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My 6 Favorite Opening Horror Title Sequences!

It’s a real shame that most filmmakers don’t put in the effort for opening credit sequences anymore. Sadly when movies stopped having opening credits, thanks to the summer blockbusters of 1989, they also stopped having interesting title sequences.

The Shining

Sure, it’s obvious but that doesn’t stop the hair from standing up on the back of my neck every time I watch it.

Night of the Demons

Psycho

Blacula

Alien

A Nightmare on Elm Street

In addition to loving this title sequence, I also really miss that kick ass New Line logo!



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  • WalkingDeadGuy

    Friday the 13th 3D! 🙂

    • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

      DUN! DUN! DUN, DUN!

    • SuperKilla

      Friday the 13 part 6 too with Jason walking on screen then swinging his machete towards the camera with blood splattering an dripping.

  • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

    The movie is sort of poopy, but Halloween H20’s opening credits are amaze-fucking-ing.

  • Yakushiji Tenzen

    28 weeks later had an amazing opening. Too bad that was the best part of the whole movie.

  • Frank Lloyd Jr.

    Reanimator
    Creepshow
    Zombieland

    • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

      Halloween 5, yes.

    • I Am Colossus

      All of those are good, but Creepshow takes it! Awesome!

  • Mr. Dry

    Final Destination 4 and 5

    • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

      Final Destination 5!!! YES!!!

      • lonestarr357

        The visuals, Brian Tyler’s thundering music and the font looking just like (to my eyes) the one used for ’84’s Nightmare on Elm Street. Pure awesomeness.

  • Calavera Sonriente

    Some of my favorite opening credit scenes are the ones of: Drag me to Hell, House of the Devil, Trick ‘r Treat (’06), Sleepy Hollow, House of 1000 Corpses. Also anything by Tim Burton, if it has one of those fast-paced Danny Elfman themes.

    • Krueg518

      House of the Devil, very good movie.

      • Calavera Sonriente

        It sure is! The pacing is great.

  • Ryan Kuck

    Jugface has a very cool opening credits sequence!

  • Kori Batchelor

    William Malone’s “shuddery credits” from House on Haunted Hill is a fave of mine. Also a fan of Candyman…Philip Glass’ score is just sooooo good.

  • thedvdmonster

    Insidious
    The first 15 minutes of Friday 13th remake

    • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

      Tits

    • Selfie

      Agreed on first 15 mins of F13 remake.

  • Bobby Jones

    the opening of Darkness Falls, the rest of the movie, not so much

  • CTHL

    Tales from the Crypt (series/Demon Knight of course).
    Reanimator (any of em).
    And… the Dawn of the Dead and Hills Have Eyes remakes… same things basically, but I liked em.

  • Lucca Cantisano

    Thank you for this post! I absolutely LOVE title sequences and, as I intend to be a filmmaker someday, I actually already have some of my future credit designs ready in my head! Yes, that’s HOW much I love them…
    About my horror picks, I’d say Carpenter’s Halloween (simple yet effective, and that MUSIC), Rosemary’s Baby (again, the music is everything, and the design of the titles, in the colorful background, wow), The Hills Have Eyes remake (I love this Alex Aja film much more than the original, I must say, and the opening titles are nothing short of amazing: fun, creepy and perfectly setting the tone for the film), and Blood and Black Lace (this Bava film started the giallo movement in Italy and the opening, yet simple, is sexy, colorful and fun).

  • Leebo

    Am I the only one who would look beyond the bloody teeth and yellow eyes and still bang Angela, because it’s not all about looks?

    • Jeremy Wade

      well her and the chic in the pink dress. can’t spell her name at the moment.

      • Sick_skwerl

        Linnea Quigley?

        • Jeremy Wade

          yes . sorry i could not remember how to spell her name correctly. she was great in return of the living dead . her and the tar man zombie make me cringe . the zombie version of her character makes me shiver but before her character turned zombie. the naked dance she did was hot., she got a rocking body even in the movie nightmare sisters

  • Jeremy Wade

    night of the demons will always be better . the remake didn’t have the feel and style of the original . the house they used in the remake didn’t have the run down gothic deserted feel like the one in the original had. i watch the original over 190 times now and still counting . they could have done so much better in the remake

  • James Allard

    Not really horror…. but the opening of North By Northwest is still one of my favorites.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBxjwurp_04

    And yes, it is the music. I celebrate Bernard Herrmann every chance I get.

  • macguffin54

    Not flashy, but the opening credits to Halloween 1978. The music, the black screen and orange letters. So simplistic. Every year at Halloween as soon as I heard those piano chords and the Compass or Trancas logo or whatever it was come up, and the shivers traveled up my spine until the credits ended.

  • lord cemetary

    great selection; the night of the demons intro always creeps me the fuck out, seriously, it’s just to damn good.

    and for being a (sorta) modern horror flick trick r treat has a pretty sweet opening credit sequence.

  • SuperKilla

    Grindhouse. The huge letters moving across the screen then Rose McGowen’s dance opening and Shaun of the Dead.

  • Ulises Castro Mercado

    The intro of the Dawn of the Dead remake.

    • alliedcola

      As a Johnny Cash fangirl, I second that. :3

  • Sick_skwerl

    John Carpenter’s The Thing.

  • Vader the White

    Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Alien, and finally, Trick ‘r Treat.

  • Frank Lloyd Jr.

    Ginger Snaps
    Blood Night: The Legend Of Mary Hatchet
    The Hills Run Red (2009)
    …and the original Carrie (1976)

  • alliedcola

    The first five minutes of Ghost Ship, dayum.

    The Collector/Collection, bonus points for introducing me to Porcelain Raft.

    Not so much horror, but The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is so, so awesome 😀

  • Evan3

    NOES is one of the all time great openings, but seriously… no The Thing? Especially the awesome way the title card is burned upon the screen? Also, a shout out to Return of the Living Dead’s opening title scene. Love it!

  • Josh Batchelder

    This. Just this.

  • Darren Kerr

    If you can class it as a horror film, Se7en has one of the most influential titles sequences…period.

    • David Tucker

      Agreed. Amazing opening. And more NIN is always a good thing.

  • M.Night Shyamalan delivers some pretty great title sequences, though the credit is probably more owed to James Newton Howard’s incredible scores. Signs and The Village come to mind, and those sequences are among the best parts of each movie.

  • M.Night Shyamalan delivers some pretty great title sequences, though the credit is probably more owed to James Newton Howard’s incredible scores. Signs and The Village come to mind, and those sequences are among the best parts of each movie. Really simple but the music just makes it, I still remember shitting myself during the Signs opening cues;

    • That is actually a pretty good point. Yes he has lost his touch but the first trio of films by Shyamalan are pretty good (including the underrated Signs). JNH, the man is a genius.

  • Chaybee1

    “The Conjuring” has one of the best title cards in recent memory. Also, a small film called “I Am A Ghost” floored me with it’s opening sequence and title card. It’s remarkable.

    • David Tucker

      I Am A Ghost was superb. A little dull in spots, but a great concept with some really unnerving, unsettling moments.

  • John Carpenter’s the ward has some pretty cool opening sequences. And although “The mummy” was more adventure than horror, I think it captured the spirit of Egyptian adventure perfectly in the opening sequence/titles! Potentially also “Alien REsurrection” has a great opening while watching the (massive) USM Uriga being unveiled in front of our eyes.

  • Nick Carton

    Evil Dead 2

  • Chrissie-Watkins

    I liked the opening to The Cabin in the Woods. Not creepy, but you were kind of like “ok, what?” (if you didn’t already know what the movie was going to be about), then the title flashes on the screen with this loud noise that makes you jump out of your seat.

  • Derek Bunt

    Night of The Demons was an awesome film and that main sequence really drew me in the first time I watched it. Have you guys seen the Metal version of the main theme?! You need to check it out! – https://youtu.be/ySHvnoWacJ8

  • Selfie

    The Fog (Carpenter version obviously). The remake can f**k right off!

  • fred krueger

    hammer horror movie>>curse of the werewolf had the best opening..plus I luv that movie maybe the best werewolf movie ever made..no comedy just straight horror

  • JB

    It Follows

  • joewaters

    I love the opening to Alien 3 when they segue from that annoying 21st Century logo song into deep eerie space sound. Also love the openings to High Tension, Martyrs, The Descent, Friday the 13th 4-8. ANOES 3, 4, 6. Resident Evil and SILENT HILL!

  • Ken Huber

    A crime this isn’t on the list. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIJpIngQO9A

  • Christensen

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  • Tombomb421

    I always thought that this set up the film really nicely. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j42TrAVceCI

  • Halloween and Re-Animator had great ones as well.

  • Kenneth Tanner

    I think the openings from Wrong Turn are a badass.

  • Martijn ter Haar
  • dejectedchuckle

    Cannibal Holocaust.

  • Jencendiary

    Conspicuous by its absence, The Hunger.

  • Evan3

    I know it isn’t horror, but really, nobody did openings better than Spielberg with Indiana Jones. The music, the shot composition, the action. Brilliance!

  • Anakin Skywalker

    Um……. where’s Return Of The Living Dead?

  • Selfie

    Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives…

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