Jump Scares In Poltergeist (1982)

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Synopsis: The Freeling family move into a new house where they are terrorized by numerous ghosts who kidnap Carol, the youngest daughter.

Director: Tobe Hooper

Runtime: 114 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG

IMDb: 7.4/10  Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

Netflix (US): Yes

Jump Scares: 9 (1 Major, 8 Minor)

Jump Scare Rating: Not a particularly “jumpy” movie however the toy clown scene just before the 100 minute mark is quite an effective scare.
One Star

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

Jump Scare Times

23:51 – A ghostly hand reaches out of the TV to meet Carol’s hand.

29:18 – Carol’s hand comes up from the bottom of the screen to pull at her mother.

36:55 – A giant tree smashes through the window of the children’s bedroom.

1:11.07 – The mother opens the bathroom door to a loud noise.

1:31:01 – A giant skull comes out of the doorway.

1:39:39 – The clown toy appears suddenly and drags Robbie under the bed. [Video]

1:40:13 – The scene abruptly cuts back to Robbie under the bed with the clown toy.

1:42:40 – A skull comes out of the water behind the wife.

1:47:36 – A skeleton lands on the wind-shield of the family car.

(Major scares in bold)

Download a .srt file of the jump scares in Poltergeist [more info].