Jump Scares in Alien (1979)

Alien (1979) screenshot
Alien (1979) screenshot
Alien (1979) screenshot
Alien (1979) screenshot

See below for the exact times and descriptions of the 11 jump scares in Alien, which has a jump scare rating of 2.5.

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.

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

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Jump Scares: 11 (1 major, 10 minor)

Reviews: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: R

Director: Ridley Scott

Runtime: 117 minutes

Netflix (US): No

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

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

Jump Scare Times

00:34:28 – A Facehugger jumps out of the egg and lands on Kane’s helmet.

00:47:39 – Dallas accidentally kicks something over, causing Ripley to cry out in surprise.

00:48:38 – The Facehugger drops onto Ripley’s shoulder.

00:48:55 – The Facehugger twitches as Ash pokes it.

00:56:08 – Blood spurts out of Kane’s chest and a few seconds later an alien bursts out of it.

01:02:58 – A cat hisses and runs away.

01:07:31 – The alien comes into view behind Brett.

01:15:42 – An alien appears in front of Dallas. [Video]

01:23:48 – Ash grabs Parker.

01:31:55 – The cat jumps out at Ripley.

01:46:49 – An alien hand extends out in front of Ripley.

(Major jump scares in bold)

Watch with subtitles that warn you about jump scares! Download the .srt file of the jump scares in Alien. [More info]

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