Jump Scares In The Messengers (2007)

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Synopsis: Ominous events occur after the Solomon family move into a house with a dark past

Director:  Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang

Runtime: 90 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG-13

IMDb: 5.4/10  Rotten Tomatoes: 12%

Netflix (US): No

Tags: Haunted House / Building, High Jump Scare

Jump Scares:  27 (4 major, 23 minor)

Jump Scare Rating: Jarring flashbacks, loud noises in quiet scenes, and the sudden appearance of ghosts makes for a movie that is extremely heavy on jump scares. Loud sound effects and musical notes are added to many of these scares in an attempt to enhance them.

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

Jump Scare Times

3:21 – Accompanied by a sound effect a hand reaches out towards the camera.

9:50 – Accompanied by a sound effect, the silhoutte of a bird moves past a window behind Jess.

10:08 – As Jess looks through the window we get a quick cut to a closeup of the bird as it flies past the window once more.

11:23 – As Jess reaches out to pick up the toy tractor it suddenly moves towards her and a sound effect plays.

14:33 – A shadow moves past screen.

15:59 – Some ghostly legs can briefly be seen under a sheet as Denise makes the bed.

31:09 – An apparently dead bird suddenly squawks and flies away as Jess prods it with a piece of wood.

37:28 – The stairs suddenly collapse and several ghostly screams can be heard over the next minute or so.

38:58 – Ghostly hands reach out and grab Jess.

39:22 – There is a sudden transition from a quiet scene back to Jess being held back by the ghostly hands.

39:41 – John taps on the window.

39:58 – Accompanied by a sound effect, the camera suddenly zooms out.

45:56 – A shadowy figure moves past the screen.

51:28 – There is a loud bang.

52:08 – Ghostly hands grab Jess once more.

52:17 – The ghost grabs Jess around the ankle.

54:00 – A short, jarring flashback might startle some viewers.

57:08 – Accompanied by a sound effect, a figure walks past the screen.

1:00:02 – After staring at Jess for several seconds, the ghost suddenly lunges at her.

1:11:36 – There are a couple more sharp flashback cuts.

1:12:24 – Accompanied by a sound effect, Denise runs into John.

1:13:59 – The door slams shut on Jess and Bobby.

1:14:40 – The door bangs loudly as Jess approaches it.

1:14:47 – John smashes into the door from the other side causing Jess and Bobby to flee.

1:16:40 – The pitchfork comes through the door, narrowly missing Jess.

1:19:08 – John suddenly stabs Roy in the back.

1:21:09 – A hand comes out of the mud to grab Jess around the ankle.

(Major scares in bold)

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