#BLOGTOBER Day 29- Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”- A Film Muse

As a huge Michael Jackson fan, I know that all of his videos are very detailed and tell a story. But the true leader of the pact has to be the iconic, nearly 14 minute long, short film- Thriller.

Michael Jackson’s Thriller- A Film Muse

Although I was not born until the 90’s, this video was always a big deal around Halloween, I grew up listening to Michael Jackson. And I try to make sure to watch and listen to Thriller every Halloween season. It just puts you in the spirit. 

MJ’s message at the beginning-

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I read that Michael had said this video offended people, which he never intended to, and that he would never want to do something like it again. But even so, the legacy of it lives on and on!

Color theme is pretty instant upon the reveal of the title- black and red- just like his iconic leather jacket. 

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Michael Jackson’s Thriller is a music video for the Michael Jackson song “Thriller” released on December 2, 1983. It was directed by John Landis and written by Landis and Jackson. It was MTV’s first world premiere video. Voted as the most influential pop music video of all time, Thriller proved to have a profound effect on popular culture, and was named “a watershed moment for the [music] industry” for its unprecedented merging of filmmaking and music. Guinness World Records listed it in 2006 as the “most successful music video”, selling over nine million copies. In 2009, the video was inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, the first music video to ever receive this honor, for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. The track was also 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 (who had worked with the singer on his prior hit “Beat It”), and Jackson. Jackson contacted Landis after seeing his film An American Werewolf in London; make-up artist Rick Baker and composer Elmer Bernstein (who composed incidental music for the video) were also brought from the film to work on the video. The video (like the song) 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”. – All info Via Wikipedia.

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Summary [If you live under a rock and have never seen this masterpiece…Watch Before Reading the spoilers below!]

In the 1950s, Michael Jackson and a young woman (Ola Ray) run out of gas while driving in a wooded area. They walk into the forest and Michael asks her to be his girlfriend. She accepts. Jackson warns her that he is “not like other guys”, transforms into a werewolf, and attacks her.  In a modern-day movie theater, Michael and his girlfriend are watching the previous scene as part of horror film, Thriller. She leaves early, disturbed by the violence. As they walk in the street, Michael teases her by performing the verses of “Thriller”. In a graveyard, undead rise from their graves as Vincent Price narrates. The couple are surrounded and Michael becomes a zombie. He and the zombies dance to “Thriller”. Michael and the zombies chase his girlfriend into an abandoned house. She screams and wakes up, realizing it was a nightmare. Michael embraces her, but turns to the camera and grins, revealing his werewolf eyes. – Via Wikipedia

This video has everything. It has great music (that chorus! how can you NOT sing along), a killer dance break, a cool concept with a movie within a movie, dancing zombies, a werewolf transformation, young love, and that Vincent Price epic cackle at the end that will always give me chills…I mean what more can you ask for?

I love how they got the 50’s charcters to dress the part- the poodle skirt/letterman jacket/ and him asking her to go steady by giving her his ring. Then we see the 80’s inspired fashion in the current timeline. I love the red and blue hues in Jackson and Ray’s wardrobe. Blue hues are often used in horror. They match the spooky night sky and rolling fog, as they walk through the dewy streets while he serenades her. That whole sequence is probably my favorite because it’s cute and playful like something you’d see in a romantic comedy, and then shit gets real in a minute. Excuse the language. 😉 Jackson’s character is funny and a jokester, but when he turns, he turns! And instantly you feel like your worst nightmares are coming true…like your starring in a horror movie yourself. 

It has all the markings of a horror film, the carefully placed “scary movie” suspense music/sound effects, creatures closing in creating that claustrophobic feeling (those closeup shots are so good- they make you feel like you are right there in the film). And let’s not forget the overly dramatic actress, screaming. Ah- a true ode to horror. It is mentioned in the wiki research that they had specific horror films they used as inspiration through the creation of the short film- naming films like Phantom of the Opera, Night of the Living Night, and I Was A Teenage Werewolf. 

That toe touch!

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I love how you have to suspend reality and just trust the storyline. There is a bit of a confusion, because we are basically watching a movie within a movie. The way that this is set up is brilliant. You get a mini intro, a fake out, then cue the song’s intro as we pan onto the theatre sign, as the story continues. That shot of the movie theatre was done with a crane, I saw in the behind the scenes. Epic!

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#INCEPTION

So in the beginning we see a young couple walking through the woods and then the guy turns into a werewolf, but it ends up being a movie Michael and his girl are watching. Are we to believe that the whole rest of the short film is the real deal? When Michael turns into a zombie and busts a move, only to later chase his girlfriend into an old house and be revealed as his regular self again, telling her, “What’s the problem? Come on, I’ll take you home,” like everything is fine. Did you see that lighting change/setting change though? #MovieMagic Making us think that the movie scared the wits out of her and is making her think all of these creepy creatures are real and chasing her. But then we get that turn back of Michael revealing his werewolf eyes accompanied by Vincent Price’s Laugh and you see that suspending reality is a beautiful thing and you just watched a masterpiece. 

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I love that ending, even if it confuses me. Haha. I guess it wasn’t all in her head. 

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Don’t get me wrong, there are some cheesy moments here and there. But like I teach my kids in my film class, these graphics were groundbreaking for that time in film and video. We grow and we get better. And effects improve through the years, but you have to start somewhere. And this was an EPIC start! Paved the way.

This video is iconic and still to this day inspires other artists to push the boundaries of music television and storytelling. 

 

Behind the Scenes of Michael’s Werewolf & Zombie transformations, etc.

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Cue the shot of the moon…so good!

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For more BTS information watch the hour long Documentary-

The Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO

THRILLER LYRICS

READ MORE INFO ABOUT THE THRILLER VIDEO 

FYI Jackson did venture into horror again, in his 1996 musical short film- GHOSTS (running 39 minutes). This too was granted a documentary- The Making Of. Although I can’t find concrete info as to how it was released in the US, I remember watching this on tv with my family when I was a kid. I feel like it was a big Halloween special. It is so creepy, but so damn good. I can’t find the full version on YouTube but I linked a shorter version. This is a whole other Film Muse in the making, maybe next Halloween. 😀 

I’ll never understand how he could make a dance break scary?

Hats off, Michael. May you rest in peace. 

 

*I do not take credit for any images/gifs/music/lyrics/videos/BTS footage used.*

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#BLOGTOBER Day 16- TV Shows to Binge watch in the Fall Season that will give you a little spook…

Fall is a time for cozy nights in with jack-o-lanterns flickering  and shows that give you that eerie feeling. Need a show to binge this Fall season, look no further! 

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Stranger Things (Netflix) 

2017-Present [2 Seasons, filming Season 3]

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.- Via Netflix Original site.

How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)

2014-Present [Currently airing it’s 5th Season]

A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives. – Via IMDb

Riverdale (The CW)

2017- Present [Currently airing it’s 3rd Season]

A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.- Via IMDb

YOU (Lifetime) 

2018 [Airing it’s first season on Sunday nights]

A clever bookstore manager relies on his savvy Internet know-how to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him. -Via IMDb

The Vampire Diaries (Netflix, Hulu)

2009-2017 [8 Seasons]

The lives, loves, dangers and disasters in the town, Mystic Falls, Virginia. Creatures of unspeakable horror lurk beneath this town as a teenage girl is suddenly torn between two vampire brothers.  -Via IMDb

The Bates Motel (Netflix)

2013-2017 [5 Seasons]

A contemporary prequel to Psycho, giving a portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years, and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is.- Via IMDb

Scream (the MTV series) (Netflix, Amazon Prime)

2015-2018 [2 Seasons]

A serialized anthology series that follows a group of teenagers being targeted by a masked serial killer. – Via IMDb

*Season 3 is said to be coming soon.

Eye Candy (MTV.com, Amazon Prime)

2015 [1 Season]

A New York woman suspects that one of her online dates is a serial killer.- Via IMDb

Pretty Little Liars (Netflix) 

2010-2017 [7 Seasons]

Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while also investigating the disappearance of their best friend. – Via IMDb

Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Hulu, YouTube)

1996-2003 [7 Seasons]

When a 16-year-old high school student finds out she’s a witch, her two aunts offer guidance on how to control her newly-discovered magical powers. -Via IMDb

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Hulu, YouTube)

1996-2003 [7 Seasons]

A young woman, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends. -Via IMDb

Roswell (Hulu)

1999-2002 [3 Seasons]

Follows the lives of three young alien/human hybrids with extraordinary gifts in Roswell.- Via IMDb

Charmed (90’s original) (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube)

1998-2006 [8 Seasons]

Three sisters discover their destiny, to battle against the forces of evil, using their witchcraft. They are the Charmed Ones. – Via IMDb

The X Files (Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Prime)

1993-2018/present (on and off) [11 Seasons]

Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.-Via IMDb 

Tales from the Crypt (YouTube, Amazon Prime, HBO)

1989-1996 [7 Seasons]

Tales of horror based on the gruesome E.C. comic books of the 1950s presented by the legendary Crypt Keeper, a sinister ghoul obsessed with gallows humor and horrific puns.-Via IMDb 

Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (YouTube/Amazon Prime)

1997-2002 [4 Seasons]

Within the course of one hour 5 stories are shown. None of these stories have any logical explanation, and some of them actually occurred. You are left to decide which of these stories, if any are fact, and which are fiction.- Via IMDb

The Walking Dead- Watch at your own risk. (Netflix)

2010-2018 [Currently airing it’s 9th Season on AMC]

Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins [#ZombieApocalyse], and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive. – Via IMDb

^I am including this last one, because I have such great memories of it, that is before they killed off certain favorites of mine. Now I feel like the show has gone down hill, and I haven’t watched in a few seasons. But there is something about it that just screams Fall to me. So if you can stomach losing precious characters, have at it! 

As you may have noticed some of these shows are throwbacks and no longer on tv.  They can be found on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, etc. Others are very new or currently still airing, and can be found on those same sites, as well as their networks/free on demand. In any case each of these paired with a cozy, cold, fall night in, would be perfect to get your Halloween spook fix. So pop your pop-corn, grab some tea or apple cider and pick your poison. Happy Binging friends! 

Enjoy!

And let me know if I missed any of your favorites! 

* I do not take credit for any summaries/images/videos used.*

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My Current Fall TV Schedule

I’m a TV Junkie so I thought I’d share my schedule of shows. It’s research for writing my own future television shows. 😉 Because I will get there, one day. tv

Monday:

Jane The Virgin @ 9:00 pm The CW

Awkward @ 10:00 pm MTV

Faking It @ 10:30 pm MTV

Tuesday:

Married At First Sight: First Year @ 9:00 pm FYI *the only reality show I watch and will watch.

Finding Carter @ 10:00 pm MTV

Chicago Fire @ 10:00 pm NBC

Wednesday:

Young & Hungry @ 8:00 pm abcfamily *just had it’s season finale

Kevin From Work @ 8:30 pm abcfamily *just had it’s season finale

Chicago PD @ 10:00 pm NBC

Thursday:

The Vampire Diaries @ 8:00 pm The CW

Scandal @ 9:00 pm ABC #TGIT

How To Get Away With Murder @ 10:00 pm ABC #TGIT

*sorry Shonda I pretty much gave up on Grey’s Anatomy.

Friday:

To catch up on any shows I missed…notice many of them have the same times. 😉

Saturday:

To catch up on any shows I missed…notice many of them have the same times. 😉

Sunday:

The Walking Dead @ 9:00 pm AMC

Blood & Oil @ 9:00 pm ABC

The Talking Dead @ 10:00 pm AMC

As you can see I juggle a lot. Along with an internship and everyday life stuff, and family and friends, it’s nice to come home and have my mind be on something else for a bit. I love television, it’s an escape for me. I love characters and plotlines, and storytelling. Like I said it’s research. Stay Tuned.

*If you have any fun tv show suggestions, sound off below. I can always fit something else in. HAHA

-<3-

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Watching MTV’s EYE CANDY

Watch the Trailer below:

Loosely based on the R.L. Stine novel by the same name. Read More HERE.

*** 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Watching MTV’s Eye Candy ***

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  1. Tommy & Lindy
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    Partners? Friends? or More? We still don’t know. But there’s definite potential there.

  2. Tommy is HOTTT…like holy crap where did you come from hot?
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    Oh hey you were Chad on Days of Our Lives…

  3. Lindy is a hacker who uses her skills to overpower the police but also to help save lives and find missing people. She uses her powers for good, she’s like a superhero! Kicking ass! Victoria Justice is stepping things up and taking on more mature roles. Who else watched Victorious? Yea I admit it, no shame. That show would have me cracking up laughing. But I’ve got to say Eye Candy is something special.  avatar_victoria_justice_mtv_s_eye_candy_promo_S3HxAgUH.sized[1]
  4. George is her adorable, smart-techy sidekick, he’s just a little teddy bear! You’ve got to love him! Lindy_George[1]
  5. Its timeslot is a pretty good one, Monday nights on MTV at 10. For me there’s not much that this conflicts with, so that’s a plus when you’re a TV show juggler like me.

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  6. The setting is New York City, as a Brooklyn girl I get giddy just thinking about shows who are based where I live. It just makes things more relatable.Eye-Candy[1]
  7. The mystery. This is a really cool concept, a different type of storytelling.
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    The story revolves around Lindy’s determination to find her kidnapped sister.

  8. Plot Twist; Lindy definitely gets hit with a few surprises.
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    Like when an unknown stalker becomes obsessed with Lindy and claims she is perfection, he ends up killing those around her who he deems imperfect just to prove a point…

  9. Lindy’s past with Ben and her present with Jake….it all ties into the mystery…really good stuff!
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    Jake…he’s super hot! He kinda looks like Christian Gray, which is never bad.  ;P

  10. And last but not least Eye Candy  teaches you to be cautious of people, technology and all accounts of social media. The world is watching. #thatswhymywebcamiscovered. 😉imagesTP4ZHNT4

Catch up on Eye Candy Season 1 on MTV.com

The finale airs tonight Monday @ 10pm on MTV

Fingers crossed for some #Tindy scenes…yea it’s a thing.

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This show is SO GOOD, and really underrated. I sincerely hope it gets a Season 2, there’s so much more to explore. And the characters are so interesting. This story is by far, not over with. I only hope the network feels the same way the show’s fans do.

* I do not take credit for any images, gifs, or videos used. *

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