Rent Heathers (1988)

3.7 of 5 from 171 ratings
1h 42min
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At Westerburg High School, an elite clique of snobby girls known as "Heathers" reign supreme. Smart and popular, Veronica (Winona Ryder) is a reluctant member of the gang and disapproves of the other girls' cruel behaviour. When Veronica and her mysterious new boyfriend, J.D. (Christian Slater), play a trick on the clique leader, Heather Chandler (Kim Walker), and accidentally poison her, they make it appear a suicide. But it soon becomes clear to Veronica that J.D. is a sociopath intent on vengefully killing the school's popular students.
She races to stop him, clashing with the clique's new leader, Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty), and leading to an explosive final confrontation with her troubled former lover.
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Denise di Novi
Daniel Waters
Fatal Game / Lethal Attraction
Cinema Club
Classics, Comedy
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Run Time:
102 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Release Date:
Run Time:
104 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0, English Dolby Digital 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English LPCM Mono, English LPCM Stereo
English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • Audio commentary by director Michael Lehmann, producer Denise Di Novi and writer Daniel Waters
  • Lehmann's Terms, a newly filmed interview with director Michael Lehmann
  • Pizzicato Croquet, composer David Newman and director Michael Lehmann discuss the music of Heathers
  • How Very: The Art and Design of Heathers, production designer Jon Hutman, art director Kara Lindstrom and director Michael Lehmann discuss the look of Heathers
  • Casting Westerburg High, casting director Julie Selzer discusses the casting process for Heathers
  • Poor Little Heather, a new interview with actress Lisanne Falk
  • Scott and Larry and Dan and Heathers, a new interview between screenwriting team Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs Larry Flynt), and Heathers screenwriter Daniel Waters
  • The Big Bowie Theory, a newly filmed appreciation by the writer, actor and comedian John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory)
  • Return to Westerburg High, an archival featurette providing further insight into the film's production
  • The Beaver Gets a Boner, Michael Lehmann's student film from 1985 made at the USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • Original Trailers

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Reviews (2) of Heathers

Black Comedy without the humour - Heathers review by JM

Spoiler Alert

This is one of the few movies I have failed to watch to the end. I expected some wit, something to pull me along, but the humour was either non-existent or left me cold, and in the first half hour the plot was very obvious but slow to develop.

Maybe it would have devloped something of interest later, but I doubt it. I gave up just when the boredom increased too far and the gratuitous bad language became too saturated. I'm not surprised this turned out to be a turkey on its original release.

I had hoped it might turn out to be like Mean Girls, a cult coming of age high school movie which (for me) turned out to be far more interesting that at first it seemed. With Heathers, it was quite the opposite.

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Review (Heathers 1989) - Heathers review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert

Heathers is a black comedy set in in a late 80’s USA high school. If you have watched any high school based film anytime within the last 30 years, chances are you may have seen the same basic plot points played out. Geeky girl gives up geeky friends to fit in with the cool girls. The only problem is the cool girls are bitchy to the new girl and despite this, the geeky girl still wants to be part of the group. Films like Mean Girls and shows like Glee relish in this plot type,

At the films outset we are introduced to Veronica (played by Winona Ryder). Veronica has shunned a geeky childhood friend to join a trio of girls who are all called Heather. This Clique of girls think they are the top of the tree and do everything to create an elite social status within High School, This ranges from playing cruel pranks on the obligatory ugly kid through to forcing Veronica to go to frat parties in return for forced sexual favours (implied not seen). Veronica, being not at all too happy about this activity forms a friendship with gun-toting new boy J.D (Christian Slater). J.D is the typical new kid, who has moved from school to school, wears a long black coat and can’t seem to fit in. He has the bad boy personality that oozes trouble, yet the the lead character, in this case Veronica, can’t seem to get enough of him.

Throughout the film J.D turns up right at the moment that Veronica needs him the most. She soon discovers that J.D is a troubled kid who actually turns out to be a psychopath with a murderous agenda against anyone he doesn’t like. J.D grooms and coerces Veronica into helping him fulfil his murderous ambitions until the final climatic scene where somehow Veronica at last becomes aware of right and wrong.

What To Look Out For…

The Music:

David Newman scored the movie and made a conscious choice not to use a traditional orchestra and instead use the available electronic instruments of the time. The result is that at times the film sounds like it has a 1980’s video game playing in the background. Otherwise the score fits well, I am not so sure a fully orchestrated score would have had the same result and may have taken away from the movie. Interestingly the 30th anniversary Blu-ray has a True HD soundtrack, that sounds like it has had no work done to it. Leaving speech muffled at times and the score sounding it’s age. It could certainly do with a decent True HD restoration not just a transfer.

The Video:

I watched Heathers on the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray. It promised a restoration of the cult classic. Sadly the only thing that looked restored is the colour scheme, with vibrant reds popping on screen. The rest of the films video image is a bit of a mess. Some scenes have picture noise, some scenes look HD, some scenes look a bit blurry. Its as if nobody paid any attention when scanning the 35mm over to the Blu-ray format.

The Shoulder Pads:

The Heathers all wear power suits with shoulder pads higher than the Eiffel Tower. Teamed with blouses that look like shirts and neck brooches that look hideous by todays’ standards. Well at least the late 80’s style had moved on from shell suits by the time this movie came out, so I guess that’s a good thing!

Is It Any Good?

Heathers is now a cult hit with a loyal following (a quick search on Facebook throws up a large collection of fan groups) any notion of Heathers being a chick flick is removed after the first few minuities of the movie. Its black comedy is evident from the opening scenes. Heathers is not afraid to highlight a variety of themes during its 1 hour 43 run time – teenage sex, teenage angst at trying to fit in, mental health issues, death of parent and the gun culture of America. Although these are serious issues, it handles these topics this with tongue firmly in cheek in darkly comedic fashion. Its the type of movie that just could not be made these days. Well worth a watch,

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