After having my mind opened by my experience with ‘Robocop’ my exposure to all things genre was a little limited by a concerned Mom.
But I was fortunate enough that we owned a certain King of Pop’s album on vinyl and I was obsessed with listening to a certain song off of it. What I wasn’t prepared for was the first time I saw the short film of a video directed by the genius John Landis.
I think it is safe to say that the video for Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ was the catalyst that began my life long obsession with everything zombie, and as I will discuss in a blog to come, there was nothing more influential in my decision to become a horror filmmaker than zombies.
It also happened to be the first time that I had any exposure to the behind the scenes of filmmaking. One of our regular trips to the video store led to the discovery of the a VHS tape called “Making Michael Jackson’s Thriller” and after one viewing I was hooked and obsessively made my parents rent it for me as often as possible. Not only did I get to see the music video that I adored, but I also got to see the magic of how it was made.
My imagination took off, creating zombie stories at every turn and picturing everything as if it was a movie. So much so that when I helped tear out the gyprock in our kitchen during a renovation, I spent the entire time picturing it was zombies tearing through our wall.
I made a point of watching Thriller every year at Halloween to get us in the holiday spirit because as Vincent Price says,“For no mere mortal can resist The evil of the thriller” -Colin MacDonald Foster Avenue Productions