This might sound strange, but the most memorable moment for me, from Kill Bill Vol. 1, is the opening credits. It’s basically how it’s set up, you see. It starts with Bill (whom you don’t see) wiping blood off The Bride’s face and telling her that this is more painful for him that it is for her, and then shooting her in the head. The scene is shot in black and white, and the face with blood on it gives this dark, sticky feeling to the whole scene. It’s a pretty good way to start a movie, but major characters getting shot in the opening scene isn’t exactly new.
What elevates it is what follows: The sound of the gunshot shatters whatever conversation The Bride and Bill were having. And in the silence, as the opening credits roll, the music slowly starts up and you hear Nancy Sinatra sing Bang Bang (He shot me down). She has the sort of voice that seems to cut through the music and the lyrics, right to the heart of what she wants to say. The effect, when your mind still retains that image of the blood spattered bride, is chilling.