Jump Scares in An American Werewolf in London (1981)

An American Werewolf in London (1981) screenshot
An American Werewolf in London (1981) screenshot
An American Werewolf in London (1981) screenshot
An American Werewolf in London (1981) screenshot

See below for the exact times and descriptions of the 14 jump scares in An American Werewolf in London, which has a jump scare rating of 3.0.

Jump Scare Rating: Most of the scares in the early part of the movie occur during dream sequences. There is a well done and quite unexpected jump scare at the 33 minute mark just after David wakes from a dream.

Synopsis: Two American friends, David and Jack, are on a backpacking holiday in England when they are attacked by a werewolf resulting in Jack dying and David being badly injured. During his recovery in hospital David begins to suspect that he has himself been transformed into a werewolf.

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Jump Scares: 14 (3 major, 11 minor)

Reviews: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: R

Director: John Landis

Runtime: 97 minutes

Netflix (US): No

Tags: Comedy, Werewolf

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

Jump Scare Times

00:16:16 – David is knocked down by a werewolf which then begins to attack Jack.

00:16:43 – The werewolf attacks David.

00:25:18 – During a dream sequence, a naked David jumps on a deer and begins eating it.

00:28:52 – During another dream sequence, Jack suddenly opens his eyes and growls at Nurse Alex.

00:32:03 – A man opens the front door and is gunned down by some strange looking mutants.

00:32:52 – Nurse Alex opens the curtains and is attacked by a mutant.

00:43:18 – David adjusts the bathroom mirror and sees un-dead Jack in the reflection.

01:02:23 – A werewolf jumps out and attacks a young couple.

01:03:58 – The scene abruptly cuts to a telephone ringing.

01:06:27 – There is a close up of the werewolf’s face and a loud growling noise before the scene cuts to a train.

01:09:17 – The scene abruptly cuts to a lion roaring at a zoo.

01:27:52 – A man is attacked by a werewolf in the movie theater.

01:29:35 – The werewolf bursts through the door to the movie theater.

01:33:10 – The werewolf roars and is repeatedly shot.

(Major jump scares in bold)

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