The album and Music Video by Michael Jackson:
- Cut Song: Quite a few of them:
- "Carousel." Quincy Jones had it cut because he didn't want the record to have two novelty songsnote .
- "Behind the Mask", which was cut because of a disagreement about the royalties between Jackson and the original writers. It did get released in 2011's Michael, albeit with some overdubs.
- "Got The Hots". Was completed, but left off of Thriller. The Japanese version of Thriller's 25th anniversary reissue added it as a bonus track.
- "Alright Now", which was later given to New Edition's lead singer Ralph Tresvant for his self-titled debut nearly a decade later. Jackson can even be heard singing backup on the song.
- "For All Time", another collaboration with Toto was intended for Thriller from the get go, but MJ never recorded it until the sessions for Dangerous. the 25th anniversary reissue added it as a bonus track.
- "State of Shock", a duet between MJ and Freddie Mercury. Wasn't completed in time for Thriller, and MJ wound up rerecording the song with his brothers and Mick Jagger for the Jacksons album Victory.
- "Nite Line". Was rejected by Jackson, so Glen Ballard gave it to the Pointer Sisters instead.
- Referenced by...:
- What Could Have Been:
- Jackson sang some duets with Freddie Mercury from Queen, but they were kept from the album.
- His cover of "Behind the Mask" was recorded in the album's sessions, but was Screwed by the Lawyers from putting onto the album.
- Long as the video is, it could've been even longer. As played on a re-release CD bonus, there was a second verse of Vincent Price's rap, ending in "Can you dig it?"
- The title track was originally called "Starlight" and it's a love song, with the same music.
- Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Owing to a scheduling snafu which wouldn't allow him to write it earlier that morning, Rod Temperton was forced to write Vincent Price's spoken-work portion of "Thriller" while waiting for his car to drive him to the recording session.
The 1960s TV series:
- The series adapted stories by famous authors like Robert E. Howard and Cornell Woolrich.
- Tom Hanks Syndrome: "Man in the Middle" has political comedian Mort Sahl playing a dramatic role.