The story tells of a small town that is very much bothered by a very strange and weird man living in a visually haunted house. One day the mayor decides to go with a couple of people from ... See full summary »
Anthology movie by, and starring, Michael Jackson in his prime, combining a number of music videos from his bestselling "Bad" album with a fantasy tale of Michael's confrontation with a ruthless drug dealer known as Mr. Big (Joe Pesci).
For over four decades Michael Jackson has been entertaining the world. From his many #1 smash hits to his incredible short films that dominated MTV, Michael is one of the greatest ... See full summary »
Michael Jackson and his date are watching a movie. They leave, and take a shortcut through the graveyard on the way home. Michael turns into a werepanther-type creature, and then later a zombie, as he gets down and funky in a tremendous dance scene to the tune of his song "Thriller." Written by
John Landis made the film because he saw it as a great opportunity to bring back the theatrical short: "I saw it as a chance to resurrect a genre that had once been a Hollywood staple. Music videos were new in 1983, and MTV was just two years old." See more »
In one scene, Michael's right "cat's eye" contact lens is askew and not in straight. See more »
[a car slows down and stops near a forest. Its passengers, Michael and his girl, stare at each other]
Honestly, we're out of gas!
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At the end of the closing credits, a disclaimer appears: "Any similarity to actual events or characters living, dead, (or undead) is purely coincidental." This same disclaimer was seen in John Landis's film An American Werewolf in London (1981). See more »
John Landis truly outdid himself when he directed Michael Jackson's THRILLER as a short film. Of course, it's corny, the dialogue is terrible and it all seems way too cheesy, but it's perfect none-the-less.
Michael and his date are out at the cinema to view the latest horror flick. When it all gets a little too graphic for the date, she leaves. Michael follows. On the way home, they decide to take a shortcut through the local graveyard. There, it begins.
The actual thriller dance is amazing. It's full of those trademark Jackson moves, as well as some memorable zombie moves, too. It doesn't appear rushed at all, nor too long. The whole thing seems movie-like and it really is actually rather scary. Of course, it's one of the most famous music videos of all time, and is probably the greatest music video ever made as well.
Overall: Watch it, seriously. Those 13 minutes will be some of the best ever spent staring at a screen. (5/5)
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