Michael Jacksons Thriller is a 14-minute horror-themed music video for the song of the same name, released on December 2,1983. Directed by John Landis, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Jackson and it was MTVs first world premiere video. In the UK the video was aired on Channel 4 late at night, guinness World Records listed it in 2006 as the most successful music video, selling over nine million copies. The track was listed at number one on The Top 10 Halloween Songs by Billboard. Co-starring with Jackson was former Playboy centerfold Ola Ray, the video was choreographed by Michael Peters, and Jackson. Jackson contacted Landis after seeing his film An American Werewolf in London, the video contains a spoken word performance by horror film veteran Vincent Price. Thriller was the third and final video for the Thriller album, the red jacket that Jackson wore was designed by Landis wife Deborah Landis to make him appear more virile. As of March 29,2017, the video has garnered 397 million views on YouTube, —Michael Jackson On a night set in the 1950s, a teenaged Michael and his unnamed girlfriend, run out of gas while driving in a wooded area. They walk into the forest as they leave the car behind and she accepts and he gives her a ring. However, he tells her that he is not like other guys. She tells him thats the reason she likes him, but Michael insists that she doesnt understand what he means, as his girlfriend asks what hes talking about, a full moon appears, and Michael begins transforming into a werecat, growling at her to leave in the process. The girl screams in terror and attempts to escape, but the werecat chases her, knocks her down, lunges at her with his claws, afraid, Michaels girlfriend leaves the theater. Michael hands his popcorn to another moviegoer, catches up with her, some debate follows as to whether or not she was scared by the movie, she denies it, but Michael disagrees. They then walk down a road as Michael sings verses of the song excluding the chorus. They pass a nearby graveyard, in which the undead begin to rise out of their graves as Vincent Prices speech is heard, the zombies corner the two main characters threateningly, and suddenly, Michael becomes a zombie himself. The zombies then break into a song and dance number, followed by the main chorus of Thriller. Michael and his fellow corpses chase the terrified girl into the room of an abandoned house. While being cornered, Michael then reaches for the throat as she lets out a horrifying shriek, only to awake
Michael Jackson dancing with the living dead.
The Palace Theatre is featured in the music video.