It’s Halloween!! There’s so much to love about this time of year. The weather has turned cool and the leaves are changing and it’s almost perfect outside. I love seeing all of the little trick-or-treaters in their best scary (or not-so-scary) costumes walking around and begging for free candy. Heck, I still walk around the office begging for free candy (just not in a costume).
I’m a fan of scary movies, too. I’ve seen them all. The Exorcist, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Evil Dead 2, Friday the 13th, Psycho, Carrie, Paranormal Activity. They’re far more fun to me than scary and it’s definitely better to watch them now than any other time of year.
There’s not a lot that scares me these days (after all, I was married once). But there IS something from my childhood that not only scared the bejeezus out of me then, it still gives me the creeps today. You might want to sit down for this one because you’re not going to believe it.
Stop laughing!! I’m serious!!
In case you didn’t know, the music video for Thriller came out in December 1983 to much fanfare. It was an epic 13-minute video that was more like a movie and it changed the way music videos were made forever. It’s pretty much regarded as the greatest music video of all-time.
It’s been 30-years since I last watched it, so I’ll do my best here to summarize it for those who might not have seen it. Michael Jackson is walking in the woods with his girlfriend and he turns into a werewolf, or something. Turns out it wasn’t for real, but in a movie they were watching in a theater. His girlfriend runs out and he goes after her. They end up arguing whether or not she was scared and then the song starts. The video then features graveyards, dancing zombies and a chilling Vincent Price narration.
I was 6-years old when the video came out and was with my parents at my uncle’s house the first time I saw it. The werewolf, the dancing zombies, the undead rising from the grave…none of this scared me. What got me was the end.
Zombie MJ and the rest of his crew are about to get the girl at the end when she wakes up and realizes it was all just a bad dream. Michael is there to comfort her and offers to take her home. As they’re walking out of the house, Michael turns back with this evil smile and yellow eyes. The camera freezes on it as Vincent Price’s maniacal laugh closes out the video.
What follows is an absolute, 100% true story. I screamed and cried louder than I had ever screamed and cried before. Something about those eyes and that laugh freaked me out and I lost it. I ran over to my Mom and jumped in her lap, tears streaming down my face as my Dad just laughed at me.
The crazy part is that I am now 36-years old and not only have I never watched that video again, I can’t even listen to the song. If it comes on the radio or on TV, I immediately change it. I can’t listen to the duet with Paul McCartney that was on that record because I know that Thriller was the next song on the record. I couldn’t even look up pictures for the video to include in my blog. Crazy? Ridiculous? Yeah…maybe just a little.
Anyway, nothing before or since has ever scared me that bad and I’m not sure it ever will. Is there anything that scared you that bad? Message me on Facebook (http://facebook.com/jumpinjack1037) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.