Jump Scares in The Thing (1982)

The Thing (1982) screenshot
The Thing (1982) screenshot
The Thing (1982) screenshot
The Thing (1982) screenshot

See below for the exact times and descriptions of the 7 jump scares in The Thing, which has a jump scare rating of 2.0.

Jump Scare Rating: Tense and claustrophobic, The Thing contains a handful of solid jump scares.

Synopsis: A group of American scientists based in Antarctica fall victim to a shape-shifting extraterrestrial organism that assumes the appearance of the people it kills.

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Jump Scares: 7 (1 major, 6 minor)

Reviews: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: R

Director: John Carpenter

Runtime: 109 minutes

Netflix (US): No

Tags: Body Horror, Extraterrestrial Life, Sci-Fi, Survival

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

Jump Scare Times

00:29:39 – A dog leaps out at Clark.

01:05:37 – Something moves past a doorway in front of Fuchs.

01:13:37 – Norris and Nauls attack MacReady from behind.

01:15:22 – Copper attempts to defibrillate Norris when a giant hole opens in Norris’s chest. [Video]

01:22:58 – Palmer’s blood has a violent reaction when MacReady tests it with the copper wire.

01:35:41 – Blair appears behind Garry.

01:37:39 – The ground begins to erupt in front of MacReady.

(Major jump scares in bold)

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

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