Heathers is released again

Two of Heathers’ stars, Winona Ryder and Christian Slater (right), went on to become leading lights in Hollywood.
Two of Heathers’ stars, Winona Ryder and Christian Slater (right), went on to become leading lights in Hollywood. PHOTO: NEW WORLD PICTURES

LONDON • When the dark comedy Heathers (1988) was released three decades ago, it did not become a mainstream success, but the movie about four teenage girls at an American high school achieved something cooler - it became a cult classic.

Now, it is being re-released and although it is set in an era before mobile phones and the Internet, director Michael Lehmann said its themes remain up to date.

"I think that's because questions about teenage life, violence, bullying in high school - these are still in the forefront of the discussion. The movie feels relevant now," he said.

"Today's teenagers... are going to be amused by the styles and the fashions of the 1980s and the sort of sensibility of that earlier age," he said, adding that he was not initially aiming to make a box-office smash.

Heathers tells the story of a clique of wealthy girls, three of whom are called Heather, whose teenage antics have fatal consequences.

"The vibe on the set was incredible, all the people working on it. We all really got it and were happy to be there," said Lisanne Falk, who played Heather McNamara in the movie.

Two of the movie's stars, Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, went on to become leading lights in Hollywood and the film has also given rise to a musical of the same name.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 11, 2018, with the headline 'Heathers is released again'. Print Edition | Subscribe