Synopsis: Set during the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, a young girl fascinated by fairy-tales escapes to a fantasy world after she is sent to live with her cruel step-father.
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Runtime: 119 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Netflix (US): No
Jump Scares: 6 (0 major, 6 minor)
Jump Scare Rating: Plenty of creepy imagery (in particular the scenes with the pale man an hour in) but nothing that could really be considered a jump scare (other than some minor moments mentioned below). The bigger issue for most are the two or three scenes of brutal violence that are graphically depicted.
Jump Scare Times
The times below are based on the Criterion Blu-ray release, the scares may occur 20-30 seconds earlier in other versions.
22:13 – As Ofelia enters the labyrinth, the fairy lands on what appears to be a rock however it moves to reveal it is actually a faun (while not strictly a jump scare this may startle some viewers).
36:32 – The toad’s tongue suddenly shoots out and takes the bug crawling on Ofelia’s face.
1:00:05 – The pale man’s hand suddenly moves after Ofelia eats a grape.
1:09:11 – Vidal turns around after hearing an explosion, this is followed by a sudden scene change to a car exploding.
1:21:21 – Vidal pulls Ofelia out from underneath the bed.
1:30:46 – While attempting to escape, Mercedes moves the umbrella to reveal Vidal watching her.