25 fun facts you didn’t know about your favorite teen movies

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Heathers Freak deaths eerily mirrored film’s deaths

Heathers is not a lighthearted, fun comedy like most of the other films on this list. This dark comedy is about Veronica (Winona Ryder), who finds herself caught up with the school’s new bad boy J.D. (Christian Slater).

The two not-so-accidentally kill Veronica’s best friend Heather, queen of her clique (her other friends are also named Heather). The couple covers it up to appear as a suicide, which takes the school by storm. J.D. starts getting a little too trigger happy (literally) and Veronica gets in over her head as their body count gets higher.

In a sad turn of events, two of the stars of the movies ended up dying at a young age. But what’s really freaky is how they died. Both of their deaths mirrored events from the movie.

Kim Walker, who plays the Head Heather, asks at one point “Did you have a brain tumor for breakfast?” She ended up dying of a brain tumor on March 6, 2001. Similarly, Jeremy Applegate, who plays Peter Dawson, says at one point in the film that he hopes he never commits suicide. He shot himself on March 23, 2000.

On a less depressing note, there’s actually some fun wordplay within the film that’s worth noting. When J.D. tricks Veronica into shooting the jocks, he tells her they’re using “ich luge bullets” that he claims aren’t lethal but will only pierce the skin. Translated into English “ich luge” is German for “I’m lying.”

Interestingly, Veronica Sawyer and her old friend Betty Finn’s names are meant to represent other fictional friends. Their first names, Veronica and Betty, are inspired by the besties from Archie Comics. Their surnames, Sawyer and Finn, are in reference to Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.