Jump Scares In American Horror Story: Asylum

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Synopsis: Set in 1964, American Horror Story: Asylum follows the patients and staff at Briarcliff Manor, an institution for the mentally and criminally insane.

Episodes: 13

TV Parental Rating: TV-MA

IMDb: 8.1/10  Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

Netflix (US): Yes

Jump Scares:  15 (0 major, 15 minor)

Average Jump Scares Per Episode: 1.2

Jump Scare Rating: Although the first episode is quite heavy on jump scares, the rest of Asylum is much less “jumpy” than Murder House. Episodes 5, 6, 9, 11, and 13 are completely free of jump scares.

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

Jump Scare Times

— Episode 1 —

3:21 – Leo puts his hand in a slot and pretends that something has grabbed his arm.

3:52 – Leo sees a hand on his camera screen and then has his arm pulled from the other side of the slot.

6:36 – The lights turn on and Billy is standing right in front of Kit.

10:40 – A bright light shines down on Kit.

37:44 – A hand comes out of the slot and grabs Lana.

45:05 – Teresa shines the torch on Bloody Face.


— Episode 2 —

3:30 – Bloody Face appears in front of Wendy.

16:41 – The possessed boy roars at Dr. Thredson.


— Episode 3 —

33:28 – An Alien is suddenly in front of Jude.


— Episode 4 —

5:10 – During a flashback, Grace opens a door and sees her dad being attacked with an axe.


— Episode 7 —

39:50 – One of Arden’s creatures attacks a nun standing in the doorway.


— Episode 8 —

7:51 – Frank has a vision of Grace looking at him while she is lying on the surgical chair.

8:10 – Frank turns around and Dr. Arden is standing right in front of him.


— Episode 10 —

0:17 – An apparently dead Kit suddenly sits up on the surgical chair.


— Episode 12 —

12:02 – Alma attacks Grace with an axe.

(Major scares in bold)