Scream Queens Season One

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These days you can barely take a crap in your own home without someone finding out about it and taking offence to it.  Frankly, your offence and your easily offended nature are offensive to me and my butt hole.

Scream Queens is one of those shows that I am actually shocked that it was able to even air on TV/Netflix and that the cast of the show haven’t been hunted down on social meeting and barraged by a wall of complainers.  The show is an obvious horror comedy that basically takes every opportunity that it can to make an offensive comment about something, anything and anyone.  Sometimes while watching the show you have to do a double take and say, Did they really just say/do that?

Season one of Scream Queens centres around a fictional university in the U.S. where a serial killer dons the schools mascot uniform and begins killing the students.  The victims centre around the sorority of Kappa Kappa Tau, a well known sorority for having the prettiest and most popular girls every year.  It is actually the fact that they are so racist and elitist that makes them the sorority that every girl wants to be part of.  The sorority is lead by Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts) and her gaggle of minions dubbed The Chanels.  Each of the original Chanel’s are given a number ranging from 1 to 5. These include: Chanel #2 (Ariana Grande), Chanel #3 (Billie Lourd), Chanel #4 died prior to the pilot and Chanel#5 (Abigail Breslin).  The Chanels are an elite group of rich daddy’s girls that plague and torment the university.  They stand for everything that the Dean of the university is against and so Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) makes it her mission to shut down the sorority for good.  As part of her mission to push the girls of Kappa Kappa Tau, the Dean makes it mandatory for the house to allow any pledge to join the house.  This strips the house of its exclusivity and creates a group of misfits that are an extreme contrast to The Chanels.  When a serial killer sets its sights on Kappa Kappa Tau, The Chanels and their new recruits must band together to try to protect one another and to unmask their killer and the reason behind the killings.

With the show being set on a university and within a sorority we have the added benefit of many different character roles to follow, and also plenty of victims.  The Chanels may be known as their number, but each one has their own name and their own personality.  Something that each character also has are their own skeletons.  The secrets from the past mixed and those of the present along side the over the top personalities helps to create a stronger storyline instead of a straight forward serial killer slasher show.  It also doesn’t hurt to have so many familiar faces added to the cast to keep us coming back including:  Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Lea Michele, Ariana Grande, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Jonas and an appearance by Chad Michael Murray.

The show is full of over the top comedy, cheesy horror (and actual horror) with the tantalizing element of mystery.  The thing that all these shows have in common is the fact that there is a killer and us as the viewer wants nothing more than to find out who it is.  This is what keeps us coming back for more as we target one person with a full belief that they are the killer, only to find out that they aren’t, to set our sights on the next person for the same pattern to continue.  This game allows the show to continue longer than just one episode and also keeps the viewers coming back; however, it can also get a little annoying.

There are moments of humour throughout the season, but I must admit I was hoping for more laughs than I actually got.  I appreciated the mystery of trying to work out who the killer is but even that only went so far.  Scream Queens is one of those shows that you don’t love, but the shock factor seems to keep you hanging around.  I wasn’t that impressed by season one, but I must admit that if season two was on Netflix I would have continued with the series.  With even more familiar faces in the second season when it does come available on Netflix, I won’t be surprised to find myself watching.

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The Call

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I can’t believe this movie was released in 2013.  I still remember seeing the preview and thinking how good this movie will be.  I put the movie on the To see list and even considered seeing it in theatres.  Life, money and time got in the way and this one managed to slip through the cracks.  I saw it pop up on Netflix a few times, but never took the time.

The Call stars Halle Berry who plays a 911 operator.  Definitely something that you don’t think about, those people on the other side of the line.  They have to deal with so many traumatic phone calls every day all day.  The emotional toll it must take on every single one of them must be immense.  Shout out to them.  Berry plays Jordan, a 911 operator who happened to be on the phone during an incident that has shaken her to the core.  No longer able to handle the stress of the “hive” and the direct calls, Jordan begins teaching new recruits.  When one of the newer employees is unable to handle the call, Jordan must step in and relive the horrors she experienced before when a teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) calls from within the trunk of a car reporting her own kidnapping.

The Call just so happens to be on Netflix now which gives many of you little to no excuses for not being able to see this movie if you haven’t already.  As I predicted back in 2013, this is one of those movies that should be on your TO see list and frankly I am shocked I haven’t heard more about this movie since then.  The Call is so INTENSE I was on the edge of my seat with my heart leaping out of my chest even further.  I am actually surprised that I did not have a complete heart attack while watching this.

The Call is a must see movie and I highly suggest you set aside whatever it is you are binge watching right now and take the time to watch this.  Be warned, if you have any heart issues you may want to steer clear of this one.

New Year’s Eve

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