Friday, June 26, 2009
Thriller Sequel? Michael Jackson's Ghosts
UPDATE: Unbelieveably, I wrote this post just a few days ago. Given the untimely death of Michael Jackson yesterday, I thought it might be nice to bump this up, as I'm not sure many people are even aware of Ghosts, the short film Jackson made in the mid-90s. Enjoy.
ORIGINAL POST (06/22/09): A friend and former roommate of mine was in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, and I got to go have dinner with him at a mutual friend's house. This friend has the nearly unique distinction of having worked at Neverland Valley Ranch for several years, directly for Michael Jackson.
Michael has--fairly or unfairly (or a combination of the two)--gotten a reputation as a weirdo more than he is remembered for being a consummate musician and entertainer. Which is a shame. My friend brought along a video, one I had never seen, that proves this point rather well. After all, this video is well produced and entertaining, right up there with Thriller. It was co-written by Jackson and Stephen King, and has special effects by the late, great Stan Winston. And yet if it was ever released in the US, nobody's ever heard of it.
Particularly interesting in Ghosts is the battle between the protagonist, a rich oddball in a big house, being hounded by the townsfolk for his eccentricities. Add to that the villain--played by. . .well, you figure it out--who is lobbing the sorts of accusations the real Michael has probably heard all too often. Throw in some special effects, and a creepy atmosphere, along with (almost an afterthought) some Jackson music, and this should have been a winner. It's just too bad the video quality of this clip isn't better. Anyway, enjoy.
Michael Jackson - Ghost (full version) @ Yahoo! Video