Ultra Rare 35mm Theatrical Screening of MICHAEL JACKSON's "THRILLER"­ Video!!!

Don't panic or get confused, this mini screening is IN ADDITION to our Horrothon horror film all night movie-marathon event at the Aero Theatre.


Michael Jackson's THRILLER music video (1983), directed by John Landis (who also directed many major Hollywood movies in the 1980's & 1990's), was awarded in 1989 the MTV Video Vanguard Award for being “The Greatest Video in the History of the World,” the short film for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” remains the undisputed champ for its fusion of pure pop and cinematic joy. This short film is the first (and only) music video ever to be inducted by the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, a select collection of films of "enduring importance to American culture."

Though this very high budget 15-minute length video was actually shot on 35mm, this will be its first-ever big screen, theatrical public showing since 1983 when this short film briefly played at the time of its original release at the (former) National Theater in Westwood for one week only back in December of 1983 when it was interestingly double-billed with Walt Disney's "Fantasia" (Jackson was a huge Disney fan and in order for this video to be considered for Academy Award nomination for best short film, it had to have at least a brief theatrical run--hence the special one week theatrical engagement at just one theater in the entire country). Other than that extremely limited public exposure, it has only been shown on TV and has never again been shown on the big screen--in stereo--as it will be exhibited for this special one-time only showing at the Hammer Theatre.


Producer: George Folsey Jr., Michael Jackson, John Landis.  Cinematographer: Robert Paynter. Art Director: Charles Hughes. Costume Designer: Deborah Nadoolman, Kelly Kimball. Choreographer: Michael Jackson, Michael Peters. Special Make-up Effects Designer and Creator: Rick Baker. Editor: Malcolm Campbell, George Folsey Jr.  Cast: Michael Jackson, Ola Ray, Vincent Price 35mm, color, 13 min.

Note: Jono is ONLY going to attend this brief mini-screening of THRILLER in Westwood then will high tail it to Santa Monica to join the rest of our group at the Aero Theatre for the Horrothon. However, for those who may be interested, following THRILLER will be a screening of John Landis's "American Werewolf In London" feature with much of the of the original cast and crew live in attendance. Jono is not going to sit through "American Werewolf" since our group already attended a screening of this film at the Academy earlier this year and because of our other previously scheduled event.

Admission is $10 and can be purchased in advance at the following weblink...


Parking: $3 flat rate parking after 6pm in the Hammer's underground parking garage



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  • A former member
    A former member

    I absolutely loved this event! I didn't know what to expect. I was happy with seeing it on the big screen and had no idea the main players would be onstage to give us insight. Wish there could have been more discussion about Michael Peters but nonetheless a fabulous event!

    October 31, 2013

  • Jono

    This was actually the 30th anniversary screening of director John Landis's personal 35mm print of the video--all surviving key members of the original crew--except those who have passed away--were on hand for this full house event including make up expert Rick Baker, the producer George Folsey, Jr. (whose dad George Folsey, Sr. produced many major MGM films including "Meet Me In St. Louis") and others. There were so many wonderful backstories including some that had never been told before including that fact that at the time Michael Jackson was still a devout Jehovah's Witness and religious reactions from key family members (that the video patronized the devil, etc.) almost prevented the video from ever being released. Also Michael, per his religious beliefs actually proselytized and ended up handing out the Watchtower magazine to a number of members of the crew. But they said all in all he showed little ego, worked incredibly hard and was extremely professional.

    October 27, 2013

  • Jono

    Full house with famed action movie and THRILLER music video director. John Landis signing autographs in lobby

    October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait!

    October 24, 2013

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