Everyone loves John Wick. Whether it's the action-packed trailer that's getting us pumped for John Wick: Chapter 2 or a thrillingly violent supercut, we're always down to see Keanu Reeves' badass assassin in action.
This latest bit of Wick internet ephemera is no exception. Check out the video above, in which the dying groans of Wick's hapless victims are replaced with Michael Jackson's signature grunts and squeals.
Polygon has the details on how the crazy "technical meme" came together:
It’s hard to think of anything that would make it better, but YouTube user Dean Wyatt has found a way to do just that. In a new video Wyatt uploaded to the site today, the grunts that masked goons make when they’re shot by Wick have been replaced with Michael Jackson’s high-pitched vocals.
As the enemies go down, Jackson’s voice slides in. The result is one of the funniest types of these videos, which have been dubbed technical memes. The video takes place during one of the first scenes in the movie, after masked gunmen break into Wick’s house and he’s forced to take care of them.
According to Wyatt, the idea came to him while working on another project.
“I was working on a completely separate project to do with The Weeknd and whilst I was sourcing Michael Jackson grunts (don't ask) this idea came straight to me,” Wyatt wrote on YouTube. “Originally I was going to just replace the gunshots but the grunts went too well with everything.“
And that, dear readers, is how how awesome memes are made. To get further pumped for John Wick: Chapter 2, out February 10, revisit the ass-kicking trailer here: