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Critical Analysis of Thriller - Michael Jackson

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Critical Analysis Thriller- Michael Jackson In my Expressive Arts class we are studying the topic dreams and nightmares, so were given the video Thriller to analyse. Thriller was made in 1983, and is one of the best music videos ever made. The video thriller contains a spectacular dance sequence, plenty of drama and story, and most importantly the actual song itself. The dance moves, costumes, music, settings, and lyrics in some way all relate to the theme of dreams and nightmares. The general synopsis of the video begins with Michael and a young lady in a horror film, walking through the woods. After a conversation he then tells her he is different, then as the moon appears from the clouds he turns into a werewolf. They go into a chasing scene and he finally catches the girl. This will build tension, and make the audience feel scared and nervous. Then we see Michael and the girl in the cinema as they are watching the horror film. They decide to leave and the song Thriller begins. They walk down the street and past a graveyard; this is when a voiceover comes in as zombies rise from their graves. ...read more.

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This music changes dramatically from scary and surreal to beaty and energetic. This may be used to show the audience that they have come out of a nightmare into reality. Special effects also help to make the nightmare more terrifying. When Michael turns into a werewolf seems very real and scary. Also a very clever special effect used in this video is that the audience can never tell if what they are watching is a dream, nightmare, or reality. This is a fabulous technique used as it creates the sense of confusion as when you are in a dream or nightmare. And by flicking from one to the other creates the illusion for the audience of a dream/ nightmare too. The lyrics used in the film are important as they also tell as horror story, which could even be a nightmare. "It's Close To Midnight And Something Evil's Lurking In The Dark". This is one of the lines from the lyrics. He is singing it to the girl, but in a narrator like story. Michael also used dance moves to correspond with his words, while his is singing thriller to the girl. ...read more.

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These are essential as it makes it easier from the audience to see when the video changes from reality from a dream or nightmare. The movement is one of the most important parts to show that they are zombies. Their moves are almost robotic like at some points. They are jolty, sharp moves. They also use lots of isolation on certain parts of the body. In the dance sequence they use spins and jumps and their shoes tap and scrape against the floor giving sound effects in unison. The dance is also performed in unison, which is very effective. They use lots of horror positions to add the effect of dreams and nightmares. One of the best positions is where they have their hands in claws. This also adds to the horror effect. All theses effects create the setting and surrounding of dreams and nightmares. I believe what relates to dreams and nightmares the most is the chopping and changing from reality, and how you cannot tell if what you see is real or not. But overall I believe this video is very similar to a dream or nightmare. By Sarah Dawson 10V4 ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah Dawson 10V4 Expressive Arts ...read more.

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