There is no way I could do a Halloween video marathon without posting this track. It’s iconic and classic. I also have a fantastic, albeit embarrassing, story to tell.
I was an enormous fan of Michael Jackson as a child. HUGE. Posters everywhere, my own little red ‘Thriller’ jacket, books, albums… He and Cyndi Lauper ruled my world. I threw the biggest tantrum ever when my parents went to see him without me. But then I saw this video…
That night, I had vicious nightmares of Michael Jackson stepping out of mirrors and eating me, in his monster guise from this video. I awoke the next day and couldn’t even look at any picture of Michael. My mother had to hide everything Michael from me. It was crazy. Later, I made tasteless jokes about the ‘Neverland Ranch Response’ and laughed about it, especially in light of my love of all horror movies.
Besides, I have a new music video that freaks me out (and I refuse to disclose it, since it’s humiliating and makes no sense).
For its time, this was a crowning achievement, but its legacy endures. The song, the dance, the LENGTH of it… How can you not marvel at this video? And I admit, to this day…. Michael is way too damn creepy as a zombie.
Tell me your Michael stories…
Day Forty-Eight: Thriller – Michael Jackson