Jump Scares in The Hitcher (1986)

The Hitcher (1986) screenshot
The Hitcher (1986) screenshot
The Hitcher (1986) screenshot
The Hitcher (1986) screenshot
The Hitcher (1986) screenshot
The Hitcher (1986) screenshot
The Hitcher (1986) screenshot
The Hitcher (1986) screenshot

See below for the exact times and descriptions of the 11 jump scares in The Hitcher, which has a jump scare rating of 2.5.

Jump Scare Rating: Although there are 11 jump scares in the movie, most are very minor. The Hitcher (1986) should not cause concern, even for the more jump scare sensitive viewers.

Synopsis: After eluding the hands of John Ryder, a murderous hitchhiker, Jim Halsey is relentlessly pursued by the hitcher, and accused of his crimes.

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Jump Scares: 11 (1 major, 10 minor)

Reviews: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: R

Director: Robert Harmon

Runtime: 97 minutes

Netflix (US): No

Tags: Action, Crime, Psychological, Slasher, Thriller

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

Jump Scare Times

00:12:35 – Jim kicks The Hitcher out of the moving car.

00:17:37 – A metal sign falls over with a loud bang.

00:18:15 – As Jim turns to leave, The Hitcher appears.

00:19:59 – Jim’s car is suddenly rear-ended.

00:22:08 – The sound of tires screeching followed by a truck smashing through the closed garage door.

00:42:05 – A car rushes by on the highway.

00:46:16 – The Hitcher shoots one of the police officers.

00:51:12 – The Hitcher bangs his hand on the underside of the table and says ‘bang’.

00:58:37 – A gunshot.

01:29:39 – A gunshot.

01:34:07 – A gunshot.

(Major jump scares in bold)

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