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Released 1988
Distributor New World Pictures

The original Mean Girls, this acerbic black comedy from director and TFH guru Michael Lehmann gave the complacent moviegoers of 1988 a much-needed hot foot. Winona Ryder stars as the only member of a four-girl clique who is not named “Heather” and whose ruthless clannishness just might be taking a murderous turn. Co-star Christian Slater does his best Jack Nicholson impression as the kind of bad boy girls love to love. As is usually the case with such nervy material, Heathers did poorly at the box office but over the years has gained considerable stature as a cult film of the first order.

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About Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kusama wrote and directed her first feature film, Girlfight in 1999. Since then she has directed the science-fiction love story Aeon Flux, and the comedy-horror film Jennifer’s Body. She lives in Los Angeles.