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Release Date:
2 December 1983 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michael Jackson ... Michael

Ola Ray ... Michael's Girl

Vincent Price ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tiana Davidson 'Thelma' Davis ... Zombie

Cynthia Garris ... Zombie

Mick Garris ... Zombie

Hanala Sagal ... Dancer (as Suzan Stadner)

Forrest J. Ackerman ... Man in Movie Theater (uncredited)
Reed Armstrong ... Zombie (uncredited)

Rick Baker ... Zombie Opening the Crypt (uncredited)
Kim Blank ... Zombie (uncredited)

Miko C. Brando ... Man in Movie Theater (uncredited)
Kevin Brennan ... Zombie (uncredited)

James Canino ... Zombie (uncredited)

Greg Cannom ... Zombie (uncredited)
John Command ... Zombie (uncredited)
Michelle Defevre ... Zombie (uncredited)

Michael DeLorenzo ... Zombie (uncredited)

Tony Fields ... Zombie (uncredited)
Richard Gaines ... Zombie (uncredited)

Tony Gardner ... Zombie Crawling Out of a Grave (uncredited)

Tom Hester ... Zombie Moving the Grave Cover (uncredited)
DeAnne Holliday ... Zombie (uncredited)

Janet Jackson ... Zombie (uncredited)

Ben Lokey ... Zombie (uncredited)

Ned Nalle ... Deputy (uncredited) (voice)

Vincent Paterson ... Zombie (uncredited)
Michael Peters ... Zombie (uncredited)

Mark Sellers ... Zombie (uncredited)

Directed by
John Landis 
Writing credits
John Landis (written by) &
Michael Jackson (written by)

Produced by
George Folsey Jr. .... producer
Michael Jackson .... producer
John Landis .... producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Robert Paynter (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Malcolm Campbell 
George Folsey Jr. 
Casting by
Mike Fenton (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Charles L. Hughes  (as Charles Hughes)
Costume Design by
Kelly Kimball 
Deborah Nadoolman 
Makeup Department
Rick Baker .... special makeup effects designer and creator
Lance Anderson .... zombie makeup artist (uncredited)
Kevin Brennan .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Greg Cannom .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Tony Gardner .... makeup effects crew (uncredited)
Tom Hester .... makeup effects crew (uncredited)
Shawn McEnroe .... makeup effects crew (uncredited)
David B. Miller .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dan Allingham .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Sosna .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dave Stevens .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Marty Thomas .... property assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Craig Huxley .... sound
Philip Rogers .... playback engineer
Philip Rogers .... sound transfer engineer
Bruce Cannon .... sound effects (uncredited)
David Kelson .... audio playback operator (uncredited)
Michael D. Wilhoit .... sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Paul A. Baccam .... stereo compositor
Tony Baldridge .... stereoscopic supervisor
Manthan Bhayani .... stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Dylan Dass .... stereo compositor: Legend3D
Kathryn Fay .... lead stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Kimberly Henry .... lead stereoscopic compositor: Legend 3D
Jordan Lucchino .... stereoscopic compositor: Legend 3D
Cody McCaig .... stereo artist
Julia Lee Peat .... stereo artist
Aaron Providence .... stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Austin Ramsey .... stereoscopic compositor
Ryan Ramsey .... lead stereoscopic compositor
Julius Padilla Santos .... stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Michelle Shoukralla .... stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Matthew Swanton .... stereo compositor: Legend 3D
Yanbo Wang .... stereo compositer
Camera and Electrical Department
Douglas Kirkland .... special still photographer
Bryan Greenberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jeffrey M. Hoffman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bob Munoz .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Joseph D. Steuben .... camera operator (uncredited)
Dennis Young .... electrician (uncredited)
Music Department
Dan Wallin .... music scoring engineer (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Michael Jackson .... choreographer
Michael Peters .... choreographer
Anthony Marinelli .... programmer (uncredited)
Vincent Paterson .... assistant choreographer: Michael Peters (uncredited)
Norman Winter .... unit publicist (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Michael Jackson's Thriller" - USA (complete title)
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13 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (video rating) | Finland:S | Iceland:12 | UK:15 | USA:PG

Did You Know?

On June 27, 2011, the red jacket Jackson wore in this video sold for 1.8 million dollars at Julien's Auctions of Beverly Hills.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
[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!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Doogal (2006)See more »
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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Excellent., 28 October 2005
Author: Cocacolaguy912-2 from United States

"Thriller" is brilliant. It is a long video, but simply brilliant nonetheless. The song itself is...excellent...add Michael JAckson dancing and you have a golden Phenomenon. Out of all the videos I have ever seen, this is the best. If you have not seen the video yet, then I urge you...

The special effects are amazing for it's time... everything from the wearwolf transformation to the idea of these creepy zombies slowly raising from their graves is grand...spookishly grand that is. Vicent Price has his segment of bone-shivering lines...known simply as "the rap" Ola Ray does good as Michael's girl, and Michael JAckson himself...the dancing, and singing (although not during the video itself) is unmatched...


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