Heathers is one of those movies that epitomizes the definition of “dark comedy.” At once it’s a satire of teen life in the late 80s with an emphasis on the “mean girl” dynamic, then it slowly plummets into a discomforting foray on teen suicide, murder, and redemption.
A few years later the movie Scream would take some cues from Heathers in its depiction of murderous teens, but crank up the gore and veer into a full-on slasher.
Of course, The Craft would also visit similar themes but with a supernatural twist.
This year marks the United States 30th anniversary theatrical release of Heathers and on November 19 it gets a full Blu-ray steelbook makeover with exclusive illustrations by Sara Deck commissioned by Mondo.
Heathers was written by Daniel Waters (Hudson Hawk, Batman Returns) and directed by Michael Lehmann (40 Days and 40 Nights, The Truth About Cats & Dogs), the film stars Winona Ryder (Reality Bites, “Stranger Things”), Christian Slater (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, “Mr. Robot), Shannen Doherty (“Beverly Hills, 90210”) and Lisanne Falk (Say Anything, Shattered Image).
In case you’ve seen this classic, here is the synopsis:
Beautiful, popular and ruthless, the Heathers are the picture-perfect queens of the social scene at Westerburg High that everyone wants to be.
And that includes Veronica – or so she thought – until she meets JD. He’s the new bad boy in class with some extreme ideas about how to get even with the school bullies and mean girls. But is he prom date material or a dangerous psychopath?
Starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, this classic, wickedly dark comedy still rules as the greatest high school movie that isn’t afraid of a little mayhem.
Heathers – 30th Anniversary Limited Edition SteelBook releases on November 12, 2019 for an SRP of $39.98.
Blu-ray includes the following bonus features
- The Legacy of Heathers: Interview with Director Michael Lehmann, Writer Daniel Waters
- The Nice Heather: Interview with actress Lisanne Falk
- Audio Interview with Composer David Newman, Director Michael Lehmann, and Writer Daniel Waters with Isolated Score Selections
- Featurette: Return to Westerburg High
- Featurette: Swatch Dogs & The Diet Coke Heads
- Audio Commentary with Director Michael Lehmann, Producer Denise Di Novi and Writer Daniel Waters
- Trailer and much more