See below for the exact times and descriptions of the 9 jump scares in Poltergeist, which has a jump scare rating of 1.0.
Jump Scare Rating: Not a particularly “jumpy” movie however the toy clown scene just before the 100 minute mark is quite an effective scare.
Synopsis: The Freeling family move into a new house where they are terrorized by numerous ghosts who kidnap Carol, the youngest daughter.
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Jump Scares: 9 (1 major, 8 minor)
Reviews: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes
Director: Tobe Hooper
Runtime: 114 minutes
Netflix (US): Yes
Jump Scare Times
00:23:51 – A ghostly hand reaches out of the TV to meet Carol’s hand.
00:29:18 – Carol’s hand comes up from the bottom of the screen to pull at her mother.
00:36:55 – A giant tree smashes through the window of the children’s bedroom.
01:11:07 – The mother opens the bathroom door to a loud noise.
01:31:01 – A giant skull comes out of the doorway.
01:39:39 – The clown toy appears suddenly and drags Robbie under the bed.
01:40:13 – The scene abruptly cuts back to Robbie under the bed with the clown toy.
01:42:40 – A skull comes out of the water behind the wife.
01:47:36 – A skeleton lands on the wind-shield of the family car.
(Major jump scares in bold)
Watch with subtitles that warn you about jump scares! Download the .srt file of the jump scares in Poltergeist. [More info]
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