Jump Scares In Gremlins (1984)

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Synopsis: Billy receives a small furry creature known as a Mogwai from his father for Christmas. After water is inadvertently spilled on it, the Mogwai multiplies and the offspring transform into gremlins who terrorize Billy’s home-town.

Director: Joe Dante

Runtime: 106 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG

IMDb: 7.2/10  Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

Netflix (US): No

Jump Scares:  17 (3 major, 14 minor)

Jump Scare Rating: Surprisingly heavy on jump scares however there is a comedic element to the movie that reduces their impact somewhat.

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

Jump Scare Times

18:04 – Gizmo jumps up from inside the box.

19:14 – Gizmo is startled by the camera flash.

25:28 – Pete accidentally spills some water on Gizmo.

27:09 – One of the new Mogwai snaps at Pete’s finger.

49:50 – A gremlin hand reaches out and grabs Pete as he goes to use the phone.

50:56 – A gremlin comes out of a cupboard. [Video]

53:31 – A glass object is thrown at Billy’s mother.

54:53 – Several plates are thrown at Billy’s mother by a gremlin.

55:19 – A gremlin pokes Billy’s mother from behind.

56:50 – A gremlin, hiding in the Christmas tree, attacks Billy’s mother.

1:00:20 – The YMCA bell rings.

1:00:34 – A gremlin jumps onto Billy’s face. [Video]

1:29:25 – A gremlin appears on the television.

1:31:08 – A saw blade is thrown at Billy.

1:32:00 – A ball hits Billy.

1:37:54 – The skeletal remains of a gremlin jump out at Billy. [Video]

1:39:15 – Billy’s mother turns around and the antique store owner is standing right behind her.

(Major scares in bold)

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