1500+ Prisoners Doing The Thriller Dance

Remember that Wedding Thriller Dance video I posted back in January? Well, here’s another one featuring over 1,500 Filipino prisoners. That’s right, every dancer is an inmate of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Cebu, Philippines. I wonder if making them do the dance was a punishment or a reward?

Source: Michael Kwan

63 thoughts on “1500+ Prisoners Doing The Thriller Dance”

  1. I saw this on the news yesterday night and I couldn’t believe it. All these bad people working together? Wth?

    1. mahdi yusuf says:

      i seriously doubt there real inmates, if they are they cant be that dangerous if they do that fruity crap!

      1. major says:

        Yes they are real inmates! I’m from the Philippines, the prison director asked them to do it as part of their daily exercise, it just shows that though they are inmates, they are still humans that can be disciplined.

        1. I saw it first here on Johnchow dot com and then recognised it when it was showed on
          TV prime time news too, here in France. The presentator said that it was seen 2,000,000+ times. That’s a viral social video. Web 2.0.

          If you want to see my daily progression about web 2.0:
          Greetings from France John.

    2. Ramil says:

      They are all not bad. Some are jailed even if they are innocent. If you have the money, it’s hard to put you in jail. Cebu, Phils.

      1. nice video and i added it to avideoaday.com

        thanks for sharing

  2. Not sure why.. But for some reason it’s really disturbing.

    1. i’m sure you haven’t read the full story

      it’s actually a pretty effective scheme in terms of improving the inmates behavior

      2 of the inmates have become dancers after getting out

      if you know it all, you’d agree that it’s pretty cool

  3. Mike says:

    Wow, prison looks like so much fun!

    1. true

      wish you were there 😀 😀 😀

  4. Mike says:

    Looks like prison is a lot of fun!

    I mean aside from the daily anal rapings and dungeons…. and did you see that girl??? she was hot!

    Perhaps the Phillipines will be the new model of rehabilitation….

    1. well, you watched too many us prison movies

      and you need a pair of glasses, it’s a man!

  5. Chanya says:

    Shock and awe. Hey, I just did a post about you on my site. Actually, it’s about you AND John Cow dot com.

  6. Hmm not really something I would expect from inmates.

    Were they promised some kind of reward if they performed this dance?

    1. no, it’s compulsory to do the dance routine, and it’s had some good effect on the prisoners

  7. Jay Tillery says:

    Hilarious! Maybe it’s a cooperative exercise. I think it’s awesome.

  8. Justin Smith says:

    Holy crap, was that ever funny. Although I’m pretty sure the “girl” was another inmate.

    1. dcr says:

      Question is, did he voluntary dress the role, or was that his punishment for something? ❓

  9. Angel says:

    I remember seeing this for the first time and just being utterly confused by it.

  10. Michael Kwan says:

    Heh, thanks for the link John. Glad you enjoyed the video.

    1. good find, michael

  11. me says:

    Signed up for your moronic text link ads crap and got rejected. what kind of crap is that? why would you lie and say you make money with them? no wonder google banned you.

    1. John Chow says:

      If you got rejected, it means your site was crap, which may explain why you didn’t include your site in your comment.

      1. Softsled says:


        Don’t hold back. Dell him what you really think! 😈

      2. Cash Quests says:

        Ouch! Someone just got whipped back into line!

        1. lol, Nice apt answer John. Guys like this crack me up. Do nothing, expect everything and lash out when they dont get it.

  12. Softsled says:

    Hilarious…in a weird disturbing way. I bet the girl ❓ got lucky that night.

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      Or VERY unlucky, as the case may be. Prison rules prevail.

      1. Softsled says:

        Unlucky is definitely a better word.

        1. You can never be too sure. 😯 With that said, I wonder if (s)he volunteered to play that part, or if it was just “You’re the chick, bitch!”.


  13. Maria Palma says:

    Thanks for the laugh, John! Hey – everyone needs a little pick-me-up now and then – even inmates…

  14. Colin Dean says:

    No one since Vincent Price has been able to do the horror voice better than he.

  15. This is one cool video! This would be a good thing to bring to the U.S. !

  16. Tyler says:

    I think if we show this to young kids in the U.S., crime might actually go down.

  17. This video is all over the news here – Very funny!

  18. InvestMe says:

    people here in the philippines are well disciplined! an enjoying part as pastime for filipinos 😎

  19. InvestMe says:

    filipinos are entertainers really! 😆

    1. All people are entertainers really

  20. That looks like soooo much fun! I want to learn the dance too 😀 They all look like professional dancers to me, they were really good!

  21. Jeff Kee says:

    Saw this on the Leno show last night. Amazing. Or was it the Craig Ferguson show? Whichever it was it’s pretty funny!

  22. Nathan Roe says:

    doesnt look like a punishment to me

  23. mason says:

    hahahaha wtf. I saw this before and it’s very fascinating how the prisoners play along with it.

    1. Geedos says:

      Yeah they really look like they’re getting into it! Haha!

      I wonder what the punishment was if they didn’t perform it well enough?!? 😥

  24. Mybloggo says:

    awesome 🙂

  25. Fable says:

    Haha! That’s awesome. I’ve submitted this to Digg: link


  26. Ramil says:

    They are real inmates 😉 There’s also a Chinese , I think, that showed Wushu in that jail.

  27. Over The Web says:

    lol :mrgreen:


    but who’s the girl?! O_o she looks like a monkey 😐

  28. Jason says:

    Hey John man, you can’t directly link to the video any more.

    1. I will never understand why uses do this. Is YouTube fame more important than letting people see the video?


  29. Yeah, it says you have to go to youtube to view…
    Anyway…that video has got to be staged…pretty funny…thanks for sharing John

  30. At least they dont get bored. 🙄

  31. Not funny… is bored

  32. Freebies says:

    The video doesn’t work now, but I saw it elsewhere. Freaky!

  33. I had seen this before reaching this entry, but I just thought that I would let you know that this video was on Best Week Ever this week also! I feel bad for the guy who had to play the woman in the video. I can imagine it got some of the prisoners feeling frisky.


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  35. Geedos says:

    Shouldn’t they have danced to “Bad”?? 😮

  36. Click Input says:

    That is one of the coolest things I have seen, wonder how they got all the prisoners to do it… better meals?

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