When Aston Villa Fans Were Famous Thrillers

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Remember that Lenny Henry Thriller Video?

For some reason the line “These guys are really frightening and they look as if they’re fans of Aston Villa” has stuck with me for about 20 years.

It was two years after Aston Villa had won the European Cup and months after Michael Jackson’s Thriller was the biggest album on the planet, that I first heard the line. It comes from the Lenny Henry Thriller spoof of the John Landis (American Werewolf in London) directed 13-minute video of Jackson’s Thriller.


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Wacko Jacko Thrilling


Actually, until I revisited it today, I remembered the line as: ‘These guys are really weird, they must be fans of Aston Villa.’ Maybe it was my memory’s attempt at improving the writing of the Lenny Henry Thriller sketch, which was the epitome of mainstream BBC comedic humour of the 80’s.

The Villa-supporting zombies though remain a classic image and a pleasant surprise to Villans at the time. Oh, if only we had Twitter at the time.


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I’m sure these supporters harp on about when they saw Villa in the old Third division.

Check out the Aston Villa scarf waving zombies in the video below…at the 3.55 min mark. And for the younger generation, this is about as funny as comedian Lenny Henry got.



If nothing else, it’s a fancy dress idea for the last away game of the season…although, it’ll be hard to beat those traffic cones of last season.


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