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'Thriller' dance video creepier without music

The classic Michael Jackson zombie music video feels even eerier when it's stripped of the melody and all that's left are squeaky shoes and weird giggling.

Anyone who grew up in the '80s can tell you that knowing all the steps to "Thriller," Michael Jackson's creature feature music video, was a must at school dances. Most of us can do the zombie line shuffle in our sleep.

Despite Vincent Price's narration and fantastic monster makeup, however, the music video wasn't particularly scary.

Until now.

Take the music out of the video and the pop star looks like an awkward stalker, sort of like Anthony Michael Hall in director John Hughes' classic "Sixteen Candles."

"Thriller" should be renamed "Squeaker" thanks to this parody video that replaces the music with noisy shoes worn by Michael Jackson.

Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET


YouTube user Mario Wienerroither of Digitalofen Audiobakery stripped the freaky music video of its memorable tunes and added his own version of the sounds and vocals he imagined Jackson might have made during the video.

The results are hilarious.

In "Musicless Music Video - Michael Jackson," the singer's shoes squeak, monsters growl and his girlfriend shrieks. Wienerroither even includes a scene of Jackson loudly chomping on popcorn.

The King of Pop isn't the only muse in Wienerroither's Musicless Music Video series on YouTube. He's also given the same treatment to the works of Gwen Stefani, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

Wienerroither has also made hysterical music-less send-ups of Lionel Richie's ballad "Hello" and Ray Parker, Jr.'s "Ghostbusters."