Jump Scares in Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Maximum Overdrive (1986) screenshot
Maximum Overdrive (1986) screenshot
Maximum Overdrive (1986) screenshot
Maximum Overdrive (1986) screenshot
Maximum Overdrive (1986) screenshot
Maximum Overdrive (1986) screenshot

See below for the exact times and descriptions of the 4 jump scares in Maximum Overdrive, which has a jump scare rating of 1.0.

Jump Scare Rating: There are a few minor jump scares at the beginning of the movie. None of them is particularly scary, though. Only the one around 1:04:30 mark might startle more sensitive viewers. The movie’s atmosphere is very light in general and everybody should handle the whole picture with ease.

Synopsis: As the Earth gets caught in the tail of a passing comet, machines on the planet’s surface rebel against their former masters, humans. A group of people finds refuge in a gas station and attempts to survive and fight off rogue trucks gathering to feed on gasoline.

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Jump Scares: 4 (1 major, 3 minor)

Reviews: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: R

Director: Stephen King

Runtime: 98 minutes

Netflix (US): No

Tags: Action, Book Adaptation, Low Jump Scare

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

Jump Scare Times

The jump scare timings listed below are based on a theatrical viewing and are approximate only.

00:09:28 – A gas pump nozzle suddenly splatters a man’s face with gasoline (accompanied by a loud sound).

00:11:28 – An electric knife turns on and cuts a woman’s arm (again, accompanied by a loud sound).

00:30:33 – A lawnmower turns itself on.

01:04:25 – Seemingly dead man suddenly gets up with a scream.

(Major jump scares in bold)

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