Scream Queens – Scream Again Review

After a worrying beginning, Scream Queens season two gets back on track with a tirade of ridiculous laughs.

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This article contains spoilers for Scream Queens, Scream Again

By Jay Hunter – Scream Queens season two premiere opens on familiar ground as we’re introduced to a hospital party in the 1980’s. Incompetent doctors are set with the task of saving the life of man’s life, by the request of his pregnant (sound familiar?) wife. The prologue had me worried for the new season, whilst I’m a fan of the series over the top humour, here it was too unbelievable as a gaggle of doctors flat out refuse to save a mans life, because it’s Halloween. Their motives may become more realised further on in the season, but it was a jarring opening none the less. Additionally stories of swamp monsters felt more at home in American Horror Story than Scream Queens.

Fast-forward to modern day however and Scream Queens really comes into it’s own. Set years after the horrors of Kappa House, Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) buys an abandoned hospital, where she recruits doctors Brock Holt (John Stamos) and Cassidy Cascade (Taylor Lautner), along with medical student Zayday Williams (Keke Palmer), plus the disgraced Chanels (Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Billie Lourd).

As ever, the humour is a mix of meta and total ridiculousness, after starring on a Netflix documentary akin to Making a Murderer, the Chanels find themselves exonerated from the murder they were framed for in season one. However their public image is in need of treatment, along with Dean Munsch’s need for more female staff at her hospital, the Chanels find themselves as medical students. Although there’s some cliche humour here such as Emma Roberts refusing to wear scrubs (ew), the general chemistry they have with the staff is brilliant.

Zany dialogue from the likes of Dr. Brock Holt is the star of the episode, with stories of him separating the Hemsworth brothers at birth really setting the tone for the series. The barrage of low-brow humour may be a turn off for some, but if you’re looking for a silly series to get you in the mood for Halloween season, you’d be hard pressed to find anything better than Scream Queens.

Although there’s a fair amount of gore, let’s be clear this is a comedy series with horror undertones and not the other way around. This formula turned many hardcore horror fans off in season one, so there’s nothing for them to return for here.

Of course with Curtis being back at a hospital, there are a few sly nods to Halloween II for slasher fans to enjoy. That being said, Zany dialogue from the likes of Dr. Brock Holt is the star of the episode, with stories of him separating the Hemsworth brothers at birth really setting the tone for the series.

The barrage of low-brow humour may be a turn off for some, but if you’re looking for a silly series to get you in the mood for Halloween season, you’d be hard pressed to find anything better than Scream Queens.

Author: Jay Hunter

Owner of Jump Scare UK. Award nominated writer. The Playlist, Fangoria, Rue Morgue, The Guide Liverpool & more. I killed Mufasa #LFC

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