Jump Scares In Penny Dreadful (Season 1)

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Synopsis: Well known literary characters such as Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and Abraham Van Helsing unite in 19th century London to fight evil.

Episodes: 8

TV Parental Rating: TV-MA

IMDb: 8.3/10  Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

Netflix (US): Yes

Jump Scares:  12 (1 major, 11 minor)

Average Jump Scares Per Episode: 1.5

Jump Scare Rating: Season 1 of Penny Dreadful has a few jump scares, mainly in the early episodes. The most significant occurs at the beginning of the first episode.

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

Jump Scare Times

— Episode 1 —

1:51 – A window breaks and a woman is pulled outside by an unseen assailant.

16:57 – A head suddenly looks up and snarls from inside the pile of corpses.

42:35 – The camera pans to the window which blows open in the wind, when the camera pans back to Malcolm, Mina is standing right in front of him with red eyes.


— Episode 2 —

31:28 – Madame Kali shrieks and bangs on the table during the seance.

34:21 – An invisible force radiates from Vanessa, extinguishing the candles on the table.

36:46 – Vanessa places her hands on the table, which causes it to crack in several places.

53:53 – A hand bursts out of Proteus’s chest.


— Episode 3 —

38:50 – Fenton lunges at Malcolm.


— Episode 4 —

21:06 – A sudden cut from Ethan talking to Fenton struggling against his chains may startle some viewers.

39:18 – The Master Vampire appears in front of Victor and Malcolm.


— Episode 6 —

39:44 – Caliban grabs Van Helsing.


— Episode 7 —

52:19 – Vanessa sits up and grabs the priest.


— Episode 8 —

41:08 – The vampire opens its eyes and Ethan falls through a trap door.

(Major scares in bold)