SFX Magazine recently released the results of a poll it conducted seeking science-fiction/fantasy fans’ Top 10 Film Special Effects. Given my penchant for Top 10 lists, I just couldn’t pass this one up. So here’s their list: 10) Train fight from Spider-Man 2; 9) The “chest burster” from Alien; 8) Matrix bullets; 7) Gollum from The Lord of the Rings; 6) Krell machinery in Forbidden Planet; 5) The T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day; 4) The skeletons from Jason and the Argonauts; 3) The spider head from 1982’s The Thing; 2) The climax of 1933’s King Kong; and 1) The opening Star Destroyer shot from Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope.
That list is hard to argue. I'd have to dump the Forbidden Planet one (since I've never seen it), and add the entire sequence from Matrix Reloaded starting with Neo's battle with multiple Smiths and cut right after the two semi trucks collide. Incidentally, that extended sequence I contend is the over-the-top king of all action sequences ever filmed.