Nostalgia, zombies

The midnight hour is close at hand

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

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