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Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D will finally scare up a debut at the Venice Film Festival

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Aug 8, 2017

Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D is finally rising from the dead.

The long-awaited 3D version of the iconic singer's groundbreaking frightfest will be making its debut, Jackson's estate has announced. Billboard reports that the seminal short, directed by John Landis, is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival, which kicks off on Aug. 30.

"I am so happy to have had the chance not only to restore but enhance Michael Jackson's Thriller," the director said in a statement. "We took full advantage of the remarkable advances in technology to add new dimensions to both the visual and the audio, bringing it to a whole new level. Even though Thriller was shot traditionally, I was able to use the 3-D creatively. Let me just warn you, there is a rather shocking surprise in there."

Aside from Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D, the festival is also set to screen the documentary Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller, which originally aired in 1983 on MTV and Showtime to coincide with the 14-minute film's release.

"Michael Jackson made Thriller a rich theatrical experience: Fun, funny, scary and wildly entertaining,” John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Jackson’s estate, said in a statement. “No one before or since has made anything like it. Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D is a modern day technical enhancement of his and John Landis’ original vision, and I think fans will love it."

Landis first teased Thriller 3D’s release in 2014, revealing that it was originally created to be part of Jackson’s This Is It world tour but had languished for several years after the singer’s death due to legal issues over ownership.

No word yet on whether the 3D film will be getting a wider release, but we’re betting 3D glasses sure would look snazzy with that iconic red Thriller jacket.