"I Was A Teensge Werewollf " was released and shown in theaters in 1957.

Some here are old enough to possibly remember seeing it in the dark on a big screen:

26 years later in 1983, Michael Jackson's watershed, seminal, and iconic video, "Thriller" was released and shown in millions of homes curtesy of MTV:

 The visual and thematic similarities are stunning. The similarities are breathtakingly obvious. Right down to the athletic jacket worn by the principal character....

The  "Thriller"  video has been heralded as a groundbreaking and influential presentation of music and film.

However, I'm convinced that the librettto for the Jackson video laid dormant in the film that preceded it by a generation:


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Comment by Dharmabummer on October 31, 2016 at 1:08pm

Yes! And the Thriller video was directed by John Landis, who also directed An American Werewolf in London-- one of my favorites. Happy Halloween, Ron.

Comment by Zanelle on October 31, 2016 at 1:13pm

Some things are so classic they will go down in history and Thriller is one of them.  It is just so good!  Teenage Werewolf was something I was afraid of.  Im a wuss.  The scary stuff nowdays makes the fifties stuff look sooooo tame and fake.  It is really really scary now.  

Comment by JMac1949 Today on October 31, 2016 at 2:03pm

My favorite wolf movie is American Werewolf in London,  also liked Jack Nicholson chewing up the scenery in Wolf.  Also liked Van Helsing, Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale were great.  R&L

Comment by nerd cred on October 31, 2016 at 8:42pm

I'm not old enough for Teenage Werewolf. I think I had only seen The Song of Bernadette in the theater by 1957.

Thriller wasn't groundbreaking for the libretto was it?

Comment by Ron Powell on October 31, 2016 at 10:32pm


@NC;  In a word, 'no'. As I said, the story conept  had been around for a generation when Landis and Jackson picked it up....One or both were aware of the 1957 film. Probably Landis, who was born in 1950, as he was the older of the two,  when they collaborated on "Thriller".


Michael Jackson's Thriller is a 13-minute horror-themed music video for the song of the same name, released on December 2, 1983. Directed by John Landis, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Jackson, the song was released from Jackson's sixth studio album of the same name. It was MTV's first world premiere video. In the UK the video was aired on Channel 4 late at night.

Voted as the most influential pop music video of all time, Thriller proved to have a profound effect on popular culture,and was named "a watershed moment for the [music] industry" for its unprecedented merging of filmmaking and music.

Guinness World Records listed it in 2006 as the "most successful music video" selling over nine million copies. In 2009, the video was inducted into the National Film Registryby the Library of Congress, the first music video to ever receive this honor, for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. The track was also listed at number one on  "The Top 10 HalloweenSongs" by Billboard.

------Info provided by Wikipedia.

 -----Meticulously cut and pasted by me.

Comment by nerd cred on October 31, 2016 at 10:48pm

Exactly my point. The story was old and someone born in '50 would have experienced at least one camp TV revival of Teenage Werewolf in high school or thereaboutsIt wasn't the story that broke ground but the execution, the song and omigod! Cable and MTV and music videos and VCR!! and this is the coolest thing ever! (I had young teenagers at the time.) So it was every part of it except the libretto. :-)


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