"Thriller" Turns 25, NYC Holds 'World's Largest Zombie Disco'
Like millions of late 70s babies, I spent many childhood hours moonwalking around the house in my socks and dressing up as Michael Jackson for Halloween.
I loved MJ. I loved Thriller.
And I can hardly believe it's been 25 years. It's just as thrilling now as it ever was.
“Thriller Night” at the Tribeca Film Festival was billed as “the world’s largest zombie disco,” an event at the open-air Tribeca Drive-In with hundreds of undead revelers lurching along to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Tons of cheery brain-suckers (and popcorn eaters) showed up for the event, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the groundbreaking video. Everyone was treated to free zombie face-painting and a station where you could turn a little cotton glove into a sequined Jackson trademark (”We’ve been inhaling a lot of fumes,” commented glove-gluer Michelle Angelino, who unfortunately ran out of shiny stuff early in the evening).
The “world’s largest zombie disco” never really happened. We got a hasty run-through by longtime Jacko choreographer Vincent Patterson (and the zombified crew of Bravo’s hit show Step It Up And Dance) who briefly taught everyone how to do the “double-bump.” But the night was electric nonetheless due to the carnival atmosphere, a big-screen outdoor screening of “Thriller” and The Making Of Michael Jackson’s Thriller and just witnessing the awe that classic Michael Jackson still inspires in fans all these decades later.