Jump Scares In The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

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

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Runtime: 108 minutes

MPAA Rating: R

IMDb: 7.5/10  Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

Netflix (US): No

Jump Scares:  4 (1 major, 3 minor)

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.

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

Jump Scare Times

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

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

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

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

(Major scares in bold)

Download a .srt file of the jump scares in The Devil’s Backbone [more info].