Jump Scares in Phantasm (1979)

Phantasm (1979) screenshot
Phantasm (1979) screenshot
Phantasm (1979) screenshot
Phantasm (1979) screenshot

See below for the exact times and descriptions of the 14 jump scares in Phantasm, which has a jump scare rating of 3.0.

Jump Scare Rating: For a classic, Phantasm surprisingly relies heavily on the use of jump scares. Many of them are much weaker than in modern movies, but in the finale there are 1 or 2 effective moments.

Synopsis: After a boy makes a strange observation at a funeral, he seems to be followed by a Tall Man.

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Jump Scares: 14 (3 major, 11 minor)

Reviews: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: R

Director: Don Coscarelli

Runtime: 89 minutes

Netflix (US): No

Tags: Fantasy, Monsters & Mutants, Mystery

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

Jump Scare Times

00:06:31 – The man is suddenly grabbed by the Tall Man.

00:13:54 – As Mike rides his motorcycle the camera pans to the Tall Man. There follows a bang and Mike falls off the bike.

00:25:27 – Mike’s having a nightmare. His bed is suddenly in a graveyard where the Tall Man is buried. Suddenly zombies burst out of the ground and grab his arms.

00:34:00 – A door slams shut.

00:38:16 – As Mike runs towards the Tall Man something scratches across the soundtrack and the Tall Man runs towards Mike.

00:41:55 – Mike opens the box from which suddenly a creature with wings jumps and screams.

00:47:09 – Jodie is suddenly jumped from behind.

00:53:09 – As Reggie creeps through the hall his wife suddenly comes out of a dark corner and screams at him.

00:57:19 – Over Jodie suddenly hands come out of the wall.

01:04:35 – Mike opens the front door and the Tall Man suddenly appears before him.

01:19:36 – Mike pulls back the curtain and sees the Tall Man standing outside the window.

01:20:37 – Behind Mike, the door flies open and the Tall Man is in the doorway.

01:22:28 – The Tall Man suddenly storms out of the bushes.

01:26:24 – After the Tall Man says “Boy” Mike is pulled into the mirror.

(Major jump scares in bold)

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