Michael Jackson's "Ghosts" (1997) (part 2 of 3)

The Mayor leads the mob forward through the archway. Several timid soccer moms in the group make idle chitchat that I won’t bore you with, all about how completely terrified they are to be here. The door slams shut behind them and locks itself. More lightning flashes, and more thunder crashes. Mos Def, still the Token Black Scaredy Cat, goes, “Oh, da-yum!” Which, I’ll admit, was good for a chuckle, even if he is just pretending to be Richard Pryor.

Michael Jackson's "Ghosts" (1997) (part 2 of 3)

Never invite Urkel along on your lynching.

The Mayor is visibly scared, but leads the mob forward. As they pass through a hallway, doors slam shut all around them. Yeah. Gotta say, this is about as scary as the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. Oh my god… there’s a… breeze!!

Then another door swings open, leading into a great big ballroom. Get used to this room, because this is where the entirety of the rest of the “film” will take place. Now, apparently, the big ballroom is in color, whereas the preceding scenes were all in black and white, but with the crappy downloaded copy I have, I didn’t really notice at first. I mostly blame this on the fact that the ballroom scenes are filmed with the blue Battlefield Earth filter. Unfortunately, this just brings to mind the discarded original concept for the intro to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which in turn was a goof on The Wizard of Oz.

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Multi-Part Article: Michael Jackson's "Ghosts" (1997)

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