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"No mere mortal can resist... the e-vil of the Thrillerrrr!"
"Thriller" is a 1982 song by Michael Jackson, released in the album of the same name. The following year, there was a music video directed and co-written by John Landis (Yes, that one!) With the choreography and the pioneering of the short film music video, it was released to much acclaim, selling over nine million units and getting inducted into the Library of Congress's National Film Registry.
Tropes used in "Thriller" include:
- Blood On the Dance Floor: There's slow zombies, fast zombies, and then there's funk zombies.
- Creepy Cemetery
- The Dead Can Dance
- Everything's Deader with Zombies
- Evil Laugh: Vincent Prince does a great one at the end.
- Face Revealing Turn: One of the most famous instances of this trope.
- Nested Story Reveal: Or is it?
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Michael turns into a werecat.
- Pass the Popcorn: Turns out the opening sequence was a movie, and Michael Jackson was enjoying some while watching.
- Shapeshifting Lover: Given that Michael Jackson was a werecat at the beginning during the full moon...
- Talky Bookends: Popularized the concept.
- What Could Have Been: Long as the video was, it could've been even longer. As played on a re-release cd bonus, there was a second verse of Vincent Price's rap, ending in "Can you dig it?"
- Zombie Apocalypse