“Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand.”
Story goes that Michael Jackson was so impressed by An American Werewolf in London that he personally requested John Landis direct the music video for his song “Thriller” – the rest, as they say, is history. The 13-minute masterpiece, which plays out like a short horror film, was a collaboration between a handful of horror icons, including Rick Baker and Vincent Price.
Price, with his instantly recognizable voice, recorded pitch-perfect narration for the video’s sequence of the dead rising from their graves – Quincy Jones, who produced the video, once said that Price completed the task in only two takes, which impressed the hell out of him. Wouldn’t it be fun to be a fly on the wall of that historic recording session? Over 30 years later, now you can!
Audio from that voiceover session has been around for quite a while now, but I must admit that I had never heard it until it was shared over on Reddit this past weekend – and I figured that if I hadn’t heard it, I probably wasn’t the only one. From what I understand, the audio was originally included as a bonus feature on a 25th anniversary re-release of “Thriller” back in ’08.
If you’ve never heard it, or even if you have, listen to the audio magic below!