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Aliens, zombies try to break `Thriller` record

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 09:26

Atlanta: It wasn`t under the moonlight, and it wasn`t quite the funk of 40,000 years. But 900 zombies, aliens and Star Wars Stormtroopers boogeying to Michael Jackson`s `Thriller` might be a sight that almost stops your heart.

The masquerade of sci-fi faithful performed Michael Jackson`s signature "Thriller" music video dance routine on Sunday. And if officials approve, they will have set a new Guinness World Record.

The crowd turned out in a downtown Atlanta hotel ballroom during Dragon Con, which is billed as the country`s largest convention dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, gaming, comics and more.

The iconic video played on a huge video screen as a Jackson lookalike channeled the pop star in red jeans, a red leather jacket, and white socks and black penny loafers.

The current record was set in May by a group of 242 College of William & Mary students who performed the routine in Williamsburg, Va., according to Guinness World Records.

Dragon Con special events director Mandy Collier expects a decision this week on whether a record was set.

More than 12,000 people claimed they broke the record in front of Mexico City`s Monument of the Revolution on Aug. 29, which would have been Jackson`s 51st birthday.

However, the record was not accepted by Guinness.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 09:26

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