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Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983)

A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now.

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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 Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Short | Horror | Music

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2 December 1983 (USA)  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)
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John Landis: [SYNW] "See you next Wednesday" spoken by someone in the movie that Michael and Ola are watching. It's written in blood on a wall. The phrase "see you next Wednesday" also appears by the theater marquee in John Landis' film An American Werewolf in London (1981). See more »

Goofs

When Michael and his girlfriend are walking by the cemetery, in the first shot (crane shot) the spotlights illuminating the set are visible. See more »

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[a car slows down and stops near a forest. Its passengers, Michael and his girl, stare at each other]
Michael: Honestly, we're out of gas!
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Crazy Credits

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Soundtracks

Thriller
Performed by Michael Jackson
Featuring "Rap" by Vincent Price
Produced by Quincy Jones & Michael Jackson
Written by Rod Temperton
Synthesizers: Brian Banks and Greg Phillinganes (uncredited)
Trumpet: Gary Grant and Jerry Hey (uncredited)
Trombone: Bill Reichenbach (uncredited)
Sax and flute: Larry Williams (uncredited)
Mastering by Bernie Grundman (uncredited)
Recorded & Mixed by Bruce Swedien
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Literally, the greatest music video ever made.
14 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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