In late 1982, Michael Jackson, and producer Quincy Jones, released Jackson’s sixth studio album Thriller to the public. Winner of a record eight Grammys and home to seven Billboard top-ten singles (The Girl is Mine, Billie Jean, Beat It, Wanna Be Startin’ Something’, Human Nature, Pretty Young Thing, Thriller), the album quite possibly defined early 80s music and cemented Jackson as the eternal King of Pop.
For Halloween 2018, I decided to honor the 35th anniversary of the release of Jackson’s freaky music video. Checking in at just under 14 minutes, the video, directed by John Landis, is modeled after horror movies of the 1950s. The utterly iconic scene is when Jackson becomes a zombie and performs his famous dance with the undead. The video was the first music video added to the National Film Registry. It’s regarded as one of the most famous music videos of all time.
I’ll be honest here, I was a little jolted when I watched this video this week. It’s been a long time since I’d seen it and the shocking horror really threw me off. I hope you enjoy and Happy Halloween everyone!