Creepy Television Opening Credits

I was thinking about opening credits of television shows the other day, and it occurred to me that some shows have some exceptional credits to open with, whether those shows be good and bad. Some of these credits stick with us because they are awesome, some because they are fun, some because they are annoying, and others because they linger after the fact because they got under your skin. Seeing as this is the month of October and all that, I figured I would take some time to pick out some opening credits for shows that I loved for all sorts of reasons, but the primary reason being that they are all hair-raising in some way. I would not call this the definitive list, but here are five choices.

If you have opening credits that you would like to have added to the list, give me a shout with a reason why (email me or just stick it in the comments) and I will most certainly put it up here!

Hannibal

Okay, right off the bat we all know that I am a huge Hannibal addict. In fact, when it was announced that NBC would not be continuing with the show, I went into a mourning state. How dare those bastards cancel such a great show?! I hope another network picks it up and continues, but if not? Season three ended flawlessly, so even if that is the end of our journey, it was at least a good one. Now, the intro of Hannibal is perfectly suited for the show – stark, clean white background with these face moulds that are drenched with red blood liquid to enhance their features and that tune that is just poignant, understated and chilling the entire time. The Hannibal intro highlights the fact that less is certainly more sometimes. It didn’t go overboard for guts, gore, or darkness, but it went for white, stark and creepy – definitely drives home the entire concept of the show!

The X-Files

This is likely going to be the most well-known intro of the list, and for a damn fine reason! The X-Files was an excellent show that I absolutely loved watching with my folks when growing up (I know – I was way too young to be watching it with them but they had no qualms and I was totally not going to complain). The into is scary, it is weird, it’s awesome and entertaining as hell – that tune is infamous for a reason and speaks of nothing but bizarre and freaky, and the images as they are displayed on screen? They  just fit. In fact, as soon as I am free of my exams I am definitely going to be doing an X-Files marathon – I just can’t wait!

I apologise – again something I cannot get to play while embedded in the post!

True Detective

A show that ran rampant and gained incredible popularity for all the right reasons (well, season one at any rate – I haven’t heard anything good about season two thus far). Dark country song Far From Any Road sets the tone and scatters disjointed images of the South, factories, Rust and Cohle, religion, desolation, stark reds, fire, plenty silhouettes and just more plain down strange to drive the point home. The opening credits linger, and really get you into the feeling of a season that was executed with precision and really chills you to the bone. The credits don’t rush, which reflects the show down to a tee, and they are weird, which really captures the essence of what True Detective season one had in spades.

American Horror Story

Come on, no matter what happened with this show, the intro has always been one to scare the hell out of people (with the exception of Freakshow – which had so much wasted potential). I have uploaded a compilation of the seasons and their respective intros, because while that disturbing music plays, the most grotesque and spine-chilling pictures/short clips play on the screen, and they are all so dark and messed up and absolutely perfect. They are like the epitome of freaky, horror filled opening credits. It is a pity that eventually the show no longer reflected the super wicked intros – maybe Hotel will be the redeemer, but I have my doubts. I know that this is a great choice because I have plenty of friends who get too unnerved to watch the intro for this show (and even struggled with the content of the first two seasons) and so they always skip it. Now, if that does not attest to the forbidding nature of the intros, then I don’t know what does.

True Blood

I am sure most people are familiar with True Blood, the show renowned for all its insanity and the way it embraced its absolute cheesiness and ludicrous nature and played it up for seven seasons, that was fun but went downhill at a crazy pace. However, the one thing that was always excellent about the show was its intro. Jace Everett’s Bad Things was an excellent choice for song, being all heavy and seductive, and meanwhile there is this montage of all this crazy stuff – lonely swamps, kids with bloody mouths (but fruit people!), religious exorcisms or just getting real up close and personal with the Spirit, river baptisms, highly sexualised encounters, dancing, all flickering across the screen? I thought it was brilliant, and I have always loved it. Truly a great piece.

Salem

Now this is a great intro that peeves me no end. Why? Because the show freaking sucks and does in no way reflect the intro really at all. Which is a real pity. When I hooked the show up to watch and it opened with a brand spanking new  Manson track (Cupid Carries A Gun) I was so amped. The song is suited, brash, in your face, haunting, all underscored with this insane little intro – I mean people were bound to chairs, dumped in water, hung, full moons, flames, torture and messed up dolls swinging in trees? Scratchy writing naming the cast? Sweet goodness, sign me the hell up! That was freaking fantastic! However, in no way does it really highlight what is coming, which will rankle me for life. I mean just watching the intro again I am amped to watch it, except, sadly for me, I know what an immense disappointment it will be.

Daredevil

Ah, how could I forget this one?! It’s unforgivable! Thanks to Adam over at Consumed By Film, this has to be put up here. Daredevil’s intro is sullen and dark, what with everything bleeding red tones and being built up with images taking shape, the symbolism of religion and justice, it all comes together in a very chilling way and is all highlighted with that beautiful tune that builds into a driving crescendo as the credits continue. Adam is right, it is so moody and eerie, two words to perfectly sum up the intro. Daredevil itself is dark, gritty, and heavy, and the intro does not miss a beat when it showcases all these things seamlessly in the opening credits.

The Twilight Zone

The lovely Miss Mutant of Cinema Parrot Disco volunteered The Twilight Zone, providing the following:

I’d add my favorite TV show EVER. It’s not “creepy” in the same way these are but the music became so iconic and is so often spoofed now for when anything is “weird”.

Sleepy Hollow

Vic of Vic’s Movie Den has said that Sleepy Hollow has a creepy into, and so I have added it to the list!

Review: The Lords of Salem (2013)

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“On a rare occasion, a special child appears.”
– Megan

In the 1600’s, Reverend Jonathan Hawthorne (Andrew Prine) is intent on ridding the world of the Salem witches. Naturally, a wicth hunt would ensue, and he eventually rounds them all up. They suffer immensely at the hands of him and his cohorts, and are rid from the world for good. However, a deathbed curse from Margaret Morgan (Meg Foster) for the future women of Salem and Hawthorne’s descendants could be far worse than he anticipated.

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“We’ve been waiting, Heidi… We’ve always been waiting.” – Margaret Morgan

Heidi Hawthorne (Sheri Moon Zombie) is a radio DJ in the small town of Salem, Massachusetts. Her partners is crime are Herman ‘Whitey’ Salvador (Jeffrey Daniel Phillips) and Herman Jackson (Ken Foree), and together they are the Big H Radio Team. Heidi receives a package at the radio station, and it contains a “gift” from the Lords. The record has some freaky sounds on it, and soon they play the band on air, but the record plays backwards. Their guest on the station, Francis Matthias (Bruce Davison), is an expert and published author of the Salem Witch Trials, and he begins digging around more in depth into the town’s history, as well as the inhabitants and their family lines.

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So visually stunning to look at, but lacks in other places.

Heidi’s world soon starts to slide. She is not one hundred percent sure what it is, but her head is being messed with. Their is no new tenant in apartment five, though she knows that she saw someone there. The recordings of the Lords of Salem, as they were dubbed, seem to have affected the women in town. Heidi is experiencing the flashbacks, and she is not looking good. Whitey starts to worry that she may have slipped back into her druggie ways. Hallucinations and flashbacks plague her, crippling her mind more and more. Another wooden box arrives at the station from the Lords, containing everything they need to host their massive gig – posters, tickets, the works. The Big H listeners are loving the Lords of Salem.

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“Satan! Come to us! We are ready!”

Heidi’s landlord and her sisters, Lacy Doyle (Judy Geeson), Megan (Patricia Quinn) and Sonny (Dee Wallace) take a direct interest in Heidi, and how they plan to use her to resurrect Satan and Morgan. However, Heidi is still fighting to stay in her place, and the three sisters are fighting to have her no matter the cost, and they will not let anything come in their way and stop them. The ancient curse seems binding, but will Heidi be able to shake it, survive it, emerge the victor? Or is she doomed to suffer for her ancestors and their mistakes?

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I would rate Lords of Salem 6/10. It was not a bad movie, and it was visually beautiful to look at (all the time), it just felt at times things were a little jumbled. It had creepy looking things to see, but the film was not scary. It is very reminiscent of old-school horror, and that I have no problem with. The soundtrack was awesome (yes, I am a John 5 junkie). I don’t understand why so many people negatively commented on Sheri Moon Zombie being too old for her role (I heard that from a lot of people). She was pretty much where she was supposed to be – she was not supposed to be a young, sprightly spring chicken. She was supposed to be a seasoned but recovering drug addict who is putting her life back together and working at a radio station. I don’t know why people thought she was supposed to be extremely young? Or I missed it and pegged her age and life experience (as hinted at) to belong to someone more mature. But irrespective of all of that, the film was not bad. I was slightly let down, because this film was seriously hyped up, but just to see the look of the film I would watch it again. The film content was a lot more serious than anything we have really seen from Rob Zombie in a while, and that was really cool.