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Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983)

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.

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John Landis
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Cast

Cast overview:
Michael Jackson ... Michael
Ola Ray ... Michael's Girl
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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>

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Genres:

Short | Horror | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1983 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Michael Jackson's Thriller See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Optimum Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The video was shot in four days. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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!
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Crazy Credits

For the 2018 IMAX 3D release, when the elderly zombie turns to face the camera, a new jump scare has been created where the image does a fast zoom in on his glowing eyes with a sudden sound. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2017, it was remastered from the original 35mm negative and converted into 3D under John Landis' supervision. The audio was also updated to 5.7, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos standards. The remastered 3D version first premiered at the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 4th, 2017 alongside the 'Making Of' documentary. In 2018 it was further remastered by IMAX and preceded screenings of "The House With a Clock in its Walls" - a 2D version was also submitted for classification in the UK. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Talking Dead: Buried (2018) 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
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Michael Jackson's greatest achievement!
8 July 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

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.


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