Synopsis: The Freeling family move into a new house where they are terrorized by numerous ghosts who kidnap Carol, the youngest daughter.
Director: Tobe Hooper
Runtime: 114 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Netflix (US): No
Jump Scares: 9 (1 Major, 8 Minor)
Jump Scare Rating: Not a particularly “jumpy” movie however the toy clown scene just before the 100 minute mark is quite an effective scare.
Jump Scare Times
23:51 – A ghostly hand reaches out of the TV to meet Carol’s hand.
29:18 – Carol’s hand comes up from the bottom of the screen to pull at her mother.
36:55 – A giant tree smashes through the window of the children’s bedroom.
1:11.07 – The mother opens the bathroom door to a loud noise
1:31:01 – A giant skull comes out of the doorway.
1:39:39 – The clown toy appears suddenly and drags Robbie under the bed. [Video]
1:40:13 – The scene abruptly cuts back to Robbie under the bed with the clown toy.
1:42:40 – A skull comes out of the water behind the wife.
1:47:36 – A skeleton lands on the wind-shield of the family car.
(Major scares in bold)
Download a .srt file of the jump scares in Poltergeist [more info].