Jump Scares in Cat People (1942)

Cat People (1942) screenshot
Cat People (1942) screenshot
Cat People (1942) screenshot
Cat People (1942) screenshot

See below for the exact times and descriptions of the 2 jump scares in Cat People, which has a jump scare rating of 1.0.

Jump Scare Rating: Cat People is notable for containing the first recorded jump scare in film, the so-called “Lewton Bus” scene.

Synopsis: An American man, Oliver Reed, falls in love with Irene, a mysterious Serbian immigrant who believes she will turn into a cat if she gives in to her carnal desires.

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Jump Scares: 2 (1 major, 1 minor)

Reviews: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: Unrated

Director: Jacques Tourneur

Runtime: 73 minutes

Netflix (US): No

Tags: Black & White, Low Jump Scare

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

Jump Scare Times

00:44:20 – Alice becomes increasingly nervous as she walks alone through central park at night. A low growl causes Alice to look around and immediately after a bus pulls up in front of her. [Video]

00:52:07 – Alice hears low growling and sees glimpses of a shadow as she swims in the pool, this builds to a sudden louder yowl which causes Alice to scream.

(Major jump scares in bold)

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

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