Shooting a horror movie. As a music video ... (1982)

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Thursday, 2 November 2017

1982 -

This week in 1982, Michael Jackson finished one of his most iconic projects. The recordings for his near fourteen-minute horror video for his song ‘Thriller’ end after shooting for seven months. The video was eventually released on December 2, 1983.

Horror movie
Jackson already released the song and its album on the 30th November of 1982, but decided a year later to contact Landis for adding a music video to the song. Jackson was so fascinated by the movie ‘An American Werewolf in London’ that he called Landis to create a video clip to his song. They soon came to an agreement to make a short horror movie.

Most successful music video
The video was broadcasted all over the world on MTV, which made Thriller the first video that had its own worldwide launch. The song and the music video made such an impression to the world that the Guinness World Records noted it in 2006 for being the most successful music video of all time.

Trivial fact
Michael Jackson called Landis in the middle of the night to ask him if he wanted to make the Thriller music video. This was because of the time difference between California, where Jackson lived, and London, which was Landis’s home. But even funnier is the part where Landis had never heard of the song Thriller and Jackson for his part had not seen the most famous films of Landis, such as the Blues Brothers.


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