Director: John Landis
Written by: John Landis & Michael Jackson
Weapon of Choice: None
Rish Outfield's reviews
Go ahead, laugh.
This is simply the greatest music video ever made (followed distantly by Weezer's "Buddy Holly"), and it is horror. Tyranist was hesitant about listing this on his site, feeling that the Simpsons' yearly "Treehouse Of Horrors" are more appropriate. But maybe they both belong. I mean, look at the skulls! The way I see it, the more stuff we can put on this site, the better. B-Movies, Cartoons, Ghostbusters, video games, "Twilight Zone"s, etc. I can just see our one loyal fan laughing, "Hey, they put an episode of 'The Andy Griffith' show on here!" We'll just have to see.
This video inspired and delighted me as a boy, and I still find it cool as an 'adult.' This was the peak of Michael Jackson's popularity, and completely changed the look of music videos forever. The makeup (Rick Baker again) and transformation scenes are top-notch a decade-and-a-half later, and I still love the song (R.I.P. Vincent Price). I will admit that it's not for everybody, but for me...um...it does.
Next up: Huey Lewis and the News' "Doin' It All For My Baby!"
Best Scare: Michael's cool eyes at the end.
I'd Recommend It To: Myself. Does that count?
The tyranist's thoughts
If Rish weren't such a fan of this short, it wouldn't be here. That aside . . . there are actually some really cool things in this little film. The make-up is fantastic (Rick Baker is always fantastic), the plot really isn't that bad (until the it's-all-a-dream ending) and I have to admit that the song itself is a really cool homage to the genre. Almost any film with a dance number in it can be forgotten instantly (see Slumber Party Massacre 2), but since you go into this one knowing what is coming, it isn't so bad.
|Owes everything to/rips off earlier film|
|Girl unnecessarily gets naked|
|Death associated with sex|
|Characters forget about threat|
|Power is cut|
|Phone lines are cut|
|Someone investigates a strange noise|
|Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door|
|Camera is the killer|
|Victims cower in front of a window/door|
|Toilet stall scene|
|Victim locks self in with killer|
|Killer is in car with victim|
|Cat jumps out|
|Blood hits camera|
|Killer doesn't stay dead|
|Stupid discovery of corpse|
|Victim running from killer inexplicably falls|
|No one believes only witness|
|Poor death effect|
|Music detracts from scene|
|Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie||Thriller (starring Vincent Price)|
|Future celebrity appears|
|No one dies at all|
|Death in first five minutes|
|Little kid lamely survives|
|Dog/Pet miraculously survives|
|Villain is more sympathetic than heroes|
|"It was all a dream" ending|
|Unbelievably happy ending|
|What the hell?|
Total Skulls: 9
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