My family's weekly dinner and a movie over the last three years has covered off many a classic, and by classic, I mean something I watched that I want to share with my younger family members. A 20 year age gap separates us so some of the movies are new to them and some are in the zeitgeist. One of the movies we watched is still very much present. Heathers (1988).
Directed by Michael Lehmann, who also directed Hudson Hawk and is now helming a lot of peak tv, and written by Daniel Waters, who worked with Lehmann again on Hudson Hawk and also wrote the screenplay for Tim Burton's Batman Returns, this cult classic is definitely dark. I had forgotten how dark and absurd teenage movies from the 1980s could get. There were gasps and mutterings of disbelief from the room. The family had not experienced storytelling that was not clearly signalling the next emotional beat and they had to sit with it for a bit once the movie ended.
As for me, I loved it. Winona Ryder and Christian Slater are just brilliant in it. The subject matter is still relevant and I know there was a stage musical and there is also a TV show that is a remake airing this year, but I do not think either of them could shake a mullet at the original.