RETRO: MICHAEL JACKSON - THRILLER

10/31/18
Thriller

Yes, you read that right!

Today's Candy is the one ... the only ... “THRILLER” (we hope you did the “DUH DUH!” in your head).

Okay, so, we ALL know the song, we ALL know the dance, but We Are: The Guard wondered ... when was the last time you actually watched the video right through, from start to finish?!

You have to remember how GROUND-BREAKING this video was! In 1982, the typical running time for a music video was 3:30, max. But “Thriller” – which was directed by An American Werewolf in London's John Landis – transformed the format into a short film (without it, we'd never have had “Telephone” ).

Plus, this was pre-YouTube, y'all! So the only way you could watch it back in the day was by staying glued to MTV, who rotated it 3-4 times a day (unless you had it on VHS like me #humblebrag).

So sit down, relax and indulge in the entire 13 minutes, 43 seconds of “Thriller” below. You won't regret it!

 

A-MA-ZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Want more? Okay!

Here is Vincent Price's extended “Thriller” voice-over! Best evil laugh, EVER!

 

Here are 1,500 inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines doing the legendary “Thriller” dance. Seriously!

 

And, of course, here is the infamous Bollywood take on “Thriller.” Haha!

 

WE <3 “THRILLER!!!!!!”

 

Lyrics:

It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark
Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes
You're paralyzed

'Cause this is thriller, thriller night
And no one's gonna save you from the beast about strike
You know it's thriller, thriller night
You're fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight

You hear the door slam and realize there's nowhere left to run
You feel the cold hand and wonder if you'll ever see the sun
You close your eyes and hope that this is just imagination, girl!
But all the while you hear the creature creeping up behind
You're out of time

'Cause this is thriller, thriller night
There ain't no second chance against the thing with forty eyes, girl
Thriller, thriller night
You're fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight

Night creatures calling, the dead start to walk in their masquerade
There's no escaping the jaws of the alien this time
(They're open wide)
This is the end of your life

They're out to get you, there's demons closing in on every side
They will possess you unless you change that number on your dial
Now is the time for you and I to cuddle close together, yeah
All through the night I'll save you from the terror on the screen
I'll make you see

That this is thriller, thriller night
'Cause I can thrill you more than any ghost would ever dare try
Thriller, thriller night
So let me hold you tight and share a
Killer, diller, chiller, thriller here tonight

'Cause this is thriller, thriller night
Girl, I can thrill you more than any ghost would ever dare try
Thriller, thriller night
So let me hold you tight and share a killer, thriller, ow!

(I'm gonna thrill ya tonight)
Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize y'alls neighborhood

I'm gonna thrill ya tonight, ooh baby
I'm gonna thrill ya tonight, oh darlin'
Thriller night, baby, ooh!

The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom

And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller

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