Jump Scares In Stranger Things (Season 1)

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Synopsis: A young boy, Will Byers, disappears under mysterious circumstances and his mother, friends, and the town’s police chief must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to rescue him.

Episodes: 8

TV Parental Rating: TV-14

IMDb: 8.9/10  Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

Netflix (US): Yes

Jump Scares:  19 (3 major, 16 minor)

Average Jump Scares Per Episode: 2.4

Jump Scare Rating: Some jump scares however in the context of 6 and a half hours of content they are not particularly frequent. Most of the scares occur in episodes 1, 5, 6, and 8.

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

Jump Scare Times

— Episode 1 —

0:45 – A panicked man bursts through a door.

1:29 – A man is lifted upwards by some sort of creature as the door to the elevator closes.

5:49 – There is a loud noise and Will sees a creature standing on the road.


— Episode 2 —

47:15 – The stereo suddenly turns on in Will’s room which startles Joyce.

52:16 – Barb looks up and the monster appears above her.


— Episode 3 —

0:33 – A monster appears in front of Barb.

38:47 – A monster rushes past the camera.


— Episode 5 —

7:51 – A shadowy figure passes in the foreground.

46:51 – As Jonathan prepares to shoot the wounded deer, it is suddenly dragged away into the woods.

50:02 – Nancy stands on a creature which rears up and roars at Nancy.


— Episode 6 —

0:53 – Nancy sees a monster.

1:47 – A hand reaches out of the opening in the tree causing Jonathan to fall backwards.

6:12 – Nancy has several sudden flashbacks over the next 20 seconds.

26:48 – Several sudden flashbacks may startle some viewers.

42:01 – The monster turns around and roars as Eleven touches it.


— Episode 7 —

39:32 – The monster suddenly attacks Will’s tent.


— Episode 8 —

15:52 – The monster breaks through the ceiling.

34:11 – the monster breaks through the door.

51:22 – The bathroom briefly transforms to the “upside down”.

(Major scares in bold)