My traditions are pretty typical on Halloween. With two young boys in our house, I'm still "knee deep" in the annual rituals that I remember as a kid. We carve pumpkins, go trick-or-treating, and of course, watching It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Halloween movie traditions are probably a close second to Christmas for most of us. I personally can't go a Halloween season without seeing Thriller, perhaps the greatest music video of all time. The 13 minute 43 second mini-movie has been chosen many times as the top position on MTV countdowns and "all time" lists throughout the entertainment media...and in my opinion, they have every right. The song after all is featured on the greatest selling album of all time by the "the King of Pop" Michael Jackson. The Guinness Book of World Records holds the video as the best selling music video of all time and the Library of Congress has even added it to its National Film Registry (the first music video to ever be submitted) as “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.
Thriller is also one of the most revered music videos by its fans. In fact, the jacket worn in the music video fetched $1.8 million at auction in 2011 proving the level by which it is revered. MTV and cable companies paid $250,000 just for the rights to show the behind the scenes documentary film!! For me, the tradition started mainly from the impression I got as a kid. I remember watching the video when I was around 7 or 8 years old at the local skating rink on their large screen. The video was eventually banned from of all the small kids being frightened. (The part the really scared me as a kid was the very end when MJ turns around with those yellow eyes.) Since then, I've grown to mainly respect it for what it is and remember what it was like watching it at the "Skate Station" as a child. Over the past several years, I've transitioned to watching the video online and always seem to find a new recreation of the famous zombie dance in the music video. From Hollywood movies to uniformed prisoners, these recreations seem to always reflect how instantly recognizable the video remains after almost 30 years. So, in concordance with my tradition, let's take a look at some of the best Thriller dance remakes over the past several years that keeps the Thriller zombies among the living each Halloween.