Poll Suggestion: IMDb Poll Board's Great Starts to Utterly Terrible Movies

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Which of these utterly terrible movies* start off with a great opening scene before devolving into a hot mess of a trashy garbage film?

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*Chosen by members of the IMDb Poll Board. Nominated films rated by the respective member with 4 or fewer stars. 

REQUIREMENT: If submitting a film for inclusion, please find a corresponding image in the film's respective IMDb image page to add to the list. The scene must take place in the opening 5 or so minutes of the film (give or take opening credits if the opening credits do not involve the depiction of the film's plot/narrative).
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  • fearing a possible flame war may be born from a lack of quality control on some of the possible future submissions to this poll?

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1014759/mediaviewer/rm4175730689

Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' starts off pretty well, depicting Alice as an underappreciated imaginative young girl who discovers the rabbit hole... but it soon evolves into nightmarish signature Burton mess. 

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I'll include it. But "pretty well" doesn't sound like you think it was a "great start." Do you consider a particular start like this one to be breathtaking? Did it make you openly go "wow!" out loud? That's what I'm looking for.

I'll include your descriptive text but will exclude the latter negative half. That being redundant due to the structure and nature of the poll. Is there a better way to depict the falling down a hole scene that made a big (positive) impression on you that you would prefer to put in place in your option?
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Okay, I see what you mean...  I went through my lowest rated movies, and this was the only one that at least started good, instead of being awful all through.  :)  Let;s try this one:
 
The opening scenes of Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' grabbed me, as it depicted Alice's life and her discovery of the rabbit hole wondrously (no pun intended!).  
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Sweet. Much appreciated and will copy and paste the updated text into its proper place now.
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Thanks!
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I don't have a picture because it's a voice-over narration, but it's got to be the most hilarious opening to a comedy, followed by what I consider one of the worst comedies ever.

Here's the link to the gag, if you don't speak French, you won't get it...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc1aiu2WtzE
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Can you verify the title of this movie? I've taken the liberty and screen-captured the punchline and will upload it to the page when verified.

RRRrrrr!!! (2004)? https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0357111/reference?

"Le 9 mai 1969, à deux kilomètres de la frontière nord du Laos, La 101ème Division d’Infanterie de l’armée américaine progresse vers la colline 937. Pour eux c’est une simple reconnaissance. Pour les Viêt-Cong, la colline 937 est une zone stratégique. La dizaine d’appelés de la 101ème Division, peu formée au combat, devait effectuer cette mission de routine en moins de deux heures. Ils résisteront héroïquement pendant neuf jours.

Ce film ne raconte pas leur histoire."

BTW: That's brilliant bait and switch narration.
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Yes, that's the film :)
Hilarious indeed
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Uploaded the respective still frame to the movie's image gallery. I'll post it when it's approved and published.
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Let me know if you want to add something to the text of this esoteric option to clarify, opine on, or leave it as is.

Your option is now on the list.
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True, true!
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This one: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063350/mediaviewer/rm502540800 is my favorite.

It began so well, the graveyard scene was amazing then you just end up with a trash movie about a bunch of dudes hiding in a house for 1h00, and with and even worse and more simplistic ending where those policemen and angry citizen come of nowhere to kill everyone.
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Can you describe the opening scene? On why it's a great scene? That's the nature of the poll more than the critique of the entire film.
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Can you address my questions Cinephile regarding your choice?
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Cinephile, still waiting for a brief couple of sentences on what made the opening scene notable for you.
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This is a great idea; but I think the requirement to find an image from the first 5 - 10 minutes will put a lot of people off.

Or maybe not; not everyone is as lazy as I am.
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Just name drop the film here with a brief description, and we can collaborate possibly to find a rough scene image if we can.
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In my personal opinion, Easy Rider (1969) starts off quite well, but it just turns into a mess during the second half.
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Looking for more of a nosedive in quality in a given film, somewhat soon after said opening scene.

I haven't seen the film. Do you know if there's a related image in its image gallery here at IMDb?
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Tsar,

This may not exactly fit your criteria. However, Penny Serenade (1941) starts out well but towards the end becomes infuriating.

A childless couple pray for a baby boy. Eventually, they adopt a baby girl. The film shows the baby girl grow into a young girl who dies from a sudden illness. The couple's tears of sadness are turned into tears of joy when the adoption agency provides them with the baby boy that they originally prayed for.
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Sorry, Dan. But that seems to be the opposite of what I'm looking for. Your example seems to be about a good or great movie with a terrible ending.
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Tsar,

I understand. It was worth a try.

Regardless, I become upset every time I see Penny Serenade (1941).
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The closest I can find to your parameters is Alexander's Ragtime Band. But I must say I don't find it utterly awful, but simply mediocre. All the terrible films I have seen don't have a promising start I can remember.

Alexander's Ragtime Band started strong, while it is nothing original and it follows the structure of many musicals, it presents the two lead characters and lovers to be, puts a rivalry between them as they both want to have the spot in a musical number, and they end playing the title song together. We know what follows but it can be done right or bad, and this films odes it bad as the rest of the film has little substance, not great perfomances and never again has a great musical number like the first one.

Picture is of the main characters, is not of the first scene, but I think there isn't one.
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Added to the list. Thanks. Sorry, it took so long to finagle it with the rest of the nominations.
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San Andreas (2015

Its actually really good opening, but later I think this is the most selfish movie about disaster I've ever seen. And the part later found in the movie's story, scientifically wrong, land earthquake don't trigger tsunami. 
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Do you know what image best suits the opening of San Andreas?
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I don't really remember but I think this would work 
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2126355/mediaviewer/rm3422024704
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Put up the image but can you better describe what makes the opening notable?
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The World’s End (2013(
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Can you provide an image corresponding to the film's opening scene and a brief couple of sentences that highlight why you found the opening scene so effective or moving or great before diving off the quality-cliff (TM pending)?
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I didn’t know it’s about the opening scene. I thought it’s about the beginning of the movie, the first half hour or so. I think I have to give you a different movie.
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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071230/...
For now I chose this one.
The opening credits and the opening song are great! So I was looking forward to a cool, classic western movie. A little comedy in it is okay, but it’s over the top and silly.
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Perfect. Thanks Hoekkie.
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Blazing Saddles and Night of the Living Dead? "Utterly terrible"?  Bah!

And nothing was ever great about Disney's latest Alice in Wonderland.
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Stephen,

Would a title would a respectable score from viewers and critics; but which a member (i.e. myself) found awful qualify?
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Whatever you choose is fair game, as long as you can help pick out a decent image for the list and a short paragraph talking about the opening scene before what you perceive the inevitable crash of the film in story, quality, whatever. The skies the limit.
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Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in Arrival 2016

Arrival (2016)

When 12 alien spacecraft appear around the world, a linguist and a physicist are among those recruited to investigate.

This potential sci-fi thriller very soon degenerates into a sluggish and dull melodrama that even the admittedly clever end plot twist / reveal cannot redeem.

3/10 
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The beginning was actually what made me quit, lol.
Not being insensitive at all, but the poor girl that dies in the beginning was too depressing.  I got it to see Amy Adams "fight" aliens, not cry.
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She didn't get to fight the aliens either!

GTCY <3
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BTW, I watched The Mandela Effect on your recommendation, and almost switched it off because of the little girl that died in the beginning.

I'm glad I didn't because I enjoyed the movie.
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Oh, lol... yeah, that was depressing, xD
Sorry.  But it ended happy.  :)
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Since my nephew came along, I don't like to see kids die.
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Oh yeah, I understand.  
If it pays off in the plot or if they come back to life I can put up with it, but I hate it when they just throw dead kids in movies... like, c'mon.
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Arrival has arrived on the list on track 7.
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Arrival is another great movie... throughout.
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IMDbmember, we are in total agreement there. But that's not the point of this particular point. Each slot or nomination is the subjective opinion of the person who nominated it him or herself. That's the very nature of these IMDb Poll Member style polls.
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I understand that.  I'm just sharing my subjective opinion in my posts.
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At first I wanted to join the discussion to defend movie's right to be a dramatic take on sci-fi. 

Then I remembered I'm not actually really interested in that movie (I might see it if opportunity presents itself, but it's far from being high on my "to watch" list nor do I have any enthusiasm for it whatsoever). So I'm not in the position to argue the opinions. 
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I have nothing against "dramatic takes on sci-fi."

I just found this particular film tedious.

Last night I watched Brit Marling's "Sound of my Voice" which I very much enjoyed. Her other movie,  "Another Earth" is possibly the best "dramatic take on sci-fi" I've seen.
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This ought to be a controversial poll and discussion. 

From the depths of what I've seen and from the top of my head, Hitler Kaput (2008) is the case if good title sequences count. It starts with a really impressive and creative title sequence which I can easily compare to a great main-on-end title sequence in Suicide Squad (2016), however, what follows is a very messy and unfunny Russian absurdist comedy with fewer jokes landing anywhere near funny.  

Here's an official screener on YouTube, if anyone wonders, first 2-5 minutes will do to understands the scale of the situation: 
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Video doesn't work. Can you: 1. drop a screenshot image of the opening scene (I guess the credits); 2. write a couple of sentences describing the opening credits and why they're notable?
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Stephen Atwood, my bad. Although it seems that video is only blocked for integration and is still could be viewed here.

Quite basically, there's a creative title sequence, let's just say it does a better job of having characters and gags in one stylistical vein than any scene in the movie itself. 
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Didn't need to see the actual opening credits. I was just asking for an appropriate example/image of the opening scene. Took a couple of screenshots and will upload them afterward.



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Can't think of anything with a great start, but I'll suggest Dark Shadows because the opening had me thinking the story would at least be faithful to the source. The gradual tone shift from dramatic to an unnecessary comedy was weird and made the opening stand out more as comparatively good.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1077368/mediaviewer/rm2326698241
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Maybe, I wrote this one a bit too vague (which is why I'm not so excited about it as when I initially put it out there). 

The poll is more about the opening scene and why it works (more than why the rest of the film stank). Can you better address that in a descriptive sentence or two? 
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Oh, I can probably think of a different title if the poll is about a great opener and ends up being a mediocre to bad.
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I think it is a common answer but I will say Spectre. I remember seeing the unique camera work and watching Bond in this open environment traversing through the event, just amazed me. The costume/set designs were perfect icing to this treat of a scene.

I honestly can't remember anything else about the movie except the movie hammering in Blofeld for no reason and Bond talking to Sedoux on a train.
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Spectre has been added to the list. Let me know if you prefer a better image of the opening scene....
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I think this fits the criteria for me: Due Date (2010).

In the opening sequence, RDJ is talking to his wife over phone and going to airport, but then his car gets hit by a taxi with Jack coming out of it. They have a devilish eye contact and began talking I just felt it was another Hangover fun! But, it turned out be snoozefest with no jokes, no fun and less emotion.

https://m.imdb.com/title/tt1231583/me...
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Added (and slightly grammatically edited).
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Two titles spring to my mind instantly: Stargate (1994) and Nemesis (1992).

I watched Nemesis a couple of days ago, and thought the opening sequence wasn't nearly as good as I remembered. So that leaves Stargate alone as my choice.

I also think the non-stop action opening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) was great, but the rest of the movie was somehow below expectations. I don't think it's an "utterly terrible movie" as the topic suggests, but there's still a contrast with how promising it starts and how it turns out to be average slapstick.