Jump Scares In American Horror Story: Murder House

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Synopsis: The Harmon family move into a recently restored mansion in Los Angeles unaware that the ghosts of former residents haunt the house.

Episodes: 12

TV Parental Rating: TV-MA

IMDb: 8.1/10  Rotten Tomatoes: 74%

Netflix (US): Yes

Jump Scares:  29 (1 major, 28 minor)

Average Jump Scares Per Episode: 2.4

Jump Scare Rating: Murder House contains more jump scares than other seasons of American Horror Story however very few of them are particularly shocking (the exception being a scare near the beginning of episode 11).

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

Jump Scare Times

— Episode 1 —

4:26 – Brian shines the torch on Troy to reveal his throat has been cut.

18:40 – Vivien turns on the attic lights to reveal a rubber suit which causes her to scream.

30:23 – The bloodied twins appear behind Vivien.

43:55 – Various disturbing images flash across the screen over the next minute or so.


— Episode 2 —

1:15 – A hand bangs on the window.

5:24 – A man suddenly stabs the tied up nurse several times.

10:25 – The burglar alarm goes off during a tense scene.


— Episode 3 —

38:01 – Larry hits Hayden in the head with a shovel.


— Episode 4 —

17:07 – Addie, who is hiding under a bed, grabs Violet’s ankle.

19:11 – Violet turns around and a man in the rubber suit is standing right in front of her.

31:30 – Addie runs onto the street and is struck by a car.


— Episode 5 —

22:07 – Something explodes in the microwave (with bloody results) as Vivien slowly approaches it.


— Episode 6 —

16:50 – The pig man rips open the shower curtain and attacks Derek.

23:21 – Derek opens the shower curtain to reveal a dead man with bloodied eyes.

31:24 – The ghosts of several people suddenly appear as Violet tries to run away.

36:55 – A man opens the shower curtain and shoots Derek.


— Episode 7 —

20:49 – Nora looks in the crib and a hissing noise causes her to turn around.

26:28 – A deformed child leaps out of the shadows at Violet.

28:11 – The ghost of one of the nurses appears behind Violet.


— Episode 8 —

34:39 – The man in the rubber suit grabs Vivien from behind.


— Episode 9 —

15:19 – Tate begins talking behind Constance.


— Episode 10 —

14:51 – Tate puts his hand over Violet’s mouth.

24:21 – Travis appears behind Larry.

27:24 – Ben wipes the steam off the window to reveal the man in the rubber suit (who then attacks him).


— Episode 11 —

1:03 – A box falls down.

1:49 – Thaddeus grabs Tate and drags him away.


— Episode 12 —

18:10 – The twins briefly appear behind Gabriel.

28:54 – The deformed child jumps down from the attic in front of Stacy.

31:16 – The mutilated body of Elizabeth looks up at Miguel.

(Major scares in bold)