Billie Lourd's mother is Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. Billie's character is often seen wearing earmuffs - a homage to her mother's famous hairstyle in the movie. Also, in the final episode, Chanel #3 has her hair in the classic 'Leia' hairstyle.
Ryan Murphy had no intention of doing the show without Jamie Lee Curtis. He stated he's a fan of hers and and had been trying to work with her for years, so he expressly wrote material for her that he just wanted to see her living out, being irreverent and fun and powerful, large and in charge. When Curtis met with him and executive producer Brad Falchuk about potentially starring, Murphy said to her, "'If you don't do it, we're not going to do the show.'" It took a day for her to think about it, and she ended up committing before even seeing a script.
The actresses had to learn to walk in a certain formation to set the right tone for the characters. Co-creator Ryan Murphy would always tell them to listen to music in their head when they're walking. The cast also had to practice their screaming.
Scream Queens (2015) is described as Heathers (1988)/Mean Girls (2004) meets Friday the 13th (1980). Much like Heathers (1988), in which the three most popular girls at school are all called Heather, sorority leader Chanel Oberlin (portrayed by Emma Roberts) has her minions and is so self-centered that she just calls them Chanel #2, Chanel #3 and Chanel #5. It is said by Chanel Oberlin that Chanel #4 graduated earlier and went home before the series started.
The sorority featured in the show "Kappa Kappa Tau" was originally called "Kappa Nu Tau" and it's acronym, KNT, can be seen on early promos for the show. The name was changed due to some viewers looking at the acronym as a double entendre, the KNT promos were subsequently replaced with promos featuring the KKT acronym instead.
In a 1995 British television interview about her career, Carrie Fisher discussed the fact that her upbringing as the daughter of two movie stars gave her a background that very few others could relate to: "I'm alone, then. I've had such a weird, exotic, rare life. The only person that can relate to it is Jamie Lee Curtis. So what--are we going to meet once a week and discuss all this stuff? 'Yeah, my father was a womanizer and a junkie too! Wow!'" Both Jamie Lee Curtis and Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, are now regulars on Scream Queens (2015).
The Scream Queens that appear in season 1 are Abigail Breslin, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Emma Roberts. Jamie Lee was once known as the "professional victim" thanks to her iconic roles in 80s horror classics. Ryan Murphy's initial plan was to cast an iconic Scream Queen in each consecutive season (hence the title) and wanted Sarah Michelle Gellar In season 2, but she turned down the role as she had retired to focus on raising her family. Sigourney Weaver was his next choice but she was unavailable and then settled for Kirstie Alley as the next Scream Queen instead, who is best known for her role in Village of the Damned (1995).
In the scene where Chad (Glen Powell) and Boone (Nick Jonas) are talking about making a movie about a popular guy dating an unpopular girl, to make her popular is a reference to the movie She's All That (1999).
The show is about a series of murders taking place 20 years after a crime. Jamie Lee Curtis, famous for her role in Halloween (1978), starred in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) which takes place 20 years after Michael Myers' original murders. The show also mirrors the first two Halloween movies by seasons. The first season revolves arond a house and neighborhood like in Halloween (1978). The second season takes place in a hospital like Halloween 2 (1982)
Emma Roberts's second filmography in which the word "Scream" is in the title. The other was Scream 4 (2011), which also concerned a small town rattled by a series of murders. This is also the third time Roberts does a project that revolves around a series of killings. The first being Scream 4 (2011) and the second American Horror Story (2011).
The sorority's acronym, KKT, is the same acronym used for the sorority the murdered girl from season one in How to Get Away with Murder (2014) belonged to. However, in Scream Queens (2015), KKT stands for Kappa Kappa Tau while in How To Get Away With Murder, it stands for Kappa Kappa Theta.
Oliver Hudson (Wes Gardener) had previously starred as Kyle Autry in Black Christmas (2006), in which a sorority house is terrorized by a brother and sister killer duo with a sordid childhood connection to the sorority in question and a sanitarium.
Abigail Breslin was 19 when filming, making her the only actual teenager in the series as everyone was well into their mid and late twenties and early thirties. Much like Jamie Lee Curtis when she filmed Halloween (1978), Curtis was 19 upon production of the horror film and the only teenager on set, since her castmates were well into their twenties. A common similarity between the two actresses.
In Scream Queens: Pilot (2015), Hester, played by Lea Michele, alleges that Kappa Kappa Tau was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In reality, this would not be possible. Oxford considers sororities brothels, and thus it is unlawful for Miami University to allow any sorority houses on campus.
Jamie Lee Curtis, prior to playing Cathy Munsch, had as her iconic slasher horror heroine Laurie Strode of the Halloween (1978) franchise (also involving a masked killer brandishing a primary butcher's knife) filled the role of Dean of a school, in place of Wallace University in Scream Queens as Laurie Strode in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) served as Dean Keri Tate of her son, John's, private Californian High School Hillcrest Academy in Northern California.
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A total of four people were involved in the revenge scheme during season one. Gigi (Nasim Pedrad) was the mastermind, although she only killed a mascot to obtain the Red Devil costume. Boone (Nick Jonas) and Hester (Lea Michele) were the twins born during the party in 1995, having been raised by Gigi after her sister's suicide, which was their main motive for exacting revenge. Pete (Diego Boneta) reluctantly became involved after discovering the killers' identity. Boone committed most of the murders, with Hester and Pete only committing a handful each. However, Hester is the only murderer to survive season one.
In episode 2.3, Scream Queens: Handidates (2016), when Chad (Glen Powell) is asking Chanel (Emma Roberts) to marry him, the words the mariachi band singing in the background translate to are: "I want to be the man who controls your entire life".
In each episode (season 1), the 'Red Devil Killer' uses several iconic horror villain weapons in different episodes, including Butcher knife (Halloween (1978), Michael Myers), Chainsaw (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Leatherface),. But in some cases they just use a different weapon each episode.
Jamie Lee Curtis faces off against the first season's three central killers as a direct homage to her previous slasher horror roles in 1978 and 1980. She had first famously portrayed in debut performance Laurie Strode in Halloween (1978) and faced off against her murderous, masked brother Michael Myers. In Prom Night (1980) she had contended with her masked, murderous brother Alex Hammond and in Terror Train (1980) confronted a masked killer aboard her sorority and brother fraternity's New Years Party. The Justice Antonin Scalia mask bears striking resemblance to the Groucho Marx mask first donned by the Terror Train killer and the person behind both costumes has a personal vendetta against Jamie Lee Curtis' character.