'Scream Queens' Is 'Halloween' Meets 'Heathers,' Ryan Murphy Says at Comic-Con

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A scene from the trailer for "Scream Queens."

The cast appeared at a packed panel in Hall H to tease their new horror series.

The stars of Fox's new horror comedy anthology Scream Queens gave Comic-Con attendees plenty to, well, scream about on Sunday.

At a panel for the new series, stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma RobertsLea Michele, Skyler Samuels, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Billie Lourde were joined by co-creator Ryan Murphy, who teased the new series as "Halloween meets Heathers."

The mention of the former elicited big screams from the crowd for Halloween star Curtis, who was attending Comic-Con for the first time. To the joy of the crowd, Curtis said she will pay tribute to her breakthrough role on Scream Queens. "In episode two, there is a wordless homage that I threw in that was me tipping my hat to all you Laurie Strode lovers," she said.

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Murphy said there would be shades of Laurie in Curtis' Scream Queens character, Dean Cathy Munsch. "Yes, if you're going to hire Jamie Lee Curtis, you want to see her kicking ass and fighting back and doing all of those things that you loved her doing, so we're writing a scene right now where she's fighting three killers," said Murphy. "I come at the stuff from a real fanboy place."

Murphy also teased a sex scene between Curtis and an 18-year-old. "I wanted to see something irreverent and fun and her being powerful and large and in charge, so that’s what we did," he said.

As for the killer who runs rampant in the first season, Murphy said the actors do not yet know who the villain is. Instead, he revealed that on the first episodes of the show, the actors were instructed to do one take where their character is the killer. "So every actor had to get into that mind-set," he said.

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"You definitely meet the killer in that premiere, and I think if you go back at the end and watch that premiere, it's very clear," added Murphy.

Looking beyond the first season, Murphy said that Scream Queens is "similar but different" as an anthology series compared to American Horror Story. "On Scream Queens, there are survivors who go on to a different location, but the characters that you have grown to hopefully love will continue," said Murphy. "People will live and people will die. I'm already getting many, many bribes."

Scream Queens premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. on Fox.

This story was originally published in The Hollywood Reporter.


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