MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 455 this week

Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983)

PG  |  Video  |   |  Short, Horror, Music  |  2 December 1983 (USA)
8.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.6/10 from 10,416 users  
Reviews: 47 user | 8 critic

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

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 34 titles
created 13 Nov 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 27 Nov 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 26 Apr 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 22 Mar 2014
 
a list of 31 titles
created 05 Jul 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Michael Jackson: Thriller (Video 1983)

Michael Jackson: Thriller (Video 1983) on IMDb 8.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Michael Jackson: Thriller.
2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

This has 10 of the greatest videos of all time by the king of pop. It has videos like Billie Jean,Thriller,Beat it and more.

Directors: Steve Barron, Bob Giraldi, and 7 more credits »
Stars: Michael Jackson, Alberto Alejandrino, Horace Bailey
Ghosts I (1997)
Short | Horror | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A Maestro is stalked by the Mayor of a small town. When he is forced to leave based on his potential, he puts on a show that the entire mob has to see.

Director: Stan Winston
Stars: Michael Jackson, Pat Dade, Amy Smallman
This Is It (2009)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

Director: Kenny Ortega
Stars: Michael Jackson, Alex Al, Alexandra Apjarova
Moonwalker (1988)
Action | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

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).

Directors: Jerry Kramer, Jim Blashfield, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Michael Jackson, Joe Pesci, Sean Lennon
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

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 »

Director: Andrew Morahan
Stars: Siedah Garrett, Michael Jackson, Darryl Phinnessee
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Directors: Nicholas Brandt, Colin Chilvers, and 9 more credits »
Stars: Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Brandon Quintin Adams
Michael Jackson: The One (TV Movie 2004)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The greatest hits of Michael Jackson.

Directors: Jim Gable, Paul Hunter
Stars: Michael Jackson, Shaula Vega, Mary J. Blige
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The music videos of Michael Jackson's Dangerous, including "Black or White," "Gone Too Soon," "Jam," "Heal the World," and more.

Directors: Billy DiCicco, David Fincher, and 8 more credits »
Stars: Michael Jackson, Naomi Campbell, Gilby Clarke
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

In this CD you will see many if the kings music dances performances ext. And expensionly is life

Directors: Steve Barron, Nicholas Brandt, and 12 more credits »
Stars: Michael Jackson, Forrest J. Ackerman, Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter
Michael Jackson: Bad (Video 1987)
Short | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Michael Jackson's music video for his song "Bad".

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Michael Jackson, Alberto Alejandrino, Paul Calderon
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Michael Jackson's music video to the song 'Remember the Time.'

Director: John Singleton
Stars: Wylie Draper, Magic Johnson, Iman
Black or White (Video 1991)
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In this video, Michael Jackson sings that it doesn't matter if you want to be his brother, it doesn't matter if you're black or white.

Director: John Landis
Stars: Michael Jackson, Macaulay Culkin, George Wendt
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Narration (voice)
...
Dancer (as Suzan Stadner)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Horror | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Michael Jackson's Thriller  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(5.1 Surround Sound) (L-R)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In one scene, Michael's right "cat's eye" contact lens is askew and not in straight. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[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!
See more »

Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, a reprised scene of the zombies dancing is shown. At the end of the credits, they all dance back into their graves, with one of them (Vincent Price) gruesomely grimacing at the screen. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild! (2008) See more »

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Michael Jackson's greatest achievement!

Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983) has to be the greatest video ever made. Dude you have Zombies, gore and a catchy tune, what more can you ask for. John Landis mixed elements from Night of the Living Dead and American Werewolf in London and out came this video. What starts out as a nice evening for a young couple turns into a date from hell, literally. You have dancing zombies, a werewolf in a funky jacket and Vincent Price "rapping". A cool video to a song that everybody in the neighborhood marked out to.

I have to give this one a high recommendation because it has to be the best music video ever made. There hasn't been another one like it.

Check out the "making of Thriller". The documentary has some "interesting" stuff in it.


17 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
VHS Art Work sillyspaghetti
BEST VIDEO OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!! WonderWoman2010
WHO WERE THE DANCERS/ZOMBIES? yakfac-1
I made it through! sillyspaghetti
Can anybody help please? sillyspaghetti
A bunch of freaks!!!!!!!!!!! JustIndispensable
Discuss Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?