Jump Scares In American Horror Story: Roanoke

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Synopsis: Documentary style retelling of a married couples’ paranormal experiences after moving to a house on Roanoke Island in North Carolina

Episodes: 10

TV Parental Rating: TV-MA

IMDb: 8.1/10  Rotten Tomatoes: 75%

Netflix (US): No

Jump Scares:  40 (6 major, 34 minor)

Average Jump Scares Per Episode: 4.0

Jump Scare Rating: Roanoke has a darker, less campy feel than previous seasons of American Horror Story. Jump scares are present with an average of around 4 scares per episode.

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

Jump Scare Times

— Episode 1 —

9:00 – A garbage can is hurled towards Matt.

13:57 – The wind causes a door to slam into the side of the house, startling Shelby.

16:42 – A hand pushes Shelby under the water while she lies in the hot tub.

22:39 – A loud gunshot may startle some viewers.

26:19 – Lee begins to talk during a tense scene which causes Shelby to jump in fright.

37:29 – While driving, Shelby looks up and a woman is suddenly standing in the middle of the road.


— Episode 2 —

10:55 – A pig squeals and runs past Matt.

22:37 – Lee sees a pig-like creature in the mirror.

30:34 – The video footage that Shelby and Matt are watching shakes suddenly.

31:06 – A female figure appears in the mirror beside Dr. Cunningham.

37:24 – Matt runs out of some bushes startling Shelby.


— Episode 3 —

19:16 – The Butcher suddenly cuts the candle on the table in half.

20:49 – The windows in the room suddenly break one by one.


— Episode 4 —

2:33 – Shelby opens the shower curtain and is attacked by the pig-like creature (the creature appears again at 2:41 and 3:05).

6:56 – There is a loud bang from upstairs (followed by several more over the next 20 seconds).

7:54 – The pig creature appears suddenly in front of a woman.

9:38 – The Butcher suddenly appears and knocks a jug out of a woman’s hand.

14:59 – Dr. Cunningham appears behind Shelby.

28:13 – Flora runs in front of a car causing the driver to brake suddenly.


— Episode 5 —

9:03 – There is the sound of a pig squealing and a sheet is placed over Edward.

13:34 – A ghost drops down from the roof and grabs Flora.

14:54 – A door breaks.

18:29 – Matt, Shelby, and Flora are suddenly ambushed from behind.

35:53 – During a dream, Shelby opens the bathroom door and is attacked by The Butcher.


— Episode 6 —

7:27 – Water explodes out of the sink.

7:46 – Cupboards suddenly slide across the kitchen floor, several seconds later fire comes out of the furnace behind Sidney.

20:44 – The pig man leaps up from the back of the car and grabs Diana.

25:17 – Agnes breaks a window.

37:56 – The nurses appear as Rory closes a closet door.


— Episode 7 —

2:24 – Agnes stabs Sidney.

26:22 – Matt is grabbed and attacked by the witch.


— Episode 8 —

13:03 – The pig man attacks Dominic.

13:17 – The Chens attack Shelby.

34:59 – Dominic turns around and sees the pig man standing behind him.

38:45 – Lee and Audrey open the front door and see the pig man.


— Episode 9 —

16:27 – A pig walking across the screen is suddenly attacked by a fast moving assailant.


— Episode 10 —

24:43 – Lee steps out in front of the spirit chasers.

26:01 – There is a loud bang from behind Lee.

27:26 – An open door slams as one of the spirit chasers approaches it.

28:12 – One of the Chens drops down from the ceiling and grabs a spirit chaser.

(Major scares in bold)