"['Salem'] looks at the witch trials without being cliché," says Manson.
Marilyn Manson and composer Tyler Bates have written the opening main title sequence for WGN America's drama. The new title sequence premieres in the second episode, which airs April 27.
A first for Manson, the 47-second track is a snippet of "Cupid Carries a Gun," the last track finished for Manson's next album. Bates, who is scoring the series, chose the song.
"The occult and witchcraft is so often used in cinema with a heinous disregard for even researching its origins," Manson says. "I liked the themes of 'Salem.' It looks at the witch trials without being cliché like most modern films."
Bates and Manson wrote a draft of "Cupid Carries A Gun" when Bates began composing the show. "I saw the title sequence and the song immediately came to mind," Bates says. "I showed it to Manson for fun more than anything, and it inspired us to finish the song that night."
"Salem's" premiere on April 20 was watched by 2.3 million viewers, making it WGN America's best telecast performance in more than seven years.