Tall, Dark, and Dead – 7 – Thriller

Title: Thriller
Year: 1983
Director: John Landis
Leads: Michael Jackson, Vincent Price

Favorite quote: “And whosoever shall be found without the soul for getting down, must stand and face the hounds of hell, and rot inside a corpse’s shell.”

Thoughts: Thriller’s a short, of course, but it’s such an iconic part of the zombie world that it bears re-watching. And re-watching. And re-watching. (Embedding disabled, darnit.)

Thriller also means a lot to me personally, as I believe that it was the film that first exposed me to zombies – at least, consciously. I was a wee mite at the time…small enough to, I remember, stand in front of the television with my nose pressed right to the center of the screen.

I don’t remember being afraid. (And this was, you know, back when I got worried if Duckula seemed to be having an off day.) I thought the zombies were fascinating. I admired their dancing and singing. The only part of the video that scared me was the very end, when they all loom over the girl…I’m a bit claustrophobic, see. I mean, I watch horror films with no problem, but I have not, nor will I ever, see Titanic. The cabins filling with water…gaaaaaaah shoot me firstshootmefirstshootmefirstcyanidecaplet.

It was also the first time I’d ever heard Vincent Price’s voice. I fell in love with it. I wanted whoever was speaking to read me spooky bedtime stories. I went on to develop a massive crush on Vincent that continues to this day.

I hope you find some peace, Michael. Thanks for the memories.



(I love that I share my interest in zombies with an entire prison population. That just warms my heart.)

Links:Thriller on Wikipedia

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