Every great horror film needs an opening sequence that grabs the audience's attention. The best of these scenes usually provide some combination of a narrative prologue, interesting setting information and a spectacular first kill. Great opening scenes have become such a staple of the horror genre that choosing 10 best without leaving off a classic is almost impossible. We gave it a shot, nevertheless.
Before we even know what Freddy Krueger looks like, we are treated to a series of creepy shots illustrating the assembly of his iconic knife-fingered glove. This opening is genuinely dark and terrifying, a million miles away from the comic tone the series would later develop.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Talk about setting a tone. In its opening moments, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre combines a radio broadcast, two dead bodies and one of the most sickening sound effects in cinematic history to firmly illustrate how gross, unsavory and unpleasant the following experience will be, all in just a couple minutes.