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A 'Heathers' sequel with Meryl Streep? How Winona Ryder almost made it happen

At the end of Heathers, the 1989 black comedy about homicidal teenagers and figurative chainsaw intercourse, Veronica (Winona Ryder) makes herself the school’s new alpha dog and chats with neck-braced Martha Dumptruck (Carrie Lynn) as the screen fades to black.

But if Ryder had her way, that wouldn’t be the last we saw of Veronica. READ FULL STORY

'Heathers': An oral history

“Do you think there’s ever been another movie like Heathers?” Winona Ryder asks in her tiny, forever-a-kid voice, and then listens quietly. She’s genuinely curious. Your brain races through the obvious choices. Mean Girls, Clueless, Jawbreaker—teen-girl comedies with a drop of caustic in their lip gloss. But in 25 years, no high school movie has ever come close to the bloodthirsty wit and sweet-faced nihilism of Heathers, the 1989 satire about an Ohio high school where suicide becomes a scrunchie-level fad. “I looove this movie—to the point where I talk about it like I’m not even in it,” says Ryder. “If it’s on TV, I watch it. I’ve probably seen it 50 times. Like, I can do it by heart.”

She isn’t the only one who feels that way; fans have turned the box office flop (total gross: $1.1 million) into a cult hit on home video and TV—and even into a tongue-in-cheek musical, now playing Off Broadway. But long before that, a 24-year-old video-store clerk named Daniel Waters had a ­brilliantly ludicrous idea: “What if Stanley Kubrick made a teen film?” READ FULL STORY

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