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    25 Movie Jump Scares So Well Executed They Deserve Some Kind Of Award

    I'll have one small popcorn, one large soda, and one heart attack, please!

    We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community, "If there were an Academy Award given for 'Best-Executed Jump Scare In A Motion Picture,' which jump scares definitely would've taken home the gold?" and WHEW, their answers were so good it was — yeah, I'll say it — scary! With that in mind, here a just a few of the jump scares that would like to thank the Academy:

    Also, WARNING: There are SPOILERS ahead for these films!

    1. It (2017)

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    Warner Bros.

    "When Pennywise bursts through the projector screen and rushes toward the kids. Pretty sure I left my heart in that cinema once it was finished."

    hobbitgirl96

    2. The Sixth Sense (1999)

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    Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

    "The kitchen scene. I saw that movie two nights in a row and the second night I closed my eyes for the scene — but still FELT the entire row jump for it."

    cherylr42b3111e1

    3. Lake Mungo (2008)

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    Arclight Films

    "I logged into Buzzfeed for the first time just to add this submission! The cellphone footage, in context, is so perfectly executed that I had trouble sleeping for months. I will never watch it again."

    walzjared

    4. The Visit (2015)

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    Universal Pictures

    "When the girl sets the camera up in the middle of the night and the grandma runs out of the room and suddenly POPS BACK IN. Nope, nope, nope!"

    hammhammhamm45

    5. The Descent (2005)

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    Pathé Distribution

    "When you first see the creatures up close. The scene builds tension from a situation not even related to the creatures, then lets the seamless camerawork reveal the scare. The whole scene is expertly done and doesn't rely on the typical jump scare formula."

    rdplaty

    6. Dark Skies (2013)

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    Dimension Films

    "When you think the little boy is on the walkie-talkie with his brother and the mom goes in and there is AN ALIEN STANDING OVER HIS BED. It still makes me jump every single time I see it!"

    hammhammhamm45

    7. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)

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    Warner Bros.

    "Large Marge's unholy Claymation Satan face."

    colleend9

    8. Inland Empire (2006)

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    Absurda

    "There are two in this one movie:

    1. When Laura Dern’s character is running in slow motion, but then it speeds up and she suddenly runs right up to the camera with a terrifying grin.

    2. The end where it smash-cuts to a horribly distorted version of her face that just fills up the entire screen. It comes out of freaking nowhere!"

    gaelicmaiden

    9. Friday the 13th (1980)

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    Paramount Pictures

    "When Jason grabs Alice from her canoe on Crystal Lake! Even when I know it’s coming, it still throws me!"

    kl30morg

    10. The Ring (2002)

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    DreamWorks Pictures

    "The scene toward the beginning when, during a hushed conversation about the girl who died, the scene jumps to a shot of the girl's horrifying corpse in the closet. You don't expect that in the middle of their dialogue. It traumatized me as a kid!"

    mayoress_of_hobbiton

    11. Insidious (2010)

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    FilmDistrict

    "When the Red Demon appears behind the father. I love horror movies. It's my favorite genre but that goddamn demon is still the scariest thing I've ever seen in my life!"

    marie-francel

    12. Carrie (1976)

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    United Artists

    "When Carrie's hand bursts out of the ground and grabs Sue by the arm? Gets me every time!"

    jennyporterw

    13. Parasite (2019)

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    CJ Entertainment

    "When the little boy was eating cake and saw the man from the basement walking up the stairs."

    michaell105

    14. Signs (2002)

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    Buena Vista Pictures

    "When you see the alien walking past camera at the birthday party!"

    bosslaydee

    15. The Thing (1982)

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    Universal Pictures

    "The blood test scene...absolute mastery."

    kadyr

    16. Hereditary (2018)

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    A24

    "Toward the end of the movie, when the mom runs out from a dark corner. I jumped up so high in the theater that my chair flipped up and I landed on the floor! It was terrifying!"

    Th3FatPanth3r

    17. Jaws (1975)

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    Universal Pictures

    "The first time I saw this movie, I jumped so bad. I recoiled back away from the screen and unfortunately so did my mum and brothers, who were on the same sofa and we tipped it over! It broke the tension and we all laughed, but I’ve never jumped that bad since!"

    bluetinda

    18. Mulholland Drive (2001)

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    Universal Pictures

    "The jump scare in this movie scared the crap out of me the first time I watched it!"

    autper7

    19. The Conjuring (2013)

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    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "The part when the witch is on top of the dresser. I watched the movie at a sleepover and when that scene happened, I actually shouted. It’s been one of the few jump scares to get a vocal reaction out of me."

    davinky

    20. The Invisible Man (2020)

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    Universal Pictures

    "When Cecilia splashes paint toward the attic door and you see the Invisible Man suddenly appear in front of her. That had my heart pounding for the rest of the movie. It was executed perfectly!"

    tigrluvr162

    21. Sinister (2012)

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    Summit Entertainment

    "When Ethan Hawke’s character is holding up a picture looking outside through his window and he sees the demon thing for a split second lingering in the bushes. That scared the shit out of me!"

    katiec4fe8f4e54

    22. Alien (1979)

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    20th Century Fox

    "An oldie but goodie! I know it's coming every time but I jump like hell when the light from the flamethrower shifts and the alien jumps out."

    chrico88

    23. The Woman in Black (2012)

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    Momentum Pictures

    "The (movie) ending is kind of stupid but it still has some solid jump scares, especially the one with the rocking chair!"

    elinorh

    24. Ghostbusters (1984)

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    Columbia Pictures

    "The library scene! Even when you know the scare is coming, it still takes you by surprise. As a kid, it kept me awake for several nights!"

    teaisrequired

    25. And finally, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

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    New Line Cinema

    "When Bilbo turns all monster-y! My mom told me that when my aunt watched it in the theater with her, she screamed because she was so scared. I think everyone there hated her after that."

    obsessedaragornfan

    Now it's your turn! If there were an Academy Award given for Best-Executed Jump Scare In A Motion Picture, which jump scares definitely would've taken home the gold? Share your pick in the comments below! Oh, and BOO! Did I get ya? Did I?!

    Some responses were edited for length and/or clarity.

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