From 1988 comes the teen-cult movie Heathers which, as it’s the 30th anniversary, is heading back to cinemas on August the 18th and available digitally from the 20th.
It’s an interesting time to be putting a film like Heathers back in the cinema. If you’re not aware of the movie, it stars a very young Christian Slater (“True Romance”, “Mr Robot (TV)”) and an equally young Winona Ryder (“Stranger Things (TV)”, “Girl, Interrupted”).
She is the intelligent high-school kid who has dumped most of her nerdy friends trying to get in with the cool girls (the Heathers), whilst he is a sociopath whose father demolishes buildings for a living including one which had their mother in.
The pair go on a killing spree of the popular kids in school, making each death look like a suicide, thinking this will make the deceased laughing stocks whereas, in reality, it turns them into martyrs of sorts, their lives held up as beacons of hope.
As Ryder becomes increasingly questioning of Slater’s mental health, he plots the ultimate mass suicide and only she can stop him.
Daniel Waters (“Hudson Hawk”, “Batman Returns”) is the man behind the writing pad of Heathers with Michael Lehmann (“Hudson Hawk”, “American Horror Story (TV)”) behind the cameras.
Lehmann gives the whole movie a strange, ethereal look, utilising interesting shots and camera angels to make the already surreal script, feel even more so.