Jump Scares in Arrival (2016)

Arrival (2016) screenshot
Arrival (2016) screenshot
Arrival (2016) screenshot
Arrival (2016) screenshot

See below for the exact times and descriptions of the 3 jump scares in Arrival, which has a jump scare rating of 0.5.

Jump Scare Rating: Arrival builds significant tension leading up to Louise’s first encounter with the aliens but no jump scares are used. There are a couple of minor jump scares further into the movie but nothing will cause viewers much alarm.

Synopsis: A language professor is recruited by the US government to help communicate with aliens who have spontaneously arrived in 12 different locations around earth.

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Jump Scares: 3 (3 minor)

Reviews: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: PG13

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Runtime: 116 minutes

Netflix (US): No

Tags: Extraterrestrial Life, Sci-Fi, Low Jump Scare

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

Jump Scare Times

00:46:19 – One of the Heptapods places a tentacle on the barrier near where Louise is standing.

01:02:41 – During a dream where Louise is talking to Ian in her room, Louise looks up and Ian has been replaced by a Heptapod.

01:15:47 – The Heptapod places a tentacle on the barrier causing Louise and Ian to be pushed back by an unseen force.

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

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