Ryan Murphy, creator of Glee and American Horror Story, tweeted the teaser for the upcoming Scream Queens yesterday.
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) February 13, 2015
According to DreadCentral.com. Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Joe Manganiello, Abigail Breslin, Skyler Samuels, and Keke Palmer star. Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande are set for guest roles. As well, DreadCentral says Murphy will be the executive producer along with his “Glee’s” compatriots, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, and Dante Di Loreto.
I don’t know why he sent this, unless it was to get fools like me talking about his show. The ‘teaser’ is a bit underwhelming. Nameless woman blows a CGI-bubblegum bubble before it gets stabbed to reveal a gush of blood and stock screams of women with a COMING THIS FALL tagline. Okay? This is supposed to be a horror comedy but this ‘teaser’ is neither funny nor scary. It’s a placeholder, which is what most teaser trailers are but when it’s so thin, why bother?
It’s not like Murphy and crew don’t know how to make a decent advert. The campaign leading up to American Horror Story: Freak Show was visually stunning. It’s what got me to watch the show. Granted, I only got through two episodes but at least they got me to watch.
Right now, it’s hard for me to muster up enthusiasm for another ensemble cast based show from Murphy, Falchuk and Brennan, especially after Murphy’s faux pax when he announced the show:
“I knew I wanted to work with Brad and Ian again on something comedic, and we are having a blast writing ‘Scream Queens,’” Murphy said. “We hope to create a whole new genre – comedy-horror – and the idea is for every season to revolve around two female leads.”
Emphasis added by me. Every time I read that quote, I want to watch Evil Dead 2, Dead/Alive, Frankenhooker, Night of the Creeps, Shaun of the Dead or even Dr. Phibes.
Murphy has said he’s a fan of horror in the past but that statement is such an oversight, it kind of makes me wonder. While it’s not a requirement to have seen those movies to make (or enjoy) horror in 2015. But Murphy’s statement makes me think that this show isn’t going after anyone who HAS. Scream Queens sounds like it’s going to be a horror show for non-horror fans made by non-horror fans.
I might be wrong. They haven’t even started making it so it’s no good to start hating it. Hell, they could get Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon and Elvira to write scripts and it could be the greatest thing ever. We’ll have to see.