A beautifully dark teen black-comedy, Michael Lehmann’s Heathers still packs a sarcastic punch thirty years after it was first released. Daniel Waters’ warped script is molasses black and Winona Ryder and Christian Slater (doing his best Jack Nicholson impersonation) deliver wonderfully on-point performances as the young couple who kick-start a suicide craze in their high school after they murder its most popular students.
Off-kilter visuals and a discombobulating score help deliver an uneasy dream-like quality which added to Waters’ warped script ensure that this is rightfully heralded as a cult classic. The 1988 film’s unique tone saw both Lehmann and Waters snapped up into the Hollywood machine and duo would go on to work on the woefully misjudged Bruce Wills starrer Hudson Hawk (no irony), while Waters would also co-write Tim Burton’s equally twisted Batman Returns.
Arrow DVD delivers above and beyond with this exceptional 30th anniversary release of Heathers. Every aspect of the film’s production is covered in a whole new bunch of extras along with a commentary with director Michael Lehmann, producer Denise Di Novi and writer Daniel Waters. Brilliant!