Jump Scares In Alien (1979)

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Synopsis: The crew of the space ship Nostromo receive a distress call from a nearby vessel where they discover a malevolent alien life form.

Director: Ridley Scott

Runtime: 117 minutes (original cut)

MPAA Rating: R

IMDb: 8.5/10  Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

Netflix (US): No

Tags: Body Horror, Extraterrestrial, Sci-Fi, Survival

Jump Scares:  11 (1 major, 10 minor)

Jump Scare Rating: Relies more on it’s claustrophobic atmosphere than jump scares. The most effective jump scene occurs about 75 minutes into the movie.

WARNING: The jump scare descriptions listed below may contain minor spoilers
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Jump Scare Times

34:28 – A Facehugger jumps out of the egg and lands on Kane’s helmet.

47:39 – Dallas accidentally kicks something over, causing Ripley to cry out in surprise.

48:38 – The Facehugger drops onto Ripley’s shoulder.

48:55 – The Facehugger twitches as Ash pokes it.

56:08 – Blood spurts out of Kane’s chest and a few seconds later an alien bursts out of it.

1:02:58 – A cat hisses and runs away.

1:07:31 – The alien comes into view behind Brett.

1:15:42 – An alien appears in front of Dallas. [Video]

1:23:48 – Ash grabs Parker.

1:31:55 – The cat jumps out at Ripley.

1:46:49 – An alien hand extends out in front of Ripley.

(Major scares in bold)

Download a .srt file of the jump scares in Alien [more info].