Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1988. New World Pictures, Cinemarque Entertainment. Screenplay by Daniel Waters.Cinematography by Francis Kenny.Produced by Denise Di Novi. Music by David Newman. Production Design by Jon Hutman. Costume Design by Rudy Dillon. Film Editing by Norman Hollyn.
Cult favourite that still manages to delight all ages, and also provides Winona Ryder with a devoted little following of her own. She plays an earnest high school student who hangs around with the three most popular girls in high school, each of whom is beautiful and named Heather. When Ryder meets bad boy Christian Slater, he leads her down a path of unrighteousness that inspires her to take out her revenge on all three girls who seem like her friends but are really her oppressors. Initially planning on hurting them, she is surprised to discover that Slater’s interference has turned her actions into murder disguised as teen suicide. Screenwriter Daniel Waters has written a terrific comedy of the blackest sort, one that does a hilarious send-up of the media’s late-eighties obsession with teen suicide. The performances are all deliciously droll and the direction superb.