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Season Four Title Sequence
No explosion here, just the rapidly frantic beating of crow's wings giving a feel of panic and confusion. Crows have long been associated with magic and occult, so a good way to portray the sinister, malevolent angels of the Winchester world. Done in black and white photography, the sequence really sets the mood of gloom and depression, and anyone who remembers the Birds (also film in black and white), understands the terror and death that follows those rapidly beating wings. Certainly announces the coming of the angels, even down to their dark shadowy wing silhouettes.
The lighting and contrast in the sequence, black wings against the white sky, enhances the split between life and death, good and evil. The sequence then slowly begins to materialize the blood red "SUPERNATURAL", evoking all those feelings associated with the color. As the wings fade to an all black background, we're returned from ancient times to the present day. The rapidly zooming, in and out focusing of the letters repeats the panic and confusion of the present time reminding us of the Winchester's dark, violent, and deadly reality.
This is the only audio track that includes a scream, a terrifying one at that, which always struck me as unusual as ear-piercing, blood curling screams are a mainstay of horror. However, after this title sequence, no way you could think anything from that world would be anywhere near our sense of reality. The title sequence does its job.