Heathers was based loosely on real life!!! Worthington, Ohio is known as a very conservative and preppy but altogether a nice surburbian town. It was always rumored that Heathers was based on that town and that something like it might have happened at Thomas Worthington High School. It turns out the rumors were true! The Writer went there, but was so picked on that he was moved to the "Alternative" High School (full of artsy, musically gifted students). Jen wrote in to say "Two college friends of mine went to the alternative school, while my roommate went to Worthington. What she described was exactly like the school in Heathers. High school girls and boys created "fraternities" and "sororities" (I saw pictures of them with their "made up" greek letter shirts). Anyone who was a girl that was "cool" was called a "sosh" as in sociable. Their "cool" boyfriends were called the "anti soshes". What a screwed up place."
Contributed by: Philip Martin
Although this film made Christian Slater
a star, it barely grossed a million dollars at the box office in the U.S.
Contributed by: Jason Edwards
In the section about the color red, below, everything is exactly as it should be. In addition to that, the Green that is worn by Heather Duke is in reference to her jealousy of Heather Chandler. The Yellow worn by Heather McNamarra represents her cowardace in not standing up to Heather Chandler. The blue that Veronica Sawyer wears shows her misery, in the situation she is in. This movie has messages in messages.
Contributed by: Lots Of People!
Kim Walker, one of the Heathers, died March 6, 2001 from a brain tumor. She was 32 years old. Ironically one of her lines in the movie was asking Heather Duke if she had a brain tumor for breakfast.
Friends Veronica Sawyer and Betty Finn are named after other fictional friends Veronica and Betty from the comic strip "Archie", and Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
The script for Heathers would appear to be loosely based on a play by Bertold Brecht, The Good Woman of Schezwan.
J.D. tricks Veronica into killing the jocks by claiming to use "ich luge" bullets which he claims only pierce the skin. "Ich luge" is German for "I'm lying".
The police officers are named Milner and McCord, after Kent McCord and Martin Milner, who played police officers in "Adam 12" (1968).
Heathers is also known under the working titles "Lethal Attraction", "Westerburg High", and "Fatal Game"
Sarah Michelle Gellar from Buffy the Vampire Slayer claims that Heathers is her favorite film and knows every word of it by heart.
Contributed by: Jeanette Villa
The DJ that one of the Heather's calls up on the late night radio show is Jim "Poorman" Trenton, who was a former DJ on KROQ 106.7 FM in Los Angeles, CA.
Heathers won the 1989 Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Screenplay and the 1990 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature (Michael Lehmann).
was on the TV show "Our House" (1986-88) before she made this movie. It starred Wilford Brimley, Deidre Hall, and Chad Allen
Contributed by: Perfectionist
The X-Files Episode 61 titled "Syzygy" is about a pair of high school girls who eliminate their high school foes. It is "rumored" to be based on Heathers.
The line from Veronica: "Dear Diary, it's God versus my boyfriend, and God is losing." was included in the movies original trailer, but cut from the film.
Movieline magazine, March 1993, Winona's performance is number four on their "Top Ten Performances By Actors in the Last Five Years".
Speaking of Betty Finn, the actress who portrayed her is none other than Renee Estevez, Martin Sheen's daughter and sister to Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez.
Contributed by: rdnkgrl74
played a total jerk in the film as one of the jocks.....but one of his longest running roles was from 77-81 as Andrew Garvey on Little House on The Prairie. He also made an uncredited appearance in Blazing Saddles.
Another little known fact: in the scene in the gym locker room, during which Heather Duke may actually be digesting food, we get a peek into Heather Chandler's locker. Among the magazines in it is an issue of Cosmo dated November 1979. Heather would hardly have a nine year old fashion mag in her locker. Why is it there? November 1978 is when the infamous cult leader Jim Jones convinced his followers to commit mass suicide in Guyana.
Contributed by: TimothyBowen
The movie Heathers seems to be heavily influenced by the movie Massacre at Central High (1976).
The plot as listed on the IMDB for Massacre goes "A high school transfer student, pushed to the edge by a trio of brutal bullies, resorts to murder to reclaim the school from oppression, and later turns against the students wanting to fill the vacuum of their oppressors."
What happens to the character of JD at the end in Heathers is exactly the same as what happens to the similar character of David in Massacre.
"Peter Dawson" played by Jeremy Applegate committed suicide (shot gun) in March 2000.
The book at the bottom of Heather Chandler's locker is "The Castrated Family" (one of those how-to books about dysfunctional families and ways of dealing with them) by Harold M. Voth.
Contributed by: Christina
Notice the clever set dressing job in the post strip croquet scene. As the camera pans, a croquet mallet and two balls are positioned in a decidedly phallic still life. I suppose that the subtle book titles weren't the only tee-hee touch for the set dressers.
Did anybody notice that the same kitchen that was used in Heather Chandler's house was also used in the dream sequence with Veronica and JD in Heather Dukes house?
When Aaron Spelling was casting characters for his show 'Beverly Hills 90210', he hadn't cast anyone for the part of Brenda Walsh. Luckily, Tori Spelling saw Heathers a few days back and made her dad get a copy of it. Aaron liked what he saw and had Shannen on the set the next day!.
The movies 'Teaching Mrs. Tingle' and 'Jawbreaker' were Heathers-inspired dark comedies.
Contributed by: Ian Deaton
J.D. in the film is supposed to allude to both James Dean since he's a "cool mysterious teenager" and J.D. as in J.D. Salinger the author of Catcher In the Rye.
Contributed by: Ari Silver / Will Fitzpatrick
The highschool is named "Westerberg High". Winona Ryder's favorite band of the time was "the Replacements", whose lead singer is named Paul Westerberg. Furthermore, the line "color me impressed" is the title of a Replacements song from their second full-length album 'Hootenanny!'.
Contributed by: Jodie Ciancio
I have an interesting observation about the movie. The color red seems to play a major role in 'Heathers'. Red is a color of passion, energy and power. It can also be a color for seduction. Throughout the whole movie red symbolizes different aspects of the Heathers. Veroncia is not seen wearing red until the very end of the movie when she takes the red bow out of Heather Duke's hair.
Red is the theme for Heather Chandlers room, Heather Chandler always wears a red bow or something red, red is the color of their lockers, the color of the croquet ball that only the head Heather can use. (When Heather Chandler goes to Veronica's house to play croquet she gets mad when someone is using the red ball and takes it away and says she is always red. Then, after she dies, Heather Duke goes over to play and she says she is red now) She uses red in her clothes, the bow she wears in her hair and she goes into Heather Chandler's locker and takes out something red. Red seems to be a theme in the movie other than just being an attractive vibrant color. I think red here is a symbol for power and popularity. Whoever is the bearer of red, is the one in charge and makes the decisions that everyone else has to follow. It is the leader's trademark and something to be taken very seriously by the students at Westerburg High. At the very end Veronica snatches the red bow out of Heather Duke's hair and gives her a kiss on the face to let her know who is in charge now. It is an end to the reign of the Heathers as twisted and amusing as it was, now it is Veronica's territory.
There are creepy parallels between "Heathers" & "Columbine": firing bullets in a high school cafeteria, building a bomb to set off in the school, black trench coats, being an outsider who's called a faggot by the jocks (J.D. in the film, Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold at Columbine) and the perpetrator of violence killing himself (J.D. in the film & Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold at Columbine).