“Another F**king Heather”
Okay, not a film that would fall under the supernatural genre, but it does have some elements of horror. And it’s a bloody good movie. It falls into my top 20 favourite films.
I can’t remember how I first came across this black comedy. Most likely I watched Heathers on the sly in a cousins’ house when I was a kid without my parents’ knowledge. Good times.
Winona Ryder (Veronica) belongs to the most popular clique at school along with three other girls, all named Heather. Lead Heather likes to bully the less fortunate students and Veronica goes along with it even if her heart isn’t in it. New boy at school, the cool and enigmatic J.D. (Christian Slater), fancies Veronica, but isn’t too keen on the people she hangs with.
They begin a courtship that involves passion, murder and staged suicides. Ah – young love. As the body count starts to rise, Veronica becomes increasingly concerned. Maybe J.D. isn’t the hot, cool guy she thought he was. Maybe he’s just a psycho who’s going to kill her when she no longer feels like playing his weird games.
I love the teenage speak in Heathers, which I think inspired some of the dialogue in Buffy. “What is your damage?” and “Jealous Much?” are just a couple of the gems I used to enjoy saying in an American accent back in my teen days. I think Cordelia Chase (from Buffy) channelled Lead Heather a lot.
Heathers is fun and deliciously wicked, twisted in the most entertaining way. Christian Slater and Winona Ryder are at their best here. For backup, they have Shannon Doherty, who is suitably bitchy. Heathers laughs in the face of Mean Girls. The 80’s movie is funny, daring, boasts a great cast, and the chemistry between Slater and Ryder sizzles. *****
Rent it tonight if you haven’t seen it in a while.
“Teenage suicide; don’t do it!” (Can’t get the song out of my head)
Who has seen Heathers? What are your Favourite 80’s Movies?