Credit Check: Bad Things

22 Jan

True BloodA well done title sequence is, I think, a thing of beauty.  It gets you in the mood of the show, primed and ready to go.  It seems however, that as the years pass less and less shows actually have them anymore.  I don’t know if its a push from the networks or an effort by the writers to make up for the screen time lost by the ever encroaching commercials, either way, I miss ‘em.  HBO meanwhile has remained one of the last bastions of this disappearing art.  A fact I have been reminded of over the last few months thanks to an acquired addiction for the show True Blood

True Blood’s opening credits are at once abrasive and intoxicating.  Set to the tune of a dirty, down-home sounding country song by Jace Everett the visuals are an unrelenting barrage of the baptisms, dead rats, gator skins, KKK kids, stripers and catfish.  Its perfect.  It lets you know right of the bat that this is not a show to pull punches, in fact its gonna throw left hooks.  The clash of morbid and sexual images are the stuff pure vampire lore, and the conflict of social images depicted lets you know from the get go that you are not about to watch some sweet home alabama type show.  You are watching the dirty south in all its contradictory, sweaty glory.  

There are of course some choice editing moments as well.  The slow-mo snake bite toward the beginning as well as the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it “God Hates Fangs” church sign are two of my favorites.  If you haven’t seen the show it doesn’t ruin anything and if you’re in withdrawal like me heres a little dose to tide you over till the second season. 

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2 Responses to “Credit Check: Bad Things”

  1. violet January 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    I think the True Blood credit sequence is my favorite part of the show. Certainly, it’s either that, or the little chuckle I get whenever Sookie is all agog that she can’t hear Compton’s thoughts, and I’m sitting there thinking, “that’s because he doesn’t have any”.

  2. mith January 26, 2009 at 1:27 am #

    Damn you.. now I am addicted as well!

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