Heathers 20th anniversary DVD (I’m OOOOLLLLLDDDDD!) is out. I bought it but I’m afraid to watch it in case I hate it now…
Waters’ other issue is the cult of teen suicide, a trend distorted by the media into something glamorous. “Loser” students magically become teen celebrities in death, motivating other confused and depressed kids into killing themselves as well. Veronica and J.D. are shocked when their victims become even more popular, their personalities distorted by eulogies and TV coverage.
Once again, a young screenwriter makes his mark by setting his cultural clock a few minutes into the future — the “unthinkable” violence of Heathers would soon become a horrible reality at High Schools and colleges. One can’t watch J.D. threaten two abusive jocks with a gun he’s smuggled into school, and not think of the impression that Heathers might make on media-damaged young minds. I’m sure I entertained similar violent fantasies against my grade-school enemies, but societal restraints stopped me from even “thinking” them as real possibilities.