Released on December 2, 1983 Michael Jackson's Thriller was to become the most influential pop video of all time with over 9 million video copies of it sold.
Co-starring with Jackson was former Playboy centerfold Ola Ray. The video was choreographed by Michael Peters (who had worked with the singer on his prior hit "Beat It"), and Michael Jackson. The video also contains incidental music by film music composer Elmer Bernstein, who had previously worked with Landis on An American Werewolf in London. The video (like the song) contains a spoken word performance by horror film veteran Vincent Price. Rick Baker assisted in prosthetics and makeup for the production. "Thriller" was the third and final video for the Thriller album. The red jacket that Jackson wore was designed by John Landis' wife Deborah Landis to make him appear more "virile".
The photos below are exclusive backstage photos published in the book: Michael Jackson: The Making of "Thriller": 4 Days/1983, available: http://amzn.to/1SqqEM1
Make sure to watch the behind the scenes video where Michael performs the famous zombie dance and where he is interviewed in the dressing room with Quincy Jones.
And here is the behind the scenes video with Michael having fun with the zombie makeup and sharing his love for his favorite horror actor.