Heathers, 1989

Director

Michael Lehmann

Cast

visit the film locations

Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Visit: Huntington Library and Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, east of Pasadena


Trivia

Verdugo Hills High School regularly hosts filming: see it in River’s Edge, with Keanu Reeves, 187 with Samuel L Jackson, The Craft and high school spoof Not Another Teen Movie

In Tujunga you'll also find the home of Elliot from E.T.

Heathers location: Osaka Sangyo University of Los Angeles, Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Studio City, San Fernando Valley

Heathers location: ‘Westerburg High’: Osaka Sangyo University of Los Angeles, Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Studio City, San Fernando Valley

Teenage fantasies of revenge on the revolting, snobby ‘Heathers’ and the macho jocks are cranked up to murderous heights when mean‘n’moody crackpot JD (Christian Slater) moves into the high school of Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder).

This superb black comedy would have been even blacker had the original ending been kept.

Set in ‘Sherwood, Ohio’, ‘Westerburg High’ is a conflation of several schools, but the main location was the old Corvalis High School, Studio City in the San Fernando Valley. The school closed in 1987, and it's now Osaka Sangyo University of Los Angeles, 3921 Laurel Canyon Boulevard at Maxwellton Road about half a mile from Ventura Boulevard.

The funerals of the victims (“I love my dead, gay son...”) are held at the Church of the Angels, 1100 Avenue 64 in Pasadena. A screen veteran, the church was the site of the wedding of Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy in 2003 comedy Just Married, and has appeared in countless TV shows.

Heathers location: Church of the Angels, 1100 Ave 64, Pasadena

Heathers location: the funerals: Church of the Angels, 1100 Ave 64, Pasadena

The gym is Verdugo Hills High School, 10625 Plainview Avenue, Tujunga, seen in many other movies, including The Craft, 187 and River’s Edge.

Heathers location: John Adams Middle School, 16th Street, Santa Monica, Los Angeles

Heathers location: The ending on the steps of ‘Westerburg High’: John Adams Middle School, 16th Street, Santa Monica, Los Angeles

The explosive ending takes place on the steps of the auditorium at John Adams Middle School, 2425 16th Street, Santa Monica.

The name ‘Westerburg’ is a nod to Paul Westerburg, lead singer of Winona Ryder’s fave band of the time, The Replacements.

The opening croquet match was filmed in the statue garden of the Huntington Library and Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, east of Pasadena. The house and grounds have been seen in plenty of other movies, including Indecent Proposal, American Wedding, Memoirs of a Geisha and Serenity.

The jocks’ ‘cow pushing’ takes place in a quiet corner of Griffith Park, Los Angeles.

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