SALEM’s Marilyn Manson-ified Opening Credits are Creepy, Cool, and Super Witchy
By Alicia Lutes on April 25, 2014
After premiering to 2.3 million people last week, WGN America’s Salem finally has an opening sequence prepared for episode two. And, well, it’s going to be pretty creepy — though what else would you expect from the musical stylings of Marilyn Manson, eh? Yes, that’s right, the dark goth rocker has teamed up with the series’ composer, Tyler Bates, to create a stunning opener that’s sure to impress both fans of the series and others. Because doesn’t everyone love a good opening sequence?
Dark and macabre with flecks of witchy influence, the ethereally unnerving tune is sure to be spellbinding to the new drama. According to Manson himself, “The song ‘Cupid Carries a Gun’ was the last track we just finished for my new album. The occult and witchcraft [are] so often used in cinema with a heinous disregard for even researching its origins. However, I liked the themes of Salem. It looks at the witch trials without being cliche like most modern films.”
Manson worked alongside the series’ composer Tyler Bates to craft the tune, which started out as nothing more than a bit of fun. “Manson and I wrote a draft of ‘Cupid Carries a Gun’ shortly before I began working on the score for Salem,” explained Bates. “A couple weeks later I saw the title sequence and the song immediately came to mind. I showed it to Manson for fun more than anything, and it inspired us to finish the song that night. The next day I played it for [series creator] Brannon Braga and he said that [the song] was the perfect tone and attitude for the show’s main titles.”
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