Each year the Library of Congress selects 25 films under the National Film Preservation Act that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically" significant. These films are locked away in the National Film Registry to be preserved for the rest of mankind. While they do not necessarily represent the 'best' in American cinema, they do pose as works of importance to American culture.
Among the 25 that were selected this year, Michael Jackson's 1983 video for the song Thriller was among them. Always seen as more of a short film than just a mere music video, Thriller lasts 14-minutes and depicts a young Jackson as not only a werewolf, but a zombie, dancing and singing his way through the streets while walking his girlfriend (played by former Playboy Playmate, Ola Ray) home. With Rick Baker doing the make-up, Vincent Price doing the voice over work, and John Landis directing, Thriller truly is a part of our culture. Not only does it continue to appear on awards lists to this day, the Thriller dance has been mimicked in films like 13 Going on 30, been seen on Superbowl commercials, and even appeared in Team Fortress 2, a popular PC game.
With the addition of this years 25 films, there are now 525 films in the National Film Registry. For each title named to the registry, the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation works to ensure that the film is preserved for future generations, either through the library's motion-picture preservation program or through collaborative ventures with other archives, motion-picture studios and independent filmmakers.
Though the King of Pop may have shed his mortal coil, his legacy continues to live on, and with the addition of Thriller to the National Film Registry, you can be sure that future generations will get the chance to look back and see what all the fuss was about.