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Heathers Week: How Heathers Shaped the Landscape of Dark Comedies for Years to Come

Dark comedy and horror go hand in hand. It’s not uncommon for a horror film to have a biting wit about it, and let’s be frank, if a comedy is earning its laughs by killing off its characters, it’s got one foot in the horror scene to begin with. The discomfort that can run through comedy and horror is an element that works well in both genres, so it’s really no surprise that the two run together so easily.

When we look at Heathers, we see a milestone in dark comedy and in stories about high school. Michael Lehmann and Daniel Waters weren't afraid to take on the messy relationships that exist between teenagers: the way the best friend and the worst enemy can be one and the same, they way teens communicate with one another and with the world around them, and the fact that regardless of generation,

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