César Dávila-Irizarry

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The Best Opening Title Sequences of New TV Shows From 2011

by Ricky D. in TV Blog

3- American Horror Story

The opening title sequence to American Horror Story is extremely unsettling and a fair warning of the dark proceedings ahead. In other words, both the music and images that we see and hear are utterly perfect for any horror series. There’s a lot of symbolism in the opener and the one-minute sequence actually acts as its own mystery, with key plot points that will be revealed over the course of the first season. The music used is an original piece by sound designer Cesar Davila-Irizarry and Charlie Clouser of Nine Inch Nails. The duo also blend in various sound effects to accompany the jittery, abstract editing and the result is far more terryfying than the opening of The Walking Dead.




TIME’s Favorite Cultural Moments of 2011

By Gilbert Cruz

1. The opening credits to American Horror Story

With its abrasive water-dripping and chainsaw-punctuated soundtrack (co-written by a former Nine Inch Nails member) to its disturbing pig fetus in jars imagery to the creepy vintage photographs (what is it about vintage photographs??) to the fantastic choice of typeface (Rennie Mackintosh, for those curious), this short film worked its magic every single time.”

Read more: http://entertainment.time.com/2011/12/27/times-favorite-cultural-moments-of-2011/3



The 50 Best TV Show Theme Songs

6. American Horror Story

Nightmarish” is a nice way to describe the diabolical opening track from hell that chugs along during American Horror Story's morbid title sequence. The evil union of sound designer Cesar Davila-Irizarry and ex-Nine Inch Nails member Charlie Clouser sounds like bones being crushed and souls being sucked from filthy orifices by the Devil's minions. It's that scary.



TV's Most Inspired Title Sequences


American Horror Story

OH GOD THE HORROR. If you can make it through this title sequence without cowering in terror and/or switching off the TV and hiding under a blanket clutching a teddy bear, you’re stronger than us. A veritable portmanteau of nightmare visions, this features olde worlde children’s portraits, bodies in jars of formaldehyde and a man cutting his own neck with shears. It will surprise you not-at-all that this ordeal is brought to you by Kyle Cooper, the man behind the Seven titles, with music from Cesar Davila-Irizarry and musician Charlie Clouser, who we can only assume are mad geniuses from this unsettling slice of score. Every image here relates to something in the show, so save yourself while you can and RUN AWAY FAST.


RESEÑA TV| 10 Razones para engancharte a ‘American Horror Story

5. Unos créditos imposibles de olvidar.

Obra de Prologue, supervisados por el mismísimo Kyle Cooper (el Saul Bass de nuestra era), con música (si se la puede llamar así) de Charlie Clouser de los Nine Inch Nails y los efectos del diseñador de audio Cesar Davila-Irizarry, los títulos de crédito son el perfecto y escalofriante arranque de cada episodio. Uno no sabe si se les ha ido la mano por completo o han medido al milímetro cada uno de sus componentes para provocar el mayor pavor imaginable. El sótano de la casa encantada, protagonista de la serie, y sus inertes objetos que una vez fueron vida (de alguna clase), prometen inquietarnos como lo hacía ‘la casa del terror’ con obvios efectismos pero de innegable eficacia.



One of the most deserved nominations that “American Horror Story” received was in the Outstanding Main Title Design category. The show’s unnerving opening montage of body parts in Mason jars, early 20th century child portraits, and edgy synthesizer music set the tone brilliantly for the disturbing things in the 59 minutes to follow. It’s one critic’s opinion, but I think that the show is a lock to win in this category as well as for Miss Lange.

Jeff York



Welcome To Your Nightmare: “American Horror Story” Opens On A New Look And An Old Track

The song is arguably the show’s most powerful bit of branding”

Mina Hochberg