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Director says Michael Jackson wanted to be monster

Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 01:12

The music video ''Thriller'' was made because Michael Jackson wanted to be a monster, director John Landis says at the Venice Film Festival. Jayson Mansaray reports.

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It's the unmistakable video for the title track of Michael Jackson's blockbuster 1983 album 'Thriller'. In the 14-minute music video Jackson transforms into a zombie - incorporating dance sequences that would become iconic. The resulting video became a classic and is considered one of the most influential ever made. But 'Thriller' director John Landis has said it wasn't creative genius behind the videos inception. Instead, he says, it was just a "brilliant business plan" and "...a vanity video because Michael wanted to be a monster." Landis made the comments when he was talking to journalists at the the Venice Film Festival. He was there to promote a 3D version of the video - made nearly 35 years after the original. Jackson died in 2009 at the age of 50, but this latest release is proving that even posthumously the king of pop is still a thriller.

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Director says Michael Jackson wanted to be monster

Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 01:12