Heathers is coming back to UK cinemas

The iconic black comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater is heading back to UK cinemas this August. Be reminded of this 1988 film’s pitch black cynicism with the restored version’s new trailer

Video by Jamie Dunn | 13 Jun 2018

John Hughes' clean-cut teen movies like Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller's Day Off dominated the 1980s, but all the cool kids preferred Heathers. Michael Lehmann’s nihilistic tale of alienation and murder was a much more appropriate mirror to the ‘greed is good decade’ than Hughes’ touchy-feely romances or knockabout comedies. The 1988 film made icons out of Winona Ryder and Christian Slater as disenfranchised teens who go on a murder spree, offing the most popular kids at their school.

The screenplay by Daniel Waters is littered with spiky dialogue and still potent zingers (“Fuck me gently with a chainsaw” etc), while the stylish, dreamlike direction by Lehmann, making his feature film debut, makes it feel like we’re watching a macabre fairytale.

To mark its 30th anniversary, Heathers will return to selected cinemas this August in a new 4K restoration, which will also become available on demand later that month. The release also has a new trailer too. Have a look in the player above (or on YouTube), and get set to relive the darkness of high school with this cynical teen classic.

Heathers' 30th Anniversary 4K Restoration is released in UK cinemas from 8 Aug, and on digital and on demand from 20 Aug by Arrow Films