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Which scary movies do not have jump scares?

Asked by mazingerz88 (28790points) October 14th, 2023
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If there’s any at all. Thanks.

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Caravanfan's avatar

Well, the latest one I saw was The Orphanage, which is a sensational film. There are a couple of jump scares, but it’s not the focus of the film.

mazingerz88's avatar

^^Thanks. Just saw the Nun 2 and it has plenty. Wondering about the new Exorcist movie.

smudges's avatar

I hate jump scenes, and they’re usually only done for effect in piss poor movies that don’t have much else to promote them…think Elm Street, Any good, quality movies build up to the scare and usually cause the fear/scare through psychological channels. Think “The Shining”. I avoid all of those movies that have sequel after sequel. Two I can think of that are very scary and good are “The Strangers” with Liv Tyler and “Get Out”.

Caravanfan's avatar

@smudges I kind of disagree with that. There are some great movies that make fantastic use of jump scares. I do agree that it does tend to get overused at times.

jca2's avatar

Two I can think of are The Shining (as mentioned above) and The Others which stars Nicole Kidman and is creepy, just like The Shining is.

mazingerz88's avatar

^^Yes I seem to recall there was only one jump scare in The Others. Excellent dramatic build-up towards that great big twist but it can only be satisfyingly shocking imo…if the possibility of that scenario never crossed your mind. It sure did not in mine so I was amazingly shocked!

I think George C. Scott’s The Changeling also did not have jump scares. I have to watch it again to make sure.

@Caravanfan The Orphanage is a really good scary film but after seeing it twice I really think there is a huge plot hole in that movie that’s big enough to ruin it.

gorillapaws's avatar

I don’t think “What Lies Beneath” has much in the way of jump scares. That movie is an exceptional (and terrifying) film with great acting. Not sure if it counts as horror or if it’s more of a thriller.

There’s a jump scare in the incredible series “The Haunting of Hill House” that I think took at least a year off of my life, but otherwise I don’t think there were any others.

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^^I do remember two jump scares in What Lies which involved either a hole or a gap in the fence and a speaker. Yes, scary movie that one.

Another film that not just scares but drives me towards a state of paranoia is The Mothman Prophecies with Richard Gere.
I would never drive in that part of Virginia at night!

smudges's avatar

@Caravanfan You’re right, and I shouldn’t generalize. It’s just that the jumpiest ones, for me, were the cheesy ones.

Lightlyseared's avatar

The good ones.

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