Some people love to be terrified. Some more reasonable people dislike being scared, and want to enjoy a classic horror film without worrying about cheap shock tactics. For those people, there is Where’s the Jump?, a database of jump scares in horror, thriller, and sci-fi movies.
For each movie, Where’s the Jump? lists the timecode of each jump scare, a description of each scare (which you can hide to avoid spoilers), and highlighted “major scares.” There’s also general info like the movie’s IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores, genre tags, and whether Netflix has it. You can sort the master list by any of these factors; check out the list of low jump scare movies to find scary or freaky movies that don’t rely on jump scares, such as A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night or the still-terrifying The Silence of the Lambs.
Jump scares can be artfully executed or cheaply overused, as explored in this video essay from Now You See It. As Where’s the Jump discusses, there are clichés within the cliché: the mirror scare, the fridge scare, the “it’s just a cat” fake-out. Some scares are a ton of fun, and if you enjoy them, more power to you! Here’s a list of the movies with the most jump scares! But sometimes, some of us just want to be ready. We’re willing to trade a bit of plot spoilers for peace of mind.
Where’s the Jump? joins the pantheon of helpful databases of good/bad/missable bits in movies:
- RunPee: Describes the most skippable scenes in a movie so you can take a bathroom break
- The Movie Spoiler: Recaps the entire plot of a movie, in long and short forms
- TV Tropes: Lists multiple types of high points, such as “crowning moments of awesome,” and heartwarming or funny scenes
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