Jump Scares In Donnie Darko (2001)

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Synopsis: A troubled teenage is haunted by visions of a six foot tall rabbit that tells him the world will end in 28 days.

Director: Richard Kelly

Runtime: 134 minutes (1994 directors cut)

MPAA Rating: R

IMDb: 8.1/10  Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

Netflix (US): No

Tags: Low Jump Scare, Loner / Misfit, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Jump Scares:  3 (0 major, 3 minor)

Jump Scare Rating: Overall Donnie Darko is not a particularly scary movie although some might find the scenes with Frank, the six foot tall rabbit, rather frightening. In addition to the three scares listed below, a couple of scenes at 43:10 and 1:03:48 (both involving Frank) may unsettle some people (although neither is really a jump scare).
One Star

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

Jump Scare Times

The times listed below are based on the 1994 directors cut.

1:42:33 – In Doctor Thurman’s office, Donnie screams “I can see him right now” and, accompanied by a sound effect, the camera cuts to Frank who is standing in front of him.

1:53:02 – Ricky (one of the bullies) grabs Gretchen in Grandma Death’s cellar.

1:59:58 – There is a loud explosion on the plane.

Download a .srt file of the jump scares in Donnie Darko [more info].