5 high school revenge films that portray hell as a teenage girl

5 high school revenge films that portray hell as a teenage girl ...

They go down the school hallway in slow motion, perfect outfits, hair falling in the draft. No one crosses them, because crossing them would result in certain death or worse, death of social status. Everyone hates them. Everyone wants to be them.

Each generation has a film dedicated to the beautiful mean girls of high school. They have more bite than in cozy comedies or nostalgia-fueled coming-of-age movies, and often, the girls are out for blood, whether it be social sabotage or literal murder.

This subgenre has a wonderful time with the popular aesthetic conventions of teenage girlhood, especially when it comes to fashion choices. They combine iconic fashion and specific visual palettes that play with the popular aesthetic conventions of their respective time periods. They add an edge and a harshness to elements often associated with diminutive girlhood, be it bold lipstick, pink mini skirts, or red scrunchies.

The most devastating and devastating relationships these girls have with each other are their saving grace and their ultimate loss, and that thread threads the more over-the-top elements with grounded relatability Demon-posesed best friends who eat boys arent exactly common, but toxic best friends who put others down to climb over them are.

Do Revenge, a Netflix remake of pastel-swathed costumes, is a worthy entry into the genre. In honor of these black comedy films that are willing to expose the darker side of high school popularity, weve curated some timeless classics from the canon of ruthless teenage girls.

Heathers (1988)

Heathers, the film that started it all, was a box-office hit. Despite not even paying for it, it became a cult classic. (Hello, John Hughes.) And while that may have been controversial, a Winona Ryders agent urged her not to take the role she envisioned for domestic audiences.

Heathers is following Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder), the fourth member of the Heathers' vicious mean-girl group. After the Heathers' leader turns on Veronica, she and J.D. devise a strategy. Soon, Veronica discovers herself concealing a string of bodies and disguised as suicides.

Heathers is a well-known film because she is the only one on our list that has a male character play a significant role in the cliques' downfall, and she extends a hand to her former friend Martha and the more sympathetic Heather.

Heathers is now available for streaming on Tubi and Prime Video.

The Craft (1996)

The Craft is a supernatural horror film, not a dark comedy, and technically, it isnt about popular girls as much as it is about mean girls (dont worry, well get to Mean Girls in a bit). However, its worth mentioning because of the way the element of a teenage girl plays out.

The Craft follows a group of teenage witches who learn powerful magic in order to retaliate against those who have wronged them and live happily ever after. That magic eventually causes their friendship group to fracture and splinter, and their group to eat itself alive. Like many of the other examples on this list, it's a group of four girls three who already know each other, and a new interloper who disrupts already established structures.

What about the iconic and distinct visual palette? Heathers' Catholic school uniforms, mixed with some trad Goth elements, are nice to have an entry that accepted counterculture influences.

The Craft is now available on Paramount Plus for streaming.

Jawbreaker (1999)

If the other Heathers accidentally killed their Queen Bee, they'll have to hide their involvement in Liz Purrs' death. Rose McGowan plays a shady girl who bribes dorky Fern (Judy Greer) into giving her a drastic makeover, even inducting her into the popular group. Julie (Rebecca Gayheart) falls out of favor with the other Heathers.

Jawbreakers' visual palette is bold and over-the-top, complementing Courtney's outrageous actions in order to maintain her status as the most popular girl in the school (and blame Liz's death on someone else). Meanwhile, Julie devises a scheme to expose Courtney's involvement to the whole school on prom night. (Big school dances are another recurring theme in these movies

Jawbreaker is available for rent on Prime Video and YouTube.

Mean Girls (2004)

Mean Girls does not have a fatality rate, although it does make it less brutal. Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) discovers herself caught in the most popular school clique The Plastics, led by Regina George (Rachel McAdams), and they devise a plot for Cady to infiltrate the group and destroy Regina. But the more time Cady spends with Regina, the more she develops into a certifiable mean girl.

Mean Girls' complex revenge plot, sleight of hand, and brutal verbal insults (as well as Regina's being hit by a bus) all fit into this list, as do the filmmakers, who nod to pioneering styles like the plaid 80s skirt she wears in the Heathers' era, or to the scene where she plant photocopied pages of the Burn Book on empty hallways at the school (a similar scene happens in Jawbreaker).

Mean Girls is now available on Netflix.

Jennifers Body (2009)

Be it Fern's obsession with Liz Purr or Cadys obsession with Regina George, Jennifers Body embraces the inherent homoeroticism of being obsessed with the most popular and beautiful girl in school or, in this case, of having the hottest girl in love with you.

Needy (Amanda Seyfried) and popular Jennifer (Megan Fox) may have little in common on the surface, but they are the best of friends. One night, a skeevy indie band kidnaps Jennifer and uses her as a sacrifice for a demonic ritual, but it doesnt quite work, and Jennifer wakes up with a hunger for flesh.

Jennifer's already tense relationship with Needy begins to unravel, and she's reluctant to give up. Needy is the only person for whom Jennifer resists her desire to kill, but also the person her most determined desire to destroy.

Jennifers Body is now available for streaming on Prime Video.

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