Over the course of two seasons, Scream Queens gathered unknown actresses who vied for an unprecedented prize - a break-out role in two films from Lionsgate Saw horror franchise - Saw VI (Season 1) and Saw 3D (Season 2). With the Saw franchise nearing 700 million dollars in worldwide revenue, this competition gave these women a chance at stardom on an infinite stage.
Season One winner Tanedra Howard was featured in the coveted and iconic "opening trap" scene in Saw VI, playing the character "Simone".
Throughout the series, the contestants competed in a series of exacting challenges designed to prove they had the smarts, talent, and strength to succeed. From working with bugs, gore, and stunts to acting across from A-list talent, the girls were put through an intense horror-acting boot camp. The winning actress had to prove to the panel of judges that she had the talent, the looks, and especially the lungs to be a true "Scream Queen".
The contestants were schooled and judged by a team of professionals:
John Homa (Season 1 + 2), Hollywood's toughest acting coach, employed his ass-kicking style to force the women to fight their inner demons before they fought their on-screen demons.
Jaime King (Season 2), former model-turned-actress and horror film alum (My Bloody Valentine and The Tripper), served as a mentor to the actresses throughout the process.
Tim Sullivan (Season 2), director of 2001 Maniacs and Driftwood, directed the contestants' performances.
James Gunn (Season 1), writer/director/producer of such horror films as Dawn Of The Dead and Slither, directed the girls during the show's many acting challenges.
Shawnee Smith (Season 1), star of the Saw franchise, mentored the girls from the perspective of a real Scream Queen.
Over the course of eight hour-long episodes, those skilled and sexy enough to command the screen survived. Those who didn't "got the axe" until only one strong, seductive, and stellar actress remained, earning the break-out role in Saw VI / Saw 3D and the title of SCREAM QUEEN.