Michael Jackson: Thriller (Video 1983) Poster


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Edited into 

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
The laughter heard at the end, right before the credits roll, is a clip of Vincent Price laughing at the end of Michael Jackson's song "Thriller"


House of Wax (1953)
poster at movie theater
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Poster seen at movie theater
The Last House on the Left (1972)
Michael says to Ola: "It's only a movie!".
Schlock (1973)
poster at movie theater
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
The legal disclaimer in the closing credits reads, "Any resemblance to any persons living, dead, or undead, is coincidental." There are also several visual references
Pink Floyd: The Final Cut (1983) (Video)
Michael and Ola's walk down the street on the way from the theater is a shot-by-shot homage to the middle of the "Not Now John" sequence

Referenced in 

Alvin & the Chipmunks: The C-Team/The Chipettes (1983) (TV Episode)
The Chipmunks opening musical sequence uses the exact same moves as the chorus dance number seen here.
Jeopardy!: Episode #1.1 (1984) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $100 clue in the category "Actors & Roles", it was the first-ever clue to deal with film, TV or video.
Exterminator 2 (1984)
Album cover is shown.
Donga (1985)
'Golimaar' dance sequnce makes many references to 'Thriller'
Dead End (1985)
Zombie wearing Michael Jackson outfit
Amazing Stories: Boo! (1986) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Sheena
Coming to America (1988)
Uses same dance as Thriller but at a higher tempo
Saved by the Bell: Fatal Distraction (1989) (TV Episode)
Screech impersonates Michael Jackson, saying, "I'm not like other boys."
The Simpsons: Stark Raving Dad (1991) (TV Episode)
Mentioned and the album was shown briefly.
The Malibu Beach Vampires (1991)
girls on the beach dance like the Thriller zombies
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror III (1992) (TV Episode)
Bart wears the "Thriller" album cover on his head as he casts the spell to raise the dead.
The Monster (1993)
Canteen imitates Michael Jackson.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Soultaker (1999) (TV Episode)
Song sung during night scene
The Office: Work Experience (2001) (TV Episode)
mentioned and dance done
Jackass: Episode #3.7 (2002) (TV Episode)
zombie dance move imitated
Degrassi: The Next Generation: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (2002) (TV Episode)
Jimmy dresses like Michael Jackson in the "Thriller" video.
Koi... Mil Gaya (2003)
One move used in song "It's Magic"
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection (2003) (Video)
The ending of the "Eat It" video
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
Dead & Breakfast (2004)
The Zombies dance Michael Jackson's famous thriller dance at the garden
Chappelle's Show: Episode #2.9 (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during the Michael Jackson trial segment
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
They find themselves encircled by zombies and the camera movements are identical to when Michael is in the same situation
Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story (2004) (TV Movie)
"Man In The Mirror" begins with the release of "Thriller."
Robot Chicken: Badunkadunk (2005) (TV Episode)
the 80s Michael Jackson is wearing the red jacket
'Hitch': Dance Steps Made Easy (2005) (Video)
Referenced by name
Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (Video)
It is mentioned in a magazine.
Films to Keep You Awake: The Christmas Tale (2005) (TV Movie)
There is a VHS tape of this film in a shelf.
Doogal (2006)
when the skeletons attack, the song thriller is played
Bo! in the USA (2006) (TV Series)
In the opening sequence, 'Michael Jackson' dances the dance from it with zombies behind him.
Dead & Deader (2006) (TV Movie)
"My life has turned into the Thriller video."
I Am Zombie Man (2007) (Short)
Zombie Man does the zombie dance in one scene.
Family Guy: Meet the Quagmires (2007) (TV Episode)
The 1984 Cleveland wears Michael Jackson's red jacket from this video and does a number of the dance moves from it.
Persepolis (2007)
referenced in street buying cassettes
Psych: American Duos (2007) (TV Episode)
Gus puts a few dance steps from "Thriller" into his and Shawn's "Shout" number.
Battle in Seattle (2007)
"It was like the 'Thriller' video."
The Secret (2007)
cheerleaders dancing like the zombies from the video
30 Rock: Jack Gets in the Game (2007) (TV Episode)
Tracey is dressed like Michael Jackson in video for his novelty song 'Werewolf Bar Mitzvah'
Sam and Max: Night of the Raving Dead (2008) (Video Game)
Sam tells the zombies to go make a music video instead of loitering in front of Jurgen's castle.
Day of the Dead (2008)
Salazar refers to the zombie soldier as "Thriller over here".
Supernatural: Lazarus Rising (2008) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Dean
Saturday Night Live: Paul Rudd/Beyoncé (2008) (TV Episode)
MacIntosh (Kenan Thompson) mentions it in the "scared straight" segment.
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust (2009) (Video Game)
Larry's horror costume looks like Michael Jackson's thriller outfit. There is also a scene with dancing zombies to a tune that sounds like "Thriller"
Family Guy: Spies Reminiscent of Us (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Adam West
30 Rock: Into the Crevasse (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Lemon, though Tracy thinks it's too soon
This Is It (2009)
choreography for "Thriller" segment
The Office: Koi Pond (2009) (TV Episode)
Andy dresses up in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" costume for the haunted warehouse.
Scrubs: Our Mysteries (2009) (TV Episode)
JD's slide show includes a set of "Thriller" poses.
Bones: The Proof in the Pudding (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Jeopardy!: 2010 College Championship Quarterfinal 4 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $800 clue in the category "Internet Favorites"
Community: Communication Studies (2010) (TV Episode)
SeƱor Chang imitates dance steps from "Thriller."
The Chameleon (2010)
zombie dance moves used
True Blood: Webisodes: Eric & Pam (2010) (TV Episode)
one of the dancers does dance moves from Thriller
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
Sergio is told "You're five zippers away from Thriller!" while he's wearing a red jacket.
Psych: Shawn 2.0 (2010) (TV Episode)
Shawn says, "This isn't about me or how I wasn't really a background dancer in the 'Thriller' video."
Atop the Fourth Wall: Silent Hill: Dead/Alive Review Alternate Endings (2010) (TV Episode)
song plays, Linkara is dressed like Michael and tries to dance like him
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXI (2010) (TV Episode)
"David Thriller Man" is listed among the opening credits.
The Big Bang Theory: The 21-Second Excitation (2010) (TV Episode)
Sheldon mentions that he has not seen "Thriller" all the way through.
Bedlam: Cohabitants (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Mad: So You Think You Can Train Your Dragon How to Dance/Yo Gagga Gagga! (2011) (TV Episode)
The characters in the dancing competition start dancing to a "Thriller"-esque song in the same way as the music video.
Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
dance move done
RuPaul's Drag Race: RuPaul's Hair Extravaganza (2011) (TV Episode)
Alexis re-enacts the video's dance routine on the runway for her fantasy presentation.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.20 (2011) (TV Episode)
a "documentary" of history according to "Jaywalking" participants depicts a zombie Abraham Lincoln in the video
Movie Nights: Howling VII (2011) (TV Episode)
"I feel like I'm watching Thriller while being dosed with opium."
Mad: Kitchen Nightmares Before Christmas/How I Met Your Mummy (2011) (TV Episode)
Michael seen in line at the DMV wearing his Thriller outfit.
Hung: Money on the Floor (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Dave's Old Porn: Bill Burr/Nina Hartley (2011) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Bill Burr
Tosh.0: Season 3 Web Reflection (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Worst Cooks in America: Late Night/Date Night (2012) (TV Episode)
Anthony mentions "Thriller" and does a couple of zombie moves
Holliston: Weekend of Horrors: Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Corri congratulates John Landis on doing a great job with Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video and does a portion of the 'Thriller dance' for him..
Gangsters, Guns & Zombies (2012)
the cast does the Thriller dance
The Haunting of Whaley House (2012)
Mentioned in dialogue
Grave Encounters 2 (2012)
A boy wears a Michael Jackson costume in a Halloween party.
Tosh.0: Krispy Kreme (Exclusive Interview) (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Tosh
U.F.O. (2012)
Mentioned In The Movie
Face Off: Howl at the Moon (2013) (TV Episode)
title mentioned
Saturday Night Live: Kevin Hart/Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced in "The Walking Dead" segment
Littlest Pet Shop: Door-Jammed (2013) (TV Episode)
The song "Wolf-i-fied" references this music video, including the announcer, yellow eyes, transformations, dancing, and 80s pop with a bass line.
The Congress (2013)
One of the animated characters is Michael Jackson in his red leather jacket.
Veep: Shutdown (2013) (TV Episode)
Sidney says Dan has been doing a "vanilla Thriller dance".
Curse of the Comet with David B. Miller (2013) (Video)
mentioned once
Saturday Night Live: John Goodman/Kings of Leon (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the cold opening
Doc of the Dead (2014)
Dance done
Rick and Morty: Rixty Minutes (2014) (TV Episode)
Alternate universe version shown
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #5.22 (2015) (TV Episode)
Subject of a question
Face Off: Monkey Business (2015) (TV Episode)
Title referenced
The Ben Stiller Show: ZooTV at Night (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Leslie Chapman

Featured in 

The Making of 'Thriller' (1983) (Video)
Moonwalker (1988)
It's Black Entertainment (2002) (TV Special)
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown.
13 Going on 30 (2004)
Music video showed on television
Nostalgia Critic: Moonwalker (2009) (TV Episode)
Walker says he prefers 'Smooth Criminal' to this
Michael Jackson Memorial (2009) (TV Movie)
Clips shown
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) (Video)
Robert Englund mentions it. Also, footage of this music video is shown.
Tosh.0: What What in the Butt (Remix) (2010) (TV Episode)
A brief clip is shown
20 to 1: 80's Good, Bad & Ugly (2010) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on the Thriller album.
The Wright Stuff: Episode #16.57 (2011) (TV Episode)
Clip shown to introduce today's guest panelist John Landis!
Anime Abandon: Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned (2012) (TV Episode)
the song plays over a zombie scene
Nostalgia Critic: Why Do We Love Zombies? (2013) (TV Episode)
recalling Michael Jackson as a zombie
Blood and Guts with Scott Ian: Tony Gardner and Alterian Inc (2013) (TV Episode)
Shots from Michael Jackson's Thriller video show up onscreen, identifying Tony Gardner as the zombie who's arm falls off.
The Cinema Snob: Driller: A Sexual Thriller (2014) (TV Episode)
clips shown and the Snob talks about the porno spoof of this video
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #5.22 (2015) (TV Episode)
Clip of Michael Jackson turning into a werewolf
The 10 Faces of Michael Jackson (2015) (TV Movie)
A clip is shown.

Spoofed in 

Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki (1984)
"Jeena Bhi Kya Hai Jeena" Song replicates the Michael Jackson dance sequance
Driller (1984)
The Joe Piscopo Special (1984) (TV Movie)
The Magic of David Copperfield VII: Familiares (1985) (TV Special)
Before the "Psycho Shower Scene" illusion a masked Copperfield accomplice imitates the Michael Jackson's dance
Donga (1985)
a scene parodies the "Thriller" music video, with zombies and Chiranjeevi dressed as Michael Jackson
The Compleat Al (1985) (Video)
Parodied when Al visits Michael Jackson. Also, in the "Eat It" video, Al gets the same yellow eyes.
The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
Much of the "It's like a movie" song's background dancer's dance-movies are nearly identical to the iconic ones in this, for the same part of the song, the music becomes incredibly "Thriller-esque"
The Resurrection of Michael Myers (1987) (Video)
Quickly spoofed at the end.
Red Dwarf: Polymorph (1989) (TV Episode)
the very last shot spoofs the ending of the Michael Jackson "Thriller" music video
The Resurrection of Michael Myers Part 2 (1989) (Video)
Quickly spoofed at the end.
The Silence of the Hams (1994)
when the zombies come out of the grave and dance with the Michael Jackson zombie
Getting Any? (1994)
Animaniacs: A Very Very Very Very Special Show/Night of the Living Buttons/Soda Jerk (1996) (TV Episode)
Buttons dresses in Michael's red jacket and leads a group of zombies in the Thriller dance.
NewsRadio: Daydream (1996) (TV Episode)
Matthew's scary eyes as he turns toward the camera in Beth's daydream
Good Burger (1997)
The dance
ReBoot: To Mend and Defend (1997) (TV Episode)
Enzo's reboot (A zombie in a red outfit) dodges bullets with dance moves.
Moesha: Halloween Part 1: Kim Revenge (1997) (TV Episode)
The video is parodied by Mo and Q in the teaser
South Park: Pinkeye (1997) (TV Episode)
When Chef turns into a zombie, he sings a song to the tune of Thriller, the dance moves mock that of this and his outfit is the same as Michael Jackson's in this.
One on One: Phantom Menace (2001) (TV Episode)
Flex does some of Michael Jackson's moves
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Little Rock of Horrors/The Pie Who Loved Me/Dream a Little Dream (2002) (TV Episode)
Billy dons a red jacket and does some of the Thriller dance moves with the zombies.
Gorillaz: Phase One - Celebrity Take Down (2002) (Video)
the video "Clint Eastwood" spoofs the video
Like Mike-ael Jackson (2003) (Short)
With the rockin beats of "Thriller" as our guide, this short film takes cues and dance moves from the King of Pop's best video ever...except with bums instead of zombies
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection (2003) (Video)
Portions are spoofed in the "Eat It" video.
13 Going on 30 (2004)
Danced to by Jenna character and others
South Park: The Jeffersons (2004) (TV Episode)
Michael Jackson looks like a zombie after his face melts, and he also sports his trademark "Thriller" red jacket in that scene
The Mighty Boosh: Mutants (2004) (TV Episode)
The mutant's song is a spoof of the Thriller song and it's video.
Night of the Living Dorks (2004)
zombie has red jacket as he dances to "Thriller" (he's also called "Michael Jackson")
Kronk's New Groove (2005) (Video)
dance moves and Kronk is wearing a white glove
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)
The final dance number features a "Thriller"-like choreography, with one of the chicken zombies wearing a red jacket very much like Michael Jackson's.
Robot Chicken: Werewolf vs. Unicorn (2007) (TV Episode)
Matt Senreich's ringtone is Thriller and the Robot Chicken zombies do the Thriller dance.
Total Drama: Basic Straining (2007) (TV Episode)
chef does the thriller dance
Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild! (2008)
One of the zombies starts to sing a knock-off of Michael Jackson's "Thriller"
30 Rock: Flu Shot (2009) (TV Episode)
The video is spoofed, with the zombies replaced by staff members who have flu, before Liz finds Pete, who turns into one as well, as Michael does in the video.
American Dad!: Roy Rogers McFreely (2009) (TV Episode)
Stan and Steve re-enact the "Zombie Dance" Routine from the video
The Fairly OddParents: One Man Banned/Frenemy Mine (2009) (TV Episode)
Timmy in Michael Jackson's gear and dancing with the zombies (the Fairies) is spoofed.
Mike Celestino's Potentially-Amusing Vignettes (2010) (Short)
The ending is a parody of the ending of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video.
Family Guy: The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair (2011) (TV Episode)
When Stewie is walking away, he turns to the camera with yellow cat-like eyes and evil laughter starts in the background just like in the Michael Jackson video.
Thriller Night (2011) (Short)
The video is an entire parody of Michael Jackson's famous music video.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
The climactic battle of this movie, set in 1980, supposedly gives Michael Jackson's people the idea for the Thriller video.
Psych: A Nightmare on State Street (2014) (TV Episode)
The ending of this episode spoofs the ending of "Thriller," with Shawn and Gus turning to look at the camera with zombie eyes.

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