This is Thriller Night

April 24, 2008

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 to strike
You know it’s thriller, thriller night
You’re fighting for your life inside a killer thriller tonight

A quarter of a century after it was released, Michael Jackson’s Thriller remains the best-selling album of all time. To acknowledge this landmark in music and, thanks to its accompanying video, in film, this evening the Tribeca Film Festival held an event called “Thriller Night.”

The open-air celebration of the ghoulish song included a zombie face-painting station, a “make your own Michael Jackson glove” booth, where participants dipped white gloves in glue and glitter, Thriller dance lessons and demonstrations, a Michael Jackson dance-alike contest, and screenings of the epic music video and the rarely seen documentary, The Making of Thriller.

Choreographer Vincent Peterson, who danced in the original video and now hosts the Bravo network television program Step It Up & Dance, hosted the event while the cast of his show danced onstage. The evening also included a special appearance by filmmaker and Thriller video director John Landis and an amusing, unplanned and not entirely friendly encounter between two Michael Jackson impersonators.

Contestants in the dance-alike contest

The winner of the dance contest meets the press

Zombie in black leather jacket

Zombie with hair ribbons

Little Zombie

Zombie bride

John Landis

John Landis and Vincent Peterson

Zombie and film festival worker

Zombie huddle

Zombies surround reporter

Zombies dance onstage

The audience watches the video

Like the real Michael Jackson, these impersonators seem to be doing something scary to a little boy

Tribeca Film Festival
Tribeca Thriller Night
New York Times: At the Drive-In Movie
The Epoch Times: 25th Anniversary Party for Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’
Entertainment Tonight: Celebrating the 25th anniversary of ‘Thriller’
MSNBC: MJ’s ‘Thriller’ still a classic after 25 years

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