The Lists: In Contention's Top 10 Rick Baker contributions to the movies
With 'Men in Black III' on the way, we look at the legendary makeup artist's best work
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3. "Thriller" (1983)
Okay, we're in short film territory here and a music video at that, but Michael Jackson's "Thriller" can't go unmentioned. And what Baker cooked up was no less innovative and influential for the running time, so let's not split hairs. Iconography is an elusive status in the realm of art. Though Baker has no doubt concocted his share of defining works, I'd say his zombie stylings on Jackson's early-80s triumph (directed by John Landis, who helmed three films on this list) have become truly iconic.