One of the many notable things about modern film-noir Seven was its reverse credits (scrolling top to bottom, the opposite to the expected direction).

I recently rewatched the brilliant 1950's film-noir Kiss Me Deadly where the credits do the same, disturbing, thing.

Was Kiss Me Deadly first to disturb its audience this way?

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    Interesting question but I don't see how this could be "disturbing" if the credits were going a different direction.
    – Tablemaker
    Mar 7, 2012 at 17:27
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    @TylerShads Well I can confirm that it disturbed me. I think because it breaks the rules that a viewer expects and this makes any viewer uncomfortable. This is clearly the intent in Seven, for example. I was surprised at how odd it seemed in a '50s movie.
    – matt_black
    Mar 7, 2012 at 20:22
  • The movie Stoker also has reversed credits. Probably the most, but not the only, disturbing thing about the 2013 film.
    – user7360
    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:34
  • I know that REPO MAN did it in 1984 ...
    – user42341
    Oct 19, 2016 at 19:43

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According to IMDb there are only 17 movies (including shorts) that uses this rolling down credits technique, the earliest being just the one you used as example: Kiss Me Deadly (1955).

In the list of movies that match this request there's also, as you mentioned, Seven (1999).

Recently, the movie Next (2007) used this approach, making it the last to do so thus far.

If you consider shorts, there are only two:

Here's the IMDb link to the movie list.

  • Awesome! So glad to see an answer this one was bugging me!
    – stevvve
    Apr 2, 2012 at 14:54
  • @Advicer I second the awesome. And I now know that another movie favourite of mine, Repo Man, shares more than a McGuffin with Kiss Me Deadly!
    – matt_black
    Apr 2, 2012 at 17:41

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