Day 21: The year is 1982. Three great things come into the world, The Wrath of Khan, the owner of Arkham Games, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The following year, the 13-minute video debuts as MTV first world premiere. The video jumps from horror movie, to music video, back to horror, back to music; it’s really quite engaging. The video was directed by John Landis (Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London), make-up by the amazing Rick Baker (7 Academy Awards for Best Make-up), and the outro by classic horror icon Vincent Price.
Thriller has become an iconic piece. Inmates have recreated it, marching bands, and theatre productions. The dance has appeared in television and film, earning a place as one of the greatest videos of all time.
If you haven’t seen it, YouTube has it available in its entirety here https://youtu.be/sOnqjkJTMaA
Did you know: In December 2009, it was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, the first ever music video to be selected.