Michael Jackson’s Thriller was released in 1983. The video, directed by John Landis, runs for fourteen minutes and is one of the classics of the medium. References to both the song and the video are frequent in Fall Out Boy’s work: in the Dance, Dance video (which, just to make things MORE complicated, is an homage to teen movies such as the Molly Ringwald film… Sixteen Candles), Pete performs the dance from the Thriller video, and Infinity on High’s opening track is named Thriller.

Thriller, like A Little Less…, is a mini-horror movie, with Michael Jackson playing a werewolf and a zombie throughout the action. The large dance ensemble in the Thriller video are echoed by the vampire brawl in A Little Less.

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