Michael Jackson, Ghosts Movie Video: The Maestro

Michael Jackson Film, Ghosts (1997)

We've all heard the sad news about Michael Jackson passing away. Since it happened on June 25, 2009, I think that I've heard every song he ever sang, have seen every video he ever made. Until last night. Last night, I found a movie that MJ made that I had been totally unaware of. When I saw Michael Jackson Ghosts come up in some search results, I just had to check it out.

I'm not sure whether to call this flick a short movie or a long video. It defies both categories, with a run time claim of anywhere between 35 minutes to 39+ minutes. The one at the bottom of this hub is 35 minutes, 45 seconds and shows the complete movie. I mean video. I mean, whatever you want to call it. It doesn't matter how you refer to it, it's a piece of Michael Jackson, King of Pop legacy and worth seeing, at least once.

Michael Jackson, King of Pop

In 1997, Michael Jackson made a short film/long video, titled, Ghosts
In 1997, Michael Jackson made a short film/long video, titled, Ghosts

If It's Michael Jackson, It Must Be a Musical

If it's related to Michael Jackson, you just know that there has to be singing and choreography involved. Think Thriller but with ghosts instead of zombies and you'll get an idea of the feel of this movie. Or video.

Watching Michael Jackson in this flick brought back to me just what an incredible dancer he was. He was absolutely brilliant and amazing. How it was that he didn't sprain or break both ankles while doing the routine in Ghosts is beyond me.

Naturally, he sings, as well. Songs like:

  • 2 Bad from the HIStory album
  • Ghosts from Blood on the Dance Floor
  • Is It Scary ? from Blood on the Dance Floor

Yes, Michael Jackson Ghosts is chock full of the talent that you would expect to see from this consummate performer. If you're a true fan, you either have seen it or you'll make sure that you do now that you know about it.

Michael Jackson Ghost

Ghost was just one of Michael Jackson's films
Ghost was just one of Michael Jackson's films

What Ghosts is About

Michael Jackson Ghosts is about surprise. Not just in the movie, either.

The King of Pop plays five characters in Ghosts:

  • The Maestro - scary guy that the mayor tries to run out of town
  • The Mayor - yup, tries to run the Maestro (himself) out of town
  • Ghoul Mayor
  • Superghoul
  • Skeleton

Michael Jackson is a busy guy here.

Want another surprise? Okay, here it is: Stephen King co-wrote it. You read that right - the King of Pop and the King of Horror paired up to produce the scariest video ever. Think they succeeded?

Guess what? I'm going to give you three surprises for the price of one. When you watch the video, keep an eye on the townspeople and you will see Mos Def.

Michael Jackson Ghosts - That's a Wrap!

In Michael Jackson Ghost, it seems evident to anyone who is familiar with his background, that our poor, sad MJ is acting out his past and his low self-esteem.

The plot of this movie - or video - can be likened to Frankenstein. The townspeople are all approaching the castle in order to rid themselves of something that scares them. The kids aren't scared, though. They like the Maestro and don't want him drummed out of town.

Things that the mayor says to Maestro are cutting and hurtful. He even calls Maestro a freak. Reminiscent of Michael Jackson's childhood and life in general? The Maestro is a recluse who likes children. Remind you of anyone? Things like this can convince you that Michael Jackson Ghosts is something of an autobiography.

Hope you enjoy the show.

Update

*** The full length version was removed from YouTube, so I had to replace the one video with four. Sorry. Thank-you to TheSablirab for letting me know there was a problem.

Michael Jackson, Ghosts - Part 1

Michael Jackson, Ghosts - Part 2

Michael Jackson, Ghosts - Part 3

Michael Jackson, Ghosts - Part 4

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jill of alltrades profile image

jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

What a great find!

Thank you very much for sharing.


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Herald Daily 7 years ago from A Beach Online Author

And thank-you, Jill for coming by.

I was truly surprised when I saw this movie/video. I had no idea that it existed, that's why I thought that I would share it. Thought maybe that others were unaware of it, as well.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I've never seen this video before. I find it so hard to believe that I didn't know about it! You're right about MJ's ankles - it made mine hurt just watching him.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

Thanks so much for sharing! When there is so much out there that is being hashed and rehashed, it's nice to see something I hadn't seen before. Kudos to you for finding it and sharing it here!


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marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

Yeah I remember staying up until midnight to see the premiere of this short film. The songs from here are on the predominantly remix album "Blood on the Dancefloor". But in this film the versions of the songs are slightly different. I loved the special effects in this film and initially I had NO IDEA that Michael played all of these characters. I was intrigued as to how they could teach the actor playing the mayor how to perfect Michael's steps! The coolest thing by far was the skeleton moonwalking the first time i saw it! :) Great hub


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Herald Daily 7 years ago from A Beach Online Author

Yeah Shirley, it was a big surprise to me, that's for sure.

Thank-you, KCC.  I figured that I couldn't be the only one who didn't know about it.  It feels like seeing something new, which is kind of strange because he's gone.  I appreciate seeing his stuff even more than before.  I marvel at his talent, he was awesome.

Hi, Marco.  Wow, you are the only person that I've "spoken" to that has seen it, let alone saw the premiere.  You're a good fan. 

When I first read that Michael Jackson played the part of the mayor, I had to watch the first part of the film again because I found it hard to believe.  Once you know, you can see it in the way the mayor moves and also hear it in his voice.  Really cool, I think!

For its time, that skelton moonwalking and all the other 'special' effects were quite something.  I just think the whole thing is pretty amazing, as well as revealing in regards to MJ's self perception.  Of course, now that we know more about his upbringing, we can understand where it was coming from.

Poor MJ.  So brilliant yet so sad.

Thank-you all for your comments!


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lovemyself 7 years ago

A great man!

And he is living in my heart!


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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

This is a great video/movie (I'm with you on what to call it lol) and I had no idea MJ played so many parts...thanks for sharing :D


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

I watched this with my daughter and we found it to be very entertaining. I had no idea it existed. It allowed for some great mother/daughter bonding time tonight as I shared this and other Michael Jackson videos we found that she had never seen. She had no idea how great an entertainer he was. She knew only of his music really.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Thanks for sharing your find!


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Herald Daily 7 years ago from A Beach Online Author

Agreed, Lovemyself! It's sad that he's gone so soon.

I know, Enelle. I was very surprised. If nothing else, I would have thought that I knew about this flick because Stephen King co-wrote it and I'm a big SK fan. Not sure how they both got it by me. :) You're welcome for sharing, thanks for reading and commenting!

Aww, KCC, that's so cool! I'm glad that MJ helped you have some quality time with your daughter and that she is even more aware of MJ's incredible talent, now. Thank-you for sharing that!

You're welcome, Cindy. Thanks for having a look.


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misi2ura 7 years ago

Michael jackson will be loved by many. A father, A son, A friend.

R.I.P. Michael Jackson.


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Herald Daily 7 years ago from A Beach Online Author

Misi, you said it all and you said it perfectly! Thank-you for saying it.


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Purple Perl 7 years ago from Bangalore,India

Thanks for sharing great info on MJ!


spartans123 7 years ago

I LOVE TOO MICHEAL JACKSON ...HIS SONGS AND DANCES VERY WELL GOOD IN THE WORLD. IT MADE MINE HURT JUST WATCHIM MICHEAL JACKESSSSS......I LOVED THE SPECIAL EFFECTS IN THIS FILM.....


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Herald Daily 7 years ago from A Beach Online Author

I'm glad to share this info about MJ, Purple Perl.  Thanks for coming by and commenting, I appreciate it.

Spartans, you are a real Michael Jackson fan!  I agree with you, I think MJ was a brilliant dancer, I've never seen anything like it, I don't think anyone has.  Yes, the special effects in this film have been discussed on various sites on the net, I found.  They were pretty advanced for their time.  Let's face, he was a genius!  Thanks so much for your comment.  MJ fans have to stick together. :)


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Janet21 7 years ago from New York

I had heard of this film, but had never watched it before. Thanks for sharing it.

Michael is the best. I miss him. RIP~


amera syuhada  7 years ago

michael jackson tak sepatuknya mati you na.


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Herald Daily 7 years ago from A Beach Online Author

You're welcome, Janet. Ghosts certainly was new to me, as well - quite a surprise find. I agree, he was the best and not likely to be equaled again. It's such a shame he left so soon. Thanks for your comment.

I'm sorry, I don't know what you said, Amera, but thanks for commenting.


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Treleven-Vilceus 7 years ago from USA

wow! what a man, that's true talent,


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Herald Daily 7 years ago from A Beach Online Author

I totally agree, TV! Thanks for the comment.


madalina ursu  7 years ago

michael jackson cel mai bun is the kink of pop


MBS 6 years ago

I have loved Michael Jackson since I found out about him in 1979. Like the other commenter said, never has there been, nor is there, nor will there ever be someone like Michael Jackson. God blessed him with so much talent, and shared it with the world. So sad that he died, especially the way he died. I know he is in heaven, and the only thing that makes my heart feel better is that I know that when I die, I will see him again. I love you, Michael.


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Herald Daily 6 years ago from A Beach Online Author

MBS, that is a beautiful sentiment. You said it so perfectly, too. Thank-you.


Annie 77 6 years ago

I think amera syuhada said "Michael Jackson shouldn't have died, you know." Malay, I think.


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Herald Daily 6 years ago from A Beach Online Author

I agree, Annie. MJ should not have died. He still had a lot left in him and his absence leave a hole.


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Lee Thacker 6 years ago

Totally interesting Hub...what a talent he shared...


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Herald Daily 6 years ago from A Beach Online Author

Thank-you, Lee. I agree with 100%! MJ was an incredible talent that won't soon be forgotten.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


samanthA 6 years ago

WILL MISS MICEAL JACKSON VERY MUCH.......

I LUV U


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Herald Daily 6 years ago from A Beach Online Author

We all miss him, SamanthA. Sometimes, it's still hard to believe that he's gone.

Thank-you for commenting.


TheSablirab 6 years ago

It's funny the things you think you remember seeing and the ones you don't remember seeing, but you actually did. I belong in the latter category; I have seen it, but it's been so long! Memories.

As a side note, the video seems to have been taken off of YouTube, just to let you know Herald Daily. Don't know if anyone told you.


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Herald Daily 6 years ago from A Beach Online Author

Hi, Sablirab. You're right about it being funny what we remember.

Thank-you for letting me know about the video. Too bad, it was nice having it all in one like a mini-movie. Oh well, it's there (working) again now but I could only get in 4 parts.

Thanks, again!


Bella 6 years ago

Love you Michael, You will sadly be missed!!


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Herald Daily 6 years ago from A Beach Online Author

Perfectly said, Bella.


number one fan! 6 years ago

michael, i actually love you! rip.

xxxxxxxxxx


MJ FAN 6 years ago

michael, you healed the world and the children.

now you have passed away,

i love you forever

my friend next to me is your biggest fan

love ya rip

xxxxxxxxxxx


julia 6 years ago

I first saw this video about 2 years ago and I love it. Michael is and will always be my idol. :)

R.i.p Michael


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Herald Daily 6 years ago from A Beach Online Author

Even though it's been a bit more than a year, it's still hard to believe that he's gone.


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Very interesting hub. Thank you.


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Herald Daily 6 years ago from A Beach Online Author

Thanks, Stars.

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