Jump Scares in The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

The Devil’s Backbone (2001) screenshot
The Devil’s Backbone (2001) screenshot
The Devil’s Backbone (2001) screenshot
The Devil’s Backbone (2001) screenshot

See below for the exact times and descriptions of the 4 jump scares in The Devil’s Backbone, which has a jump scare rating of 1.5.

Jump Scare Rating: Relies more on atmosphere than jump scares. A scene just before the 59 minute mark contains the only significant jump scare in the film.

Synopsis: 12 year old Carlos arrives at a Spanish orphanage during the civil war where he discovers a ghost boy named Santi.

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Jump Scares: 4 (1 major, 3 minor)

Reviews: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: R

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Runtime: 108 minutes

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

Jump Scare Times

00:23:47 – Some scissors fall from a shelf while Carlos is filling his water jug.

00:29:27 – The ghost boy appears behind Carlos and touches him on the shoulder before disappearing.

00:43:04 – Carlos is surprised by his friends pulling the curtain beside his bed across while he is sleeping.

00:58:53 – Carlos looks out of a keyhole and an eye suddenly appears. [Video]

(Major jump scares in bold)

Watch with subtitles that warn you about jump scares! Download the .srt file of the jump scares in The Devil’s Backbone. [More info]

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