Halloween Countdown – MJ – Threatened

Michael Jackson's Threatened, music video script by The Flash Fiction Ponder.

Michael Jackson's Threatened, music video script by The Flash Fiction Ponder.

Threatened

Music Video Concept/Script

By

Rico Lamoureux

Song

By

Michael Jackson

 

All Rights Reserved

 

FADE IN:

Pushing in on an old black and white TV set we enter into the world inside…

Racing above dry cracked landscape.

As if his image is being broadcast through holographic transmission Rod Serling takes shape in the foreground of the frame. (Background still racing above no man’s land.)

 

ROD SERLING

(to viewers)

Tonight’s story is somewhat unique

and calls for different kind of introduction.

 

As the BEAT ENTERS Rod starts to dance MJ-like while continuing to narrate, his background transitioning to a suburb in color (Rod still and always in black and white) down a street, into a house, and up the stairs…

 

ROD SERLING

(to viewers)

A monster had arrived in the village

the major ingredient of any recipe

for fear is the unknown

And this person or thing

is soon to be met

He knows every thought

He can feel every emotion

 

… Pushing in through a bedroom door. (Rod DISSOLVES)

 

ROD SERLING (VO.)

Oh yes

I did forget something

didn’t I

I forgot to introduce you

to the monster

 

At the foot of the bed Michael rises from the floorboards in a smooth and eerie fashion, (to camera) his movements contortingly warped yet still ever-so-smooth.

 

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

You are fearing me

cause you know I’m a beast

Watching you when you sleep

when you’re in bed

I’m underneath

 

Camera quickly falls back and continues to reverse back down the hall, Michael’s image warping out of the walls from both sides and becoming one in center frame.

 

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

You’re trapped in walls

and my face is the walls

 

Now at the top of the stairs camera falls down them (still in reverse, Michael staring down from the top) the fall transitioning into a black hole of sorts, (disorienting) stars starting to fill it.

 

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

I’m the floor when you fall

and when you scream it’s cause of me

 

Some of the stars in center lower frame morph into Michael and he once again goes back to singing to camera. (subtle dance)

 

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

I’m the living dead

the dark thoughts in your head

I heard just what you said

That’s why you’ve got to be threatened by me

 

Michael multiplies, countless copies fall to his back as he leads them into the choreographed chorus dance routine. Background still traveling through space, only now every once in a while images from the old Twilight Zone pass by too. (The eye, door, pocketwatch, etc.)

 

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

You should be watching me

You should feel threatened

While you sleep

While you creep

You should be threatened

Every time your lady speaks

She speaks to me

Threatened

half of me you’ll never be

 

Michael throws up his hand to camera and space goes inside out as he disappears. (Black stars/white surroundings)

 

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

So you should feel

threatened by me

 

Camera pans left to right and back looking for him.

 

LYRICS

You think you’re by yourself

 

…Then startledly turns around by his touch but he’s several yards away.

 

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

but it’s my touch you felt

 

He keeps disappearing and reappearing out of nowhere from here and there as camera pans and tilts from all different angles.

 

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

I’m not a ghost from hell

but I’ve got a spell on you

Your worst nightmare

it’s me

I’m everywhere

In one blink I’ll disappear

and then I’ll come back

to haunt you

 

He pops up in center frame and zeros in on camera as he walks forward towards it while it backs away…

 

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

I’m telling you

when you lie under tomb

I’m the one watching you

 

Camera falls down while still on Michael, with him pointing/looking down at it.

 

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

That’s why you got to be

threatened by me

 

Space turns back to normal, Michael once again multiplying and dancing the routine.

 

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

You should be watching me

You should feel threatened

While you sleep

While you creep

You should be threatened

Every time your lady speaks

she speaks to me

Threatened

Half of me you’ll never be

So you should be

threatened by me

 

As chorus wraps up Michael and his clones swirl into a vertigo of star clusters.

Black and white Rod emerges from it and dances/narrates with the dizzying effect still at his back.

 

ROD SERLING

(to viewers)

The unknown monster is about to embark

from a far corner out of the dark

A nightmare

that’s the case

Never neverland

that’s the place

This particular monster

can read minds

Be in two places

at the same time

This is judgment night

execution

slaughter

the devil

ghosts

This monster is torture

You can be sure of one thing

that’s fate

a human presence

that you feel a strange

 

He disappears.

 

LYRICS

A monster

that you can see disappear

 

The clusters return to Michael and his multiplicity, dancing his contortedly warped yet ever-so-smooth routine.

 

LYRICS

A monster

the worst thing to fear

 

Army of one… (His main image fluttering when he flutters a word)

 

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

(chorus)

 

All Michaels become one as he disappears like a TV being turned off.

 

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

So you should be

threatened by me

 

Camera falls back a little, which brings Rod into the foreground of the frame delivering the outro to the viewers.

 

ROD SERLING

(to viewers)

What you have just witnessed

could be the end

of a particularly terrifying nightmare

 

He points out as if motioning to the viewer to look over their shoulder… (With each “beginning” he’s superimposed and DISSOLVES.)

 

ROD SERLING

(to viewers)

It isn’t

It’s the beginning

Beginning…

Beginning…

Beginning…

 

FADE OUT:

 

Listen to the song,

to see music and video become one, but first…

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