Don’t be fooled by the subway ads or the fact that it now joins Legally Blonde in the ranks of movies-turned-to-Broadway musicals. Heathers is a cult hit for a reason: When it first came out in 1988, Daniel Waters’ pitch–black comedy took high school nastiness to unprecedented new levels, making brilliant satire of Hollywood’s tendency to portray teenagers as fickle monsters. An endearingly cynical 16-year-old Winona Ryder ushers in a tsunamic wave of ’90s nihilism as Veronica Sawyer, a fledgling “Heather” hellbent on taking down the eponymous clique, and, with the aid of psychopathic boyfriend Christian Slater, she’ll stop at nothing short of mass murder. Pay tribute to the original movie, showing tonight on the SummerScreen. Arrive early for a musical performance by Sean Lennon’s band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, as well as food and beer trucks galore. So what’s your damage?
Wed., July 30, 6 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 23, 2014