Jump scares: they're the bane of some horror movie fans' existence — and for good reason. When used ineffectively, jump scares are nothing more than cheap jolts. They're no more impressive or memorable than that a quick jaunt through a decent haunted house. But when used appropriately, the jump scare can create some of the most startling scenes in horror movie history.
Good jump scares make some horror films unforgettable. Who can forget Jason Voorhees's magnificent debut in the original Friday the 13th? Or Dallas's unfortunate meet-up with the xenomorph in Alien? Or the utterly terrifying jump scare from The Exorcist III (you know the one).
If you love horror movie scenes that make you jump, this list of the best jump scares is sure to delight (and terrify).
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The Conjuring, Clap-Clap
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Insidious, The Face of Fire
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Friday the 13th, Jason's Last Hurrah
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The Descent, Night Vision Crawler
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The Exorcist III: Legion, Shrouded Shears-Wielder
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Carrie, Back from the Grave