Jump Scares In The People Under the Stairs (1991)

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Synopsis: Three burglars break into a house and discover the deranged owners have imprisoned children under the stairs of their large house.

Director: Wes Craven

Runtime: 102 minutes

MPAA Rating: R

IMDb: 6.3/10  Rotten Tomatoes: 61%

Netflix (US): No

Tags: Comedy

Jump Scares:  13 (1 major, 12 minor)

Jump Scare Rating: There are several jump scares although the film is too campy to really frighten audiences. One scene that begins at the 72 minute mark does manage to build some suspense and it ends with a well executed jump scare.

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

Jump Scare Times

19:40 – A dog lunges at Leroy.

27:16 – Dust suddenly comes out of the grate that Fool is talking into.

29:00 – Fool is tackled from behind by a boy.

31:12 – Leroy, who is lying on the floor, jumps up as Fool touches him.

36:00 – Roach suddenly reaches through a gap in the wall and grabs Leroy.

46:33 – Daddy shoots through the wall beside Fool.

46:44 – The dog jumps up at the hole in the door.

50:42 – Daddy bursts into Alice’s room.

1:00:58 – Spikes come out of the wall just in front of Fool and Alice.

1:14:30 – Daddy, wearing his suit, jumps out at Fool. [Video]

1:22:46 – Mommy grabs Alice.

1:32:02 – Hands burst through the stairs.

1:32:32 – Several people come out of the walls and attack Mommy.

(Major scares in bold)

Download a .srt file of the jump scares in The People Under the Stairs [more info].