If anyone needed any last-minute convincing that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina won’t land at Netflix this week bearing any resemblance to its TV sitcom predecessor, the show’s opening credits have arrived to set the tone once and for all.
Netflix revealed the all-animated intro sequence via Twitter, and it layers a fun, Vincent Price-flavored audio track (keep an ear out for that spooky, warbling theremin) on top of a graveyard art style lifted straight from the pages of the Archie comics on which Sabrina’s based.
As the credits make clear, Netflix isn’t running away from the comics as a source of visual inspiration. Artist Robert Hack’s illustrations make a convincing transition to the small screen, setting up the feel of writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s stories while promising more of the same for the show itself — which Sacasa also scripted.
New York Comic Con fans were wowed earlier this month when Netflix showed off the series’ darker, more mature vibe with a surprise screening of Sabrina’s first episode. Critics have since followed suit, heaping the love on a show that’s being described as a spiritual successor to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a worthy homage to classic horror films, and just a whole lot of fun.
Now that we’ve got trailers, critical acclaim, and the opening credits, there’s not much left to do but wait for Sabrina (played by Kiernan Shipka) and Salem (played by a cat) to take the stage. Thankfully, the wait’s almost over: Netflix lifts the coffin lid on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina beginning Oct. 26.