Jump Scares In The Burning (1981)

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Synopsis: Sadistic caretaker Cropsy returns to a summer camp to seek revenge on those who horrifically burned him when a prank went wrong.

Director: Tony Maylam

Runtime: 91 minutes

MPAA Rating: R

IMDb: 6.5/10  Rotten Tomatoes: 86%

Netflix (US): No

Tags: Forest / Woods Setting, High Jump Scare, Slasher

Jump Scares:  21 (6 major, 15 minor)

Jump Scare Rating: Compared to many other 80s slashers, The Burning creates a surprising amount of tension and executes some effective jump scares. A rather shrill sound effect is used to emphaise most of these scares which might irritate some viewers.

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

Jump Scare Times

3:18 – Accompanied by a loud sound effect, a man suddenly sits up in his bed.

4:44 – Accompanied by another sound effect, the camera cuts to a close up of a skull covered in worms.

7:43 – A burnt hand reaches out to grab one of the doctors. [Video]

20:56 – Sally opens the shower curtain and screams.

31:48 – Alfred sees a figure at the window (a jarring sound effect plays at the same time).

32:34 – A bird flies out as Todd opens a door.

43:09 – A man in a mask jumps out (as a prank), scaring the group. [Video]

48:55 – Cropsy appears as Karen reaches for her dress.

59:09 – Cropsy jumps out of the canoe and attacks the group. [Video]

1:04:27 – Cropsy appears in front of Sally.

1:06:30 – Glazer is stabbed by Cropsy.

1:08:33 – Todd sees Glazer’s dead body.

1:11:26 – A hand from one of the corpses falls onto Michelle.

1:11:34 – A corpse floats to the surface scaring Michelle once more.

1:17:47 – Cropsy’s hand appears from around a corner to grab Alfred.

1:20:27 – During a tense scene Todd puts his foot through a floorboard and falls to the ground.

1:20:49 – Some dirt falls down the mine-shaft startling Todd.

1:21:46 – Accompanied by a loud sound effect, Todd sees a corpse. [Video]

1:24:55 – Cropsy’s disfigured face suddenly appears on screen (once again accompanied by a loud sound effect. [Video]

1:25:31 – Several short sharp flashbacks over the next 20 seconds may startle some viewers.

1:26:53 – Cropsy leaps up to attack Todd and Alfred. [Video]

(Major scares in bold)

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