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Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart . Michael then offers to take her home, and she happily obliges. As they walk out Beat It - Michael Jackson - HIStory On Film Volume II (DVD) the house, Michael eerily looks at the camera, thus revealing his yellow werecat eyes from the opening scene, as Price offers one last haunting laugh. Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly commented on the music video, "Every aspect of the minute horror musical, directed with creepy-comical zest by John Landis, is beyond iconic, from Michael's red leather ensemble to the immortal no pun herky-jerky zombie dance and bwah-ha-ha Vincent Price narration.
Though the video was met with widespread praise, it was also criticized for its content. The Los Angeles Times quoted Dr. Jackson performed "Thriller" on all three of his solo world concert tours. From the Dangerous Tour onwards, half the song was always performed by a masked backup dancer as Jackson prepared for his next song as part of a stage illusion. Despite Jackson performing multiple songs from his Thriller album, "Thriller" was not included on The Jacksons set list during their Victory Tour inas he wasn't satisfied with the way the song sounded live.
Jackson performed "Thriller" during his first world tour as a solo artist, the Bad world tour, lasting sixteen months, from tofor a total of shows. During the Bad tour, in both legs, the jacket had flashing lights in the middle of the song and at the end.
An impersonator was only used for the introduction of the song; a masked dancer emerges from the costume tent at the side of the stage, and goes back in hiding while Jackson himself, also masked at first, swings down from a rope on the other side of the stage before taking off his mask. In the middle of "Thriller", Jackson secretly switched places with a masked backup dancer who finishes the song appearing as Jackson prepares for "Billie Jean".
When the song ends, Jackson appears fully dressed on the upper floor as "Billie Jean" begins. Once again, a masked dancer posing as Jackson was Beat It - Michael Jackson - HIStory On Film Volume II (DVD) as a stage illusion, this time to transition between "Thriller" and " Beat It ". As with the Dangerous tour, Jackson switches with the background dancer in the middle of the song. At the end of "Thriller", the masked dancer is taken by the zombie dancers into a coffin where it appears he is impaled with spikes and burned.
Jackson would appear at the side of the stage in a cherry-picker, starting off "Beat It". Jackson had planned to perform "Thriller" during his show concert series, which would have Beat It - Michael Jackson - HIStory On Film Volume II (DVD) his fourth concert tour, entitled This Is It from to For Jackson's performance of the song, he had planned for the stage that he was to perform on to be set up with a background that looked like a "graveyard" which was a brief setting in the music video with 3-D effects.
According to a setlist that was released in March"Thriller" was to close out the song show, although the film Michael Jackson's This Is Itwhich documents the concert series, lists 18 songs and " Man In The Mirror " as the closing song for the planned shows. The zombie gorillas did a similar dance routine in the video for " Clint Eastwood " by Gorillaz. Rihanna did the dance routine in her video " Disturbia ".
A prison in Cebu, Philippines became famous after releasing a YouTube video where its inmates reenacted and performed the "Thriller" dance.
InSouth Park had an episode, " Pinkeye ", which parodies the song and the video. The Chemical Brothers said in a January interview that if their song "My Elastic Eye" is played on large speakers, the bass would resemble "Thriller". Scottish band Tigerstyle Beat It - Michael Jackson - HIStory On Film Volume II (DVD) a bhangra remix of "Thriller" to which dance act Signature danced to it in Beat It - Michael Jackson - HIStory On Film Volume II (DVD) semi-final performance in the second series of Britain's Got Talent in May He then turns to the camera with glowing red eyes and his laugh is heard, similar to Vincent Price.
The video has been spoofed on Thriller Nighta 6-minute short film parody of "Thriller", directed by Gary Trousdale and featuring the characters of the Shrek film series. It has also been spoofed on YouTube web series Annoying Orange by the titular character, in the episode "Chiller". PopCap 's game Plants vs Zombies features a Michael Jackson zombie, in which he stops and zombies pop out of the ground and they do the dance moves to "Thriller".
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