Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983)

PG   |  Video   |    |  Short, Horror, Music


Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) Poster

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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7 February 2003 | jonpd
...THE FUNK OF 40,000 YEARS...
I grew up watching this music video (I taped it on Beta tape when I was a kid back in 1983) and the making of it as well. I have always loved it, and I still do. As far as I'm concerned, it is the best and most classic music video ever made. Not really worth buying being that it's so short, but if you come across it on one of MTV's Top so-and-so of all time countdowns, definitely record it. It's close to miiiidnight...

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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Landis brought in the same make-up and special effects wizards he worked with on An American Werewolf in London (1981).


Quotes

Michael: Honestly, we're out of gas!


Goofs

When Michael and his girlfriend are walking by the cemetery, in the first shot (crane shot) the spotlights illuminating the set are visible.


Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, a disclaimer appears: "Any similarity to actual events or characters living, dead, (or undead) is purely coincidental." This same disclaimer was seen in John Landis's film An American Werewolf in London (1981).


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 5.1, 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 (2018) - a 2D version was also submitted for classification in the UK.


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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Genres

Short | Horror | Music

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