Thriller Video By Michael Jackson Released on December 2, 1983

Thriller By Michael Jackson

Thriller is a music video by Michael Jackson that was released in 1983 as part of the album, Thriller. The video first aired on MTV on December 2, 1983. The video featured Jackson performing a dance routine with a group of zombies and was directed by John Landis.

The “Thriller” music video was a turning point in music television and is widely considered one of the greatest music videos of all time. It was the first music video to incorporate a short film-like narrative and special effects, setting a new standard for music videos. The video’s popularity helped to popularize the music video format and cemented the role of music videos as a promotional tool for artists. “Thriller” has had a lasting impact on pop culture and remains one of Michael Jackson’s most memorable and recognizable works.

  • It was one of the first music videos to feature a narrative and significant use of special effects.
  • The video cost approximately $500,000, a significant amount at the time.
  • Michael Jackson co-wrote the story for the video with John Landis.
  • The movie theatre featured See You Next Wednesday, a non-existent film trope that John Landis often used in the background of his films.
  • The choreography was done by Michael Jackson and was inspired by the horror films of the 1930s and 1940s, and it was inspired by George A. Romero’s 1968 “Night of the Living Dead” film.
  • The Thriller video is widely regarded as one of the greatest music videos of all time.
  • It was one of the first music videos to receive heavy rotation on music video channels like MTV.
  • Michael Jackson’s red leather jacket worn in the video became iconic and is now considered one of the most famous pieces of pop culture clothing.
  • The video features appearances from actress Ola Ray and actor Vic Polizos.
  • The “Thriller” dance became widely imitated and is still popular today.
  • The video was nearly 14 minutes long, significantly longer than the average music video at the time.
  • Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video helped popularize the music video as a legitimate art form.
  • The “Thriller” video has been parodied and referenced in numerous movies, TV shows, and commercials.
  • The “Thriller” video was one of the first music videos to receive multiple nominations and awards.

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video won several awards, including:

Grammy Award for Best Long-Form Music Video (1984)
American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Video (1984)
Billboard Music Video Award for Best Overall Video (1984)
Bambi Award for Best Video (1983)
Soul Train Music Award for Best Music Video (1983)