The surprisingly awesome “new” Michael Jackson album, Xscape, is now in stores worldwide, which means you should be on Vevo reliving the classic music videos that helped make Jackson the King of Pop.
If you haven’t, we’re here to remind you that it’s about that time again to re-watch “Thriller,” the 13-minute 1983 musical masterpiece directed by American Werewolf in London‘s John Landis, and featuring the effects work on the great Rick Baker. The video co-stars former Playboy centerfold Ola Ray.
In the short, a night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloody-thirsty zombies – only “Thriller” can save them now.
An interesting tidbit off wiki explains that the infamous red jacket that Jackson wore was designed by John Landis’ wife Deborah Landis to make him appear more “virile”. Also interesting, to qualify for an Academy Award as a short subject, the film was shown in a theatrical screening along with the 1940 Disney animated feature Fantasia, in December 1983; the video however failed to earn an Academy Award nomination!
Still no word on when this will get some sort of HD release, although we did check back in with Landis, who resolved his dispute with the Jackson estate back in 2012.