Jump Scares in Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins (1984) screenshot
Gremlins (1984) screenshot
Gremlins (1984) screenshot
Gremlins (1984) screenshot

See below for the exact times and descriptions of the 17 jump scares in Gremlins, which has a jump scare rating of 3.5.

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

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.

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Jump Scares: 17 (3 major, 14 minor)

Reviews: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: PG

Director: Joe Dante

Runtime: 106 minutes

Netflix (US): No

Tags: Christmas, Comedy, Monsters & Mutants

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

Jump Scare Times

00:18:04 – Gizmo jumps up from inside the box.

00:19:14 – Gizmo is startled by the camera flash.

00:25:28 – Pete accidentally spills some water on Gizmo.

00:27:09 – One of the new Mogwai snaps at Pete’s finger.

00:49:50 – A gremlin hand reaches out and grabs Pete as he goes to use the phone.

00:50:56 – A gremlin comes out of a cupboard. [Video]

00:53:31 – A glass object is thrown at Billy’s mother.

00:54:53 – Several plates are thrown at Billy’s mother by a gremlin.

00:55:19 – A gremlin pokes Billy’s mother from behind.

00:56:50 – A gremlin, hiding in the Christmas tree, attacks Billy’s mother.

01:00:20 – The YMCA bell rings.

01:00:34 – A gremlin jumps onto Billy’s face. [Video]

01:29:25 – A gremlin appears on the television.

01:31:08 – A saw blade is thrown at Billy.

01:32:00 – A ball hits Billy.

01:37:54 – The skeletal remains of a gremlin jump out at Billy. [Video]

01:39:15 – Billy’s mother turns around and the antique store owner is standing right behind her.

(Major jump scares in bold)

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

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