A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The women work hard to demonstrate that they have what it takes to get the part. But there's also lots of catty behavior among the actresses in between challenges, and the scenes force many of them to act in very stereotypical ways. The majority of the contestants are Caucasian; two are Asian, and one is African-American (her race becomes a subject of discussion).
Violence & Scariness
Lots of blood-curling screaming, fake blood, gory imagery, chain saws, knives, hooks, medical tools, and other items used to simulate victims' torture. The actresses must play characters who physically fight back against serial killers; this action is seen as empowering. But they must act like bloody, brutalized victims at the same time. There's also lots of yelling and arguing between the actresses; physical confrontations occasionally break out between them.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The actresses must demonstrate that they're sexy enough for the part and are often asked to perform scenes that include strong sexual innuendo. They're also often required to wear skin-revealing outfits and/or perform nude scenes (though actual nudity is blocked out). Females "making out" are featured in some practice scenes. Occasional references to specific sexual acts.
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Audible language includes words like "hell," "bitch," "pissed," and "ass." Stronger curse words (like "dick" and "f--k") are bleeped out.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional alcohol consumption (cocktails, champagne).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- in which aspiring actresses compete for a role in a horror movie -- has lots of screaming, fake blood, gory imagery, and acting exercises in which the women are required to act as serial killer victims (albeit ones who can fight back). They're expected to perform "sexy" parts, dress in skimpy outfits, and perform in simulated nude scenes. Some practice scenes include same-sex kissing. Also expect plenty of iffy language (the strongest words are bleeped) and some drinking.
Is It Any Good?
Scream Queens offers a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating horror films and highlights some of the production techniques used to create terrifying movie moments. It also highlights the contradictory traits that the ideal horror film actress has to portray -- from beauty and vulnerability to grittiness and a sense of empowerment -- to create the kinds of scenes that make these films cult classics.
But, like most other reality competitions, the pressure to outperform the other contestants in front of the judges leads to some catty arguing and other scary behavior. The show also has plenty of sexual innuendo, salty language, and violent imagery. It's not appropriate for tweens, but teens who can handle this sort of thing might get a kick out of watching what goes into making the ultimate horror flick.
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