Michael Jackson: Thriller (Video 1983) Poster


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Citizen Kane (1941)
Camera movements, lighting, montage and staging elements.
The Wolf Man (1941)
Storyline, characters and essential details.
House of Wax (1953)
Poster is shown in a theater.
The Mad Magician (1954)
Poster is shown in a theater.
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Poster is shown in a theater.
The Last House on the Left (1972)
Michael says to Ola: "It's only a movie!".
Schlock (1973)
Poster is shown in a theater.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Zombie epidemic scattered through the streets.
The Shining (1980)
Michael smashes a door to attack Ola.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Screenplay, make-up and writer/director. Also, poster is shown in a theater.
Pink Floyd: The Final Cut (1983) (Video)
Michael and Ola's walk down the street is a homage to the "Not Now John" sequence.
Trading Places (1983)
Poster is shown in a theater.

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.
Exterminator 2 (1984)
Album cover is shown.
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.
'Weird Al' Yankovic: Eat It (1984) (Video)
At the end of "Eat It," Al turns and looks at the camera, revealing he has werewolf eyes, like Michael Jackson at the end of "Thriller."
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."
Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti (1989) (Video Game)
The dancing monster and his dancing zombies
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers: The Pied Piper Power Play (1990) (TV Episode)
Dale thinks the Toothpick belongs to Moonwalk Jackson and says he knew it would be a "Thriller"
The Simpsons (1991) (Video Game)
The zombies break into dance after rising.
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
Mahakaal (1993)
Canteen imitates Michael Jackson.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Soultaker (1999) (TV Episode)
Song sung during night scene
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Episode LXXXI: The Phantom Menace (1999) (TV Episode)
When the zombies arrive at the coffee house, they are intent on having a party and dancing.
A Huey P. Newton Story (2001) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Newton
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
The X Files: Resist or Serve (2004) (Video Game)
Mulder says to Scully that they have to find a way to escape from the town before the place becomes like in the Thriller music video.
Making of a Teen Dream (2004) (Video)
The cast perform the Thriller dance.
Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story (2004) (TV Movie)
"Man In The Mirror" begins with the release of "Thriller."
The Simple Life: Mortuary (2005) (TV Episode)
Nicole tells Paris that she is too frightened of dead people to watch even 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.
Películas para no dormir: Cuento de navidad (2005) (TV Movie)
There is a VHS tape of this film in a shelf.
Dancing with the Stars: Round 4 (2006) (TV Episode)
Drew and Cheryl danced the paso doble to "Thriller"
Doogal (2006)
When the skeletons attack, a Thriller-like song 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.
Star Stories: Oops I Did It Again!: Ballad of Britney Jean Spears (2007) (TV Episode)
Justin Timberlake wears the Thriller jacket.
Battle in Seattle (2007)
"It was like the 'Thriller' video."
Si j'étais toi (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) (Video)
Salazar refers to the zombie soldier as "Thriller over here".
Supernatural: Lazarus Rising (2008) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Dean
Crash: Mind Over Mutant (2008) (Video Game)
When the TK Titan is released from the Ice Prison, it proceeds to perform the dance routines from the music video.
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.
Gopnik (2010) (Short)
Some scenes are re-created shot-for-shot.
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)
Señor 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.
Post Mortem with Mick Garris: John Landis (2010) (TV Episode)
Landis talks about his music video
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
Epic Rap Battles of History: Michael Jackson vs. Elvis Presley (2012) (TV Episode)
Title referenced in lyrics
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
The Venture Bros.: A Very Venture Halloween (2012) (TV Episode)
The Kidz Bop version of this song is mentioned by Dermott.
U.F.O. (2012)
Mentioned In The Movie
Face Off: Howl at the Moon (2013) (TV Episode)
title mentioned
One Hit Wonderland: Party All the Time by Eddie Murphy (2013) (TV Episode)
Eddie Murphy's Delirious outfit is compared to Michael Jackson's Thriller outfit.
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.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (2013) (Video Game)
The ending scene has Dr. Darling turning her head, looking at the camera with her eyes glowing and Rex doesn't notice. The scene is a reference to the ending of the 1983 Michael Jackson music video Thriller.
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".
Perception: Caleidoscope (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Max Lewicki: "I also have a virtual car like the one in the 'Thriller' video."
FanboyFlicks, Bad Movies!: What's Wrong with the Happening??? (2013) (TV Episode)
Album cover is shown.
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (2013) (Short)
The zombie emerging, from the house, references the zombie, emerging from the tomb, from this music video.
Remnants (2013)
Album cover is shown.
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
Asylum (2014)
Mentioned in commentary
Blackcat Riffs: Halloween Safety (2014) (TV Episode)
"Is this Michael Jackson's Thriller?"
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 Simpsons: Halloween of Horror (2015) (TV Episode)
An Instrumental version of the theme song is heard at the block party Marge and Bart pull up to
Bob's Burgers: Hauntening (2015) (TV Episode)
Gene says, "It's like a reverse Thriller" while watching the music video
The Graham Norton Show: Chris Hemsworth/Ron Howard/Lily Tomlin/Kevin Bridges/Blake/Shirley Bassey (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jo Popham, a woman in the Red Chair
Sing Street (2016)
Conor refers to the video.
Tvoje tvár má známý hlas: Episode #1.4 (2016) (TV Episode)
The famous choreography is re-enacted by Hana Holisová.
Half in the Bag: Green Room (2016) (TV Episode)
title is mentioned
Ghostbusters (2016)
End Credits scene with dancing soldiers reminiscent of dancing zombies in Thriller music video.
Who's Doing the Dishes?: JB Gill (2016) (TV Episode)
The Vincent Price laughter from the end of the video is used.
Trolls (2016)
Some dance moves in the finale are from Thriller.
New Girl: Jaipur Aviv (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Christian Slater/Priyanka Chopra/Luke Bracey/Hannah Welton (2016) (TV Episode)
The dance routine is mentioned in the Amber Says What segment
Last Man Standing: Help Wanted (2016) (TV Episode)
Thriller mentioned as a zombie musical
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II (2017) (TV Episode)
Crow sings part of "Thriller."
Die schlechtesten Filme aller Zeiten: Samurai Cop (2017) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Kalkofe
Taylor Swift: Look What You Made Me Do (2017) (Video)
The zombie in the beginning is a homage to Jackson's music video.
Speechless: N-I-- NIGHTMARES ON D-I-- DIMEO S-STREET (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Maya; Kenneth wears various Michael Jackson costumes, including an outfit from the music video.
The Ben Stiller Show: ZooTV at Night (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Leslie Chapman

Featured in 

The Making of 'Thriller' (1983) (Video)
Moonwalker (1988)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
Vincent Price's laughing right before the credits roll.
Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory (1995) (Video)
Music video included in the collection.
Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II (1997) (Video)
Music video included in the collection.
It's Black Entertainment (2002) (TV Special)
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown.
Michael Jackson: Number Ones (2003) (Video)
Music video included in the collection.
13 Going on 30 (2004)
Music video showed on television
The 100 Greatest Pop Videos (2005) (TV Movie)
clips shown and discussed
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.
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
Clips from this music video are shown in These Amazing Shadows.
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
Cent une tueries de zombies (2012) (Short)
Footage of this music video is shown.
One Hit Wonderland: Monster Mash (2012) (TV Episode)
Clips used in review.
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
The Unauthorized Hagiography of Vincent Price (2014) (Short)
It is mentioned and discussed. Also, footage of this music video is shown.
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 Special)
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, Al gets the same yellow eyes in the video "Eat It".
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
Mr. Show with Bob and David: The Velveteen Touch of a Dandy Fop (1996) (TV Episode)
Zoom in shot of a man's yellow werecat eyes.
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.
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
group dance at Sweetie's Steamy Buns mimics Michael's moves
One on One: Phantom Menace (2001) (TV Episode)
Flex does some of Michael Jackson's moves
Gorillaz: Clint Eastwood (2001) (Video)
The sequence where the zombies rise and first dance is a direct reference to the same shot from this video.
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
Kremlyovskiy koncert: Prazdnik GH-K-H (2003) (TV Episode)
The start of the "Black or white" parody resembles a scene from "Thriller"
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)
Jenna, Matt, and the party guests perform the Thriller dance routine.
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 its video.
Night of the Living Dorks (2004)
zombie has red jacket as he dances to "Thriller" (he's also called "Michael Jackson")
6Teen: Dude of the Living Dead (2005) (TV Episode)
one of the zombies is dressed like 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.
Visions of Horror (2007) (Video)
A bunch of zombies dance in a club just like the zombies in "Thriller."
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.
Gopnik (2010) (Short)
Affectionate parody.
Boy (2010)
The dance is parodied at the end of the film.
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.
Holliston: Joe's Soda (2013) (TV Episode)
The episode closes with Lance Rocket becoming a werewolf and mugging the camera with crazy yellow eyes in an homage to "Thriller."
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.
DuckTales: The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra! (2017) (TV Episode)
Dewey and the mummies to the Thriller dance.

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