Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

Halloween is almost upon us, which means it’s time for our annual dive into the spooky and scary. This year, we’re going to be blunt and to the point: our top 5 jump scares in movie history. The simplest, most brutal way a filmmaker can give audiences a good wallop, jump scares sometimes get slagged for being too cheap and artless, but used well, they can be one of the most portent tools in the horror director’s arsenal. To prove it, we’re going to look at our very favorite examples of the form along with a special guest.

In Worth Mentioning, we cover Borat 2, The Witches and Synchronic.

Here were the picks –


  1. Jaws
  2. What Lies Beneath
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  4. Signs
  5. Hereditary


  1. Scream
  2. Se7en
  3. What Lies Beneath
  4. Jaws
  5. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom


  1. Carrie
  2. Jurassic Park
  3. Inland Empire
  4. Alien
  5. The Descent


  1. The Descent
  2. Insidious
  3. [REC]
  4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
  5. Jaws