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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
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
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
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 | UK:18 (original rating) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

Watched by over 300 million people.See more »
Continuity: In one scene, Michael's right "cat's eye" contact lens is askew and not in straight.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:
Spoofed in Shaolin Soccer (2001)See more »
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59 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Without a doubt, the best music video ever made, 11 February 2004
Author: Kristine ( from Chicago, Illinois

The first music video I ever saw, Thriller, my mom told me that she took me home from the hospital and when we arrived, my sister had MTV on the TV and Thriller was playing, my mom said that I smiled. Silly I know, but I have loved Michael Jackson since that day, the music video Thriller inspired me to dance, still I have the dance memorized to this day. I even performed it for an audience 3 times! Words cannot describe the power of this song that makes you wanna sing and dance, but Michael of course had to raise the bar for MTV at the time by signing on American Werewolf in London director John Landis and directing the one, the only, Thriller.

Michael and his date, Ola Ray, run out of gas in a dark, wooded area. They walk off into the forest, and Michael asks her if she would like to go steady. She accepts and he gives her a ring. He warns her, however, that he is not like other guys, no really, not like the other guys. A full moon appears, and Michael begins convulsing in agony – transforming into a horrifying werewolf! His date shrieks and runs away, but the werewolf catches up, knocking her down and begins lunging at her with its claws. The scene cuts away to a movie theater where Michael and his date are actually watching this scene unfold in a movie called Thriller. Michael smiles but his date is frightened, and tells him she's leaving. Michael catches up to her, and says that it's only a movie, but she doesn't like his jokes on her and she starts walking away. Michael and his date then walk down a foggy street, and he teases her with the opening verses of Thriller. They pass a graveyard, where corpses suddenly begin to rise from their graves as Vincent Price performs his rap. Michael and his date then find themselves surrounded by the zombies, and suddenly, Michael becomes a zombie himself. Michael and the undead perform an elaborate song and dance number together, followed by the chorus of Thriller.

Thriller is arguably the best music video of all time, funny thing is people who wanna argue that is with other Michael Jackson videos, but what makes Thriller so special is the dance, the story, the effects, this at the time was the most expensive music video of it's day. Michael of course rose that bar again with his famous music video Scream and then again with Ghosts. But say what you will, Michael was the star of the 1980's, there was no celebrity like him, he loved the life, he lived it, breathed it and embraced it. Thriller is proof that he was willing to work to make the best and that's what we got with the legend that is Thriller.


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