It was released the year I was born, but unlike a high school queen bee Heathers isn’t a movie that dies so easily. Sexy, satirical, smart and about as black as Stalin’s soul, it’s the eighties classic that changed teen movies forever.  

 

1. The ‘so very’ satire

It’s a morality tale that examines the agonising human condition known as ‘the teenage years’. Completely unapologetic in its bleak look at growing up, miscommunication between parents and their kids is taken to the extreme in a world where suicide is a throwaway action and murder is a social experiment.

If you haven’t seen it Heathers is a must-see simply so you can understand two decades worth of pop culture references: from Buffy to an entire episode of Veronica Mars riffing on it (including Jonathan Taylor Thomas doing his best J.D. impersonation).

2. Christian Slater

The hair, the eyes, the attitude, the earring and the black! SO much black *wistful sigh*. Slater’s performance is sex on a stick, so much so you find yourself pining for that perfect psychotic boy to tell you: “Our love is God, let’s go get a slushie.”

3. The fashion

Heathers…trying to make multi-coloured tights and blazers happen since 1988.

4. Winona, oh Winona

Look, Winona Ryder could steal a baby and still be a fucking queen. She has had her ups (anything in the eighties and nineties) and her downs (that court issue, The Dilemma), but when she’s on she is on like Donkey Kong. Heathers is up there with Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands for her best performance. Period. No one does the tortured waif like Winona.

5. The quips

- “What’s your damage Heather?”

- “Did you have a brain tumour for breakfast?”

- “This isn’t just a spoke in my menstrual cycle.”

- “Fuck me gently with a chainsaw.”

- “If you want to fuck with the eagles, you have to learn how to fly.”

Maria Lewis - follow Maria on Twitter here: @moviemazz

Sydney, Australia. Getting her start as a police reporter, her writing on pop culture has appeared in publications such as the New York Post, Guardian, Penthouse, The Daily Mail, Empire Magazine, Gizmodo, Huffington Post, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, i09, Junkee and many more. Previously seen as a presenter on SBS Viceland’s nightly news program The Feed and as the host of Cleverfan on ABC, she has been a journalist for over 15 years.

Her best-selling debut novel Who's Afraid? was published in 2016, followed by its sequel Who’s Afraid Too? in 2017, which was nominated for Best Horror Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2018. Who’s Afraid? is being developed for television by the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning Hoodlum Entertainment. Her Young Adult debut, It Came From The Deep, was released globally on October 31, Halloween, 2017 and is a twist on The Little Mermaid meets Creature From The Black Lagoon.

Her fourth book, The Witch Who Courted Death, was released on Halloween, 2018 and nominated for Best Fantasy Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2019. Her fifth novel set within the share supernatural universe is due for release in October, 2019.