Christian Slater’s Best Onscreen Performances

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Truly coming off like a devilish, young Jack Nicholson, Christian Slater stars as a villain you really don’t hate all that much at first in the 1989 black comedy “Heathers.” Slater is immensely watchable as the rebellious J.D., who doesn’t give an inch to the bullies of his high school, even going so far as bringing a gun to school and firing blanks at them. Wanting to detach herself from the boring popular crowd, Veronica (Winona Ryder) falls for J.D. hard. 

Veronica soon learns that J.D. doesn’t just stand up to bullies and the popular kids: he murders them. To cover his tracks, J.D. makes his murders look like suicides, leading all the various dead to be held up as martyrs. Not able to stand the killing anymore, Veronica breaks things off with J.D., but is forced to step in when she learns he has a plan to kill everyone in school. 

Made a decade before the horrific massacre at Columbine, “Heathers” can’t help but come off even darker today than it did when it was released. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say that a particular film or TV show couldn’t be made today, and there’s some truth to it usually in varying degrees. But the notion that a studio would greenlight “Heathers” today is absolutely unthinkable.

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline​ at​ 1-800-273-TALK (8255)​.

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