Sunday, July 22, 2007

Stop. Slammer Time.

I feel cheated. All this time, television shows such as Oz and Prison Break have tricked me into thinking that life behind bars is all shivs to the kidney during meal time and the ever-present threat of posterior assault whenever shampoo gets in your eyes. Even relatively gentle film fare such as The Shawshank Redemption or The Green Mile made a jail sentence seem unsufferably horrible - the former by suggesting that the best an inmate can look forward to is a really, really sweet gig in the prison library accompanied by some hot sweaty accounting (they actually devoted lengthy screen and plot time to scenes of Tim Robbins settling the jail ledger - repeatedly), while the latter featured Tom Hanks. Even the riotous 1978 comedy Midnight Express had its serious side and made me think twice about smuggling narcotics into Turkey.

Is it all just a smokescreen, though? Is prison life something very different to what we've all come to expect? I present, for your consideration, the following video in which around 1,500 inmates at a Filipino prison meticulously recreate the choreographed video for Michael Jackson's Thriller.

Right, that's it, I'm off on a Grand Theft Auto-style crime spree, perhaps in the manner of Jarvis Cocker in the clip for "Dont Let Him Waste Your Time".

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