The Thriller Diaries
The Thriller Diaries is a nice look back on the seminal 1983 music video by Michael Jackson – a 14 minute horror spoof that changed the way everyone saw music videos ever after.
There’s a lot of behind the scenes stories in the article, and it very much feels like you’re able to glimpse the inner workings of how the video came about. In addition to focusing on Jackson, the article also touches on his relationship with co-star Ola Ray, director John Landis, and Jackson’s father, Joe.
Writer Nancy Griffin does a nice job, writing a very even piece here. She touches on Jackson’s sexuality only briefly – enough to acknowledge it, but doesn’t let it overshadow the entire article.
It strikes me as a very kind and warm look back, at the point in Jackson’s career where he was at his absolute peak. Right before that tipping point where he more or less exploded, becoming the iconic figure he is today.
And it seems only fitting to include the video to Thriller here as well. Watching it again this morning, it’s amazing how mesmerizing it still is, after all these years.