The 20 Horror Movies With the Most Jump Scares – Mental Floss

Not everyone has the same idea of what makes a great scary movie. Some prize special effects or psychological horror above all else, while others love a story so plausible it inspires a fear that something similar could happen to them.

And then there are those whose reviews are primarily based on the number of times a movie sends them tossing their bucket of popcorn in the air. If youre one of them, you might think 2013s The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is one of the best horror films ever made. According to a study by, the Chad Michael Murray-starring follow-up to 2009s The Haunting in Connecticut has an impressive 32 jump scares. Thats five more than any other movie on the list, curated using data from the website Wheres the Jump?

The Haunting in Connecticut came in third place with a still respectable 26 jump scares. Its one of several series that charted more than once. Sam Raimis Evil Dead franchise has three on the list: 1987s Evil Dead II in second place with 27 jump scares; its 1981 forerunner, The Evil Dead, in sixth place with 22; and the 2013 reboot, Evil Dead, rounding out the top 20 with 20 jump scares. Insidious (2010) outranked its 2013 sequel by just two jump scares, and 2017s It tied with its second chapter at 23 scares.

But just because a movie makes viewers leap from their skin a couple dozen times doesnt necessarily endear it to critics. You wont, for example, find The Haunting in Connecticut 2 on Rotten Tomatoes list of best horror movies of all time.

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The 20 Horror Movies With the Most Jump Scares - Mental Floss

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