12 Movies You Can Stop Watching After The Opening Scene

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Is there anything better than a killer opening sequence to get an audience going?

Maybe it’s the still electrifying late night swim which opens Steven Spielberg’s iconic great white blockbuster Jaws, all moonlight and that unforgettable score. Maybe it’s the daring POV-style killing which starts the carnage of John Carpenter’s Halloween, with its vintage synth score and shaky verisimilitude. Maybe it’s that great bit in Lake Placid where a world weary Brendan Gleeson sees some guy get torn in two by a massive crocodile.

In any case, the answer is yes. Yes, there is something better than a killer opening sequence, and that is a great movie. After all, there’s nothing worse than the sinking realisation that nothing else in a flick is going to live up to its dynamite opening. It’s uniquely disheartening, the crushing moment when an incredible opening sequence ends and the audiences slowly starts to see that the otherwise-forgettable feature film could as easily have been cut down to a great short.

With that disappointment in mind, we here at WhatCulture have opted to collate a list of movies which are well worth watching for their great opening scenes—and nothing after that.

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