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.”
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