10 Scariest Horror Movie Opening Credits

8. Dawn Of The Dead (2004)

Texas Chain Saw Massacre Opening Credits
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A transformative moment in the zombie genre, Zack Snyder's 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake remains a high point for the director and a fine example of how remakes can stand alongside a vaunted classic by taking a diverging approach.

The 2004 Dawn of the Dead's vicious, post-9/11 recalibration is made clear immediately - first with its 10-minute introductory sequence and then again with its terrific opening titles, which combine amateur video footage with news reports and grimy photography set to the cataclysmic resignation of Johnny Cash's "The Man Comes Around". They do a great job of making it seem as if the world really is coming to an end, while the credits themselves appear and bleed out with a crunch - as if the infection is creasing into the stock itself.

Dawn of the Dead's introductory scene tends to get most of the plaudits for reeling viewers into its unfurling apocalypse, but its opening credits are a portentous suffix that hammers home the scale of what is happening.

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