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December 02

Thriller

Michael Jackson transformed the art of making music videos. The “Thriller” video offered a unique storyline, unusual choreography, special effects, and Jackson’s formidable showmanship.

1982: A Monster Hit
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video is released
Clocking in at almost 14 minutes, the mini-movie that accompanied Michael Jackson’s hit song “Thriller” was like no music video that had ever come before. Directed by film director John Landis and featuring voiceovers by famed actor Vincent Price, the video starred Michael Jackson as a young man on a date with his sweetie.

A cast of dancing zombies and a teenage werewolf with hideous yellow eyes are just a couple of the surprises filmed by Landis, who co-wrote the video with Michael himself. In December 2009, “Thriller” was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, which referred to it as “the most famous music video of all time."
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