy horror about an insufferable sorority and the serial killer that terrorizes them.
In the premiere, we get to meet Chanel, a kind of bitchy Elle Woods with a penchant for fur coats and legal loopholes. She runs Kappa, the campus’s most elite sorority and is flanked by her minions, whose name she can’t bother to learn. Instead her pastel pawns go by Chanel 2, 4 and 5. (There was a 3 but she had menangitis and went home and then she died.)
Fans of Glee will feel nostalgic for the season’s witty dialogue and on-the-nose pop culture references – to wit, as Chanel 2 is being stabbed to death (spoiler alert) she skips calling 9-1-1 to post to Facebook that she’s being murdered. #Blessed.
When the fall pledge class doesn’t turn out to be all the Kappas we expecting, Chanel puts a plan into place to pretend to drown her maid in a deep fryer. But things go awry when the prank doesn’t go as planned and the new Kappas have to hide the body in the sorority’s meat locker (Right, like sorority girls even eat meat.) in exchange for popular boyfriends and Spring Break on Chanel’s private jet.
If it sounds too ridiculous to believe, that’s because it is. But somehow it’s funny and self-aware all the same. When the body disappears, the ladies of Kappa realize they’re being stalked by a serial killer in a red devil costume and being held against their will by the bitter Dean who wants the Kappas gone.
There were many bright parts of Scream Queens, but naturally the reason I loved it so much was the costumes – designed by the brilliant Lou Eyrich who previously created those memorable Glee looks for Rachel, Emma Pillsbury and more. The show fashion is like Clueless meets Gossip Girl, with mixed patterns and textures, adorned with tulle, feathers and fur.
Do “sexy” halloween costumes like nurses and pirates make you sigh, “Oh what fresh hell is this?” Grab your minions and dress like the Chanels. Seriously, you’ll be like the only people at the party almost as smart as me.