Thriller Night
Thriller Night 2011 title card
Official film poster
General information

Thriller Night


6 minutes

Release Date

September 13, 2011

Release on DVD

September 13, 2011 (Scared Shrekless)
August 28, 2012 (Shrek's Spooky Tales)


Holiday / Halloween special

Production information
Directed by

Gary Trousdale

Produced by

Dean Edwards
Michael Gough
André Sogliuzzo
Holly Fields

Preceded by: Succeeded by:
Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular Thriller Night The Pig Who Cried Werewolf
Thriller Night is a 6-minute Halloween-themed short film. It's a parody of Michael Jackson's music video Thriller, and was directed by Gary Trousdale-- released on September 13, 2011 in the Scared Shrekless DVD.

Dean Edwards and Sean Bishop reprised their roles as DonkeyPrince Charming, and King Harold. However, Mike Myers, Antonio Banderas, and Cameron Diaz did not return as Shrek, Puss in Boots, and Fiona and were replaced by Michael Gough, Holly Fields, and André Sogliuzzo.


The special starts with Shrek (Michael Gough) bursting out of a movie theater angrily, followed by everyone else, including Princess Fiona (Holly Fields), Puss in Boots (André Sogliuzzo), and Donkey (Dean Edwards), who are all fine. Fiona checks if Shrek is all right and he replies that he actually wanted to see something scary because it is Halloween.

As Shrek walks off, Donkey and Puss try to cheer Shrek up by singing Thriller. They begin to walk through the street (with Shrek annoyed by Donkey singing), and everyone begins to sing along. Puss (who plays the role on Vincent Price) tags behind and points to the graveyard, where many characters are rising from the dead: This includes Prince Charming (Sean Bishop), Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) and Fifi (Frank Welker {uncredited}), the Fairy Godmother (Pinky Turzo {whose wand was bent}), Lord Farquaad (Sean Bishop), the Headless Horseman, Captain Hook (Matt Mahaffey), Mongo (Conrad Vernon), King Harold (Sean Bishop {in his frog form}), and the Pied Piper (Jeremy Steig). Everyone surrounds Shrek, Donkey, and Fiona (who prepares to do karate on the Zombies). The Pied Piper begins to play his flute. Nervous, Shrek tells Fiona it is time to go, but when he turns around, she has now become a zombie, much to his horror; he is also horrified to see that Donkey and Puss have also become zombies. Everyone starts to dance and so does Shrek (against his will). Singing eventually ensues, led by Donkey. At the end of the song, Shrek manages to break the Pied Piper's flute, complaining that he is going to be sore in the morning. As he turns around, he sees everyone (zombified) coming towards him to kill him. Donkey then yodels as he and the others close in on Shrek, preparing to eat his brains.

Shrek wakes up screaming and it is shown that he is really in the movie theater. He asks if it is over; unfortunately, Fiona tells him that he only slept through the previews and Donkey says he has 3 more hours of children, puppets, and nuns, much to Shrek's distress and he shouts out, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!".

Right before the short film ends, Puss appears from the black background laughing evilly (also similar to Vincent Price) and then hisses.

Voice cast


Coming soon!


The short film was released on September 13, 2011.

Home media

Thriller Night was released alongside Scared Shrekless on September 13, 2011.


The short film received favorable reviews upon release.


  • A 3D version of the short was added in October 2011 to the Nintendo Video service for Nintendo 3DS owners.
  • Despite being just a dream Shrek had, characters who actually did die in any of the previous installments were zombies, which does not make any sense.
    • Lord Farquaad was eaten by Dragon in the first film and probably digested, so it would have been impossible to bury him. He was also once seen as a ghost.
    • The Fairy Godmother exploded in the second film, so it would have been impossible to bury her as well.
    • Mongo would have crumpled up into crumbs and die.
    • Other villains portrayed as zombies who never died were Captain Hook, Cyclops, the Headless Horseman, the Pied Piper, and others.
    • Another continuity error is that Rumpelstiltskin did not die.
  • Though Prince Charming was presumed to be dead after the third film (and even seen as a zombie), he is seen alive and well at the end of the short.




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