Filipino Prisoners vs. Michael Jackson, Part 2

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The King of Pop is gone, but the Filipino prisoners who became an online hit with their faithful recreation of his “Thriller” video are back. Michael Jackson was reportedly a fan of the Cebu Provincial Detention And Rehabilitation Center dancers, and now his choreographer has taught them the routines from his posthumous concert flick, This Is It. It’s pretty slick, but not real exciting unless you like giant human peace symbols made up of guys half-assedly fist pumping. Compared with the exuberant original, the thrill is gone.

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