4. Veronica Dies In Childbirth - The Fly II
And now we take a violent 180 to look at another opening scene that left fans absolutely fuming, and not in a good way.
This sequel to David Cronenberg's masterful 1986 body-horror classic The Fly was already skating on thin ice given that neither Cronenberg nor Geena Davis, who played surviving heroine Veronica Quaife, opted to return.
While in many ways a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't sequel, The Fly II did itself no favours by killing off Veronica - played here by Saffron Henderson, whose face is seen in just a few quick shots - in the film's first three minutes.
Literally, the opening scene depicts Veronica giving birth to her and Seth Brundle's (Jeff Goldblum) mutant son, the shock of which also causes her death.
Given that Veronica was the film's single emotional tether to the unexpectedly affecting events of the original film, offing her so cruelly and so quickly left fans with a majorly sour taste in their mouths from the outset.
Few sequels have been in quite so much of a hurry to clear the table to make room for the new blood, but as anyone who's seen The Fly II can attest, it's little more than a gooey special effects showcase.