The honors keep rolling in for the late King of Pop.
Last week, the Library of Congress announced that Michael Jackson’s video-short “Thriller” will be inducted into its National Film Registry.
“Thriller,” the elaborate and expensive 14-minute music video for the song of the same name written by Jackson and directed by John Landis (“The Blues Brothers,” “Animal House”) was released in 1983 and became the harbinger for future music videos.
Starring Jackson, who is transformed into a werewolf backed by zombie dancers, the indelible dance choreography is still reenacted around the world today, from the scene in the movie “13 Going on 30” to the YouTube video of inmates in a prison yard at the Cebu Detention & Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines.
“Thriller” the first music video to be preserved in the registry, is also the first video to be released in the movie theaters and later aired on MTV.
Jackson was the first Black artist to penetrate the racial divide lines on the impervious video network.