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Ghosts

Ghosts is a musical movie, 38 mins long, with Michael Jackson playing both the main characters. The first of those characters is a Maestro who lives alone in a haunted looking castle on a hill. Its known he has been entertaining the local town children with scary magic tricks which they have found to be pure fun.

Michael Jackson also plays the role of the second main character, the Town Mayor, a white ageing, overweight man. The make up effects are amazing its not easy to tell this isn't a real human actor let alone guess this role is being played by Michael Jackson. The Mayor leads some of the towns folk up to the castle along with some of the kids on a mission to run the Maestro out of town. They believe he is not just entertaining the children but scaring them. They, or at least the Town Mayor perceive the Maestro as a "Freak" and "Weirdo". The children say the Maestro is harmless and want him to be left alone.

When the Mayor backed up by the towns people finds the Maestro and tells him "Are you going to leave, or am I going to have to make you?" The Maestro is unfazed by this and questions "You're trying to scare me, aren't you?...I guess I have no choice, I have to try and scare you." This is when the movies special effects really begin. As you can see from the movie screenshots Michael totally distorts his face and eventually pulls his whole face off just leaving his skull.

The Maestro then reveals he is not alone in the castle and many of his ghostly friends start appearing from balls of light thrown by the Maestro. Michael performs a dance to the song "2 Bad". This is also followed by some more routines, one with Michael's skeleton dancing and even moonwalking. The Maestro also enters into the body of the Mayor and makes the Mayor dance to the music. The Mayor ends up disappearing through a window and the towns people appear to accept the Maestro.

Overal the movie really does make the most of some of the latest special effects of the time. The dance routines, although somewhat reminnicent of Thriller, with Michael leading ghosts from past era instead of zombies are amazing and the music is Michael Jackson at his best, maybe not as regards hit records, but ideal for the movie. This ia must see movie for any fan of Michael Jackson.

The movie was released at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996 and released on VHS video in 1997. Songs featured in the film were "2 Bad" which was from Michael Jackson's HIStory album and Ghosts and Is It Scary which were both taken from Blood On The Dance Floor, which was a History in the Mix album with some new tacks.

Ghosts

Movie Screenshots



House on Hill


Mayor and towns folk

Enter Mastros room

Ghostly figure

Is the Mastro


Mastro


Mayor


Mastro


Mastro

Is This Scary?





Is This Scary?
















2 Bad Dance


Ghosts

Mastro Skeleton Dance

Skeleton Moonwalk


Scared Mayor

Mayor faces Skeleton

This You?


Mastros dances through Mayors Body

Is This Scary?


Is This Scary to You?

Mastro Crumbles

 

Credits:
Directed by: Stan Winston
Produced by: Michael Jackson, Stan Winston & David Nicksay
Screenplay by: Stan Winston & Mick Garris
Story by: Stephen King, Stan Winston, Mick Garris & Michael Jackson
Based upon an original concept by: Michael Jackson & Stephen King
Director of Photography: Russel Carpenter
Editor: Marcus Manton
Executive Producer: Caroline Baron
Co-Producer: Mary Montiforte
Score Composed and Performed by: Michael Jackson
Original Music by: Nicholas Pike
All Dance Sequences Conceived And Staged by: Michael Jackson
Choreography by: Michael Jackson, Lavelle Smith, Travis Payne & Barry Lather
Choreography Consultants: Bruno "Taco" Falcon & Jeffrey Daniels
Special Visual Effects and Digital Animation by: Digital Domain - Venice, CA
Additional Digital Effects by: Pacific Data Images - Palo Alto, CA
Matte Paintings by: Syd Dutton and Bill Taylor, A.S.C. - Illusions Arts, Inc.
Make-Up / Animatronic Effects Designed & created: Stan Winston Studio
Mayor Make-Up Designer and Key Artist: Richie Alonzo
Mayor Make-Up Artist: Nick Marra
Michael Jackson Ghoul Make-Up: Mike Smithson
Ghoul Make-Up Artist & Designer: Bruce Spaulding Fuller

Check in the VHS video category there's a collectors Ghosts Box Set availble.

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