Watching Heavenly Creatures Tonight

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve watched this movie. I watched in it High School, probably a little after it came out, on HBO or something along those lines. I remember it so clearly though, which is weird. The first time, I caught just the ending, and was like completely in shock. Then I had to wait until it was on again, and it just blew me away. The way they created their own shared fantasy world, the murder, all of that stuff (and the intensity of the acting) just thrilled my little brain. It actually influenced quite a few of my short stories (and a novel I’d been working on off and on again called Many Deaths of Mary Jane). And yet, I only watched it that one time, fifteen years ago. And that’s how long and strangely it stuck with me, influenced me, made me do things perhaps differently than I would have before.

Now, I’m going to go in again and to see if it still holds up mentally all of these years. I also get to see if I remember everything right, which should be interesting in itself. I find a lot of times I remember things wrong, but in doing so I get more creative and more interesting results in my own stories because of my misremembrance.  Anyway, I’ll probably talk about that here later.

The visual arts that influenced my writing (movies/tv) the most are:

  • Twin Peaks (tv show and movie)
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Lost Highways
  • Throne of Blood
  • Jan Svankmajer’s Alice

There’s probably more, but that’s all I can think of for now…


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