Jump Scares In The Abyss (1989)

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Synopsis: A U.S recovery team attempting to salvage a downed submarine encounters what appears to be an alien aquatic species living deep in the Caribbean Sea.

Director: James Cameron

Runtime: 140 minutes (theatrical version)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

IMDb: 7.6/10  Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

Netflix (US): No

Tags: Extraterrestrial, Low Jump Scare, Sci-Fi

Jump Scares:  2 (0 major, 2 minor)

Jump Scare Rating: Despite the presence of aliens, The Abyss is really not a scary movie. There is one tense scene about half an hour in where the crew investigate the submarine wreck and find some dead bodies and a couple of minor jump scares in the middle parts but nothing that should give the average viewer any problems.

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

Jump Scare Times

The timings below refer to the theatrical version, the extended cut or special edition contains an additional 25 minutes of footage but no additional jump scares.

1:15:54 – Hippy spies on the SEALs attaching the warhead to one of the remote operated vehicles. He tries to go back to warn the others but Coffey is standing right behind him.

1:35:39 – Lindsey attempts to radio for help and gets as far as “Deep Core this is Cab One we need assist…..” before sparks come out of the electronics and the power goes out.

(Major scares in bold)

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