Synopsis: A young family move into a new home in suburban Illinois where evil forces haunting the house take youngest daughter Maddie captive.
Director: Gil Kenan
Runtime: 93 minutes (theatrical), 100 minutes (extended cut)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Netflix (US): No
Jump Scares: 21 (2 major, 19 minor)
Jump Scare Rating: A large number of jump scares however most of them miss the mark in terms of being truly scary. The clown scene at 36:30 and a scene at 58:30 are probably the only truly scary parts.
Jump Scare Times
6:26 – Griffin goes to open a cupboard door when Eric puts his hand on the other door-knob, startling Griffin.
12:26 (extended edition only) – The washing machine door opens suddenly.
13:23 (theatrical), 18:27 (extended) – Griffin pulls at something in his wardrobe which causes a toy clown and assorted old junk to fall down.
16:25 (theatrical), 21:30 (extended) – A squirrel crawls out of the wall in front of Griffin and Eric.
18:07 (theatrical), 23:10 (extended) – A toy keyboard turns on by itself.
20:48 (theatrical), 25:52 (extended) – A hand from the inside the TV touches Maddie’s hand.
26:44 (theatrical), 31:48 (extended) – Griffin’s comic books have been mysteriously stacked up in a triangular shape.
33:07 (theatrical), 39:16 (extended) – There is a loud thunder clap.
35:18 (theatrical), 41:28 (extended) – A flash of lightning reveals a corpse standing in the room beside Kendra.
35:23 (theatrical), 41:33 (extended) – A hand forms out of the mud and grabs Kendra.
35:48 (theatrical), 41:57 (extended) – The clown suddenly moves onto the floor in front of Griffin.
35:54 (theatrical), 42:03 (extended) – The squirrel jumps at the bars of the cage.
36:34 (theatrical), 42:42 (extended) – Griffin moves the torch around the room and stops on the toy clown, which then proceeds to attacks Griffin. [Video]
37:44 (theatrical), 44:31 (extended) – A tree branch grabs Griffin as he runs down the stairs.
40:01 (theatrical), 46:47 (extended) – A hand appears and drags Madison away.
46:10 (theatrical), 52:50 (extended) – A chair suddenly flies into the wall.
47:39 (theatrical), 54:20 (extended) – Amy touches Eric on the shoulder.
51:32 (theatrical), 58:13 (extended) – Boyd begins to drill a hole through the closet but his hand is suddenly pulled through the hole.
52:25 (theatrical), 59:05 (extended) – Boyd’s hand is repeatedly pulled into the hole by an unseen force.
58:33 (theatrical), 1:05:15 (extended) – Eric reaches towards a figure who appears to be Maddie, however when the figure turns around it is revealed to be a ghost. [Video]
1:13:08 (theatrical), 1:20:12 (extended) – A spirit, standing behind Maddie, hits the camera.
1:20:52 (theatrical), 1:27:55 (extended) – Maddie is suddenly pulled up the stairs.
(Major scares in bold)
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