When it debuted on March 31, 1989, "Heathers" proved to be a box-office disappointment, failing to earn back even half of its $3 million budget. Twenty-five years later, it's a bona fide cult hit, with lines like "F*** me gently with a chainsaw" and "What is your damage?" a permanent part of pop culture.
Dozens of high-school comedies owe their existence to "Heathers," most notably "Mean Girls" (directed by Mark Waters, brother of "Heathers" scribe, Daniel Waters.)
A planned TV series failed to materialize, but a "Heathers" musical debuted in 2010 (awesomely, "Veronica Mars" star Kristen Bell did a reading), and an Off-Broadway production opens on March 31, exactly 25 years after the film first hit theaters.
We've followed the ups and downs of Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty's careers over the years, but not all of the cast is still acting and, sadly, some were hit by tragedy as macabre as anything in the movie itself.
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