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Horror Movies With The Most Jump Scares

Over the last five years, we have seen some impeccable horror movies from both new and revived franchises as well as a new era of horror.

With this in mind, were curious to investigate which horror movies are the best for you, by uncovering which makes us jump the most! To do this, they looked at horror releases of the last five years to reveal the jumpiest movies… and it’s not what you’d think.

 FilmYearJump Scares
1Don’t Listen202027
=2It Chapter Two201924
=2Ghost Lab202124
=5Scream 5202222
=5Halloween Kills202122
7Werewolves Within202121
=8Annabelle Comes Home201920
=8The Curse of La Llorona201920

*= is a joint ranking. To uncover the full dataset, please see here. can reveal the jumpiest film of the last five years is Don’t Listen. Released in 2020 and with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 63%, this horror follows the strange death of a man’s son in his new home as he begins to hear a ghostly plea for help, spurring him to seek out a renowned paranormal expert. Don’t Listen has 27 jump scares in total, the first happening within the first three minutes.

Taking joint second place is 2021’s Ghost Lab and 2019’s It Chapter Two, both with 24 jump scaresGhost Lab follows the story of two doctors who become dangerously obsessed with obtaining scientific proof that ghosts exist; the first jump scare happens within the first two minutesChapter Two is the second instalment of the It franchise that follows the Losers Club 27 years later as they return to Derry to reunite with and end Pennywise the evil clown – the first jump scare doesn’t happen until 19 minutes in.

The fourth movie with the most jump scares in the last five years is Host. Released at the end of 2020, Host follows six friends that accidentally invite the attention of a demonic presence during an online séance. It has 23 jump scares, but don’t worry, the first happens 17 minutes into the movie.

Interesting to note,’s research seemingly uncovered the rate of jump scares has decreased over the years, with no films from 2023 making the top 10.

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