Horror fans can usually tell whether they’ll dislike an upcoming movie just based on how many CGI ghosts, monsters, demons, and various other nasty things pull what’s known as a “jump scare” in the trailers. Jump scares often occur when those making the film aren’t so good at building tension and using sounds, settings, and the viewer’s own imagination to create terrifying moments and situations, and so they instead have things jump out and BOO! you accompanied by loud noises in hopes of jump starting your fear. Movies like this are usually like a really long version of that video with an unexpected screaming face you were tricked (or tricked someone else) into watching.
But this isn’t always the case. In fact, there are different ways to pull off the infamous jump scare, and sometimes it can actually work really well. YouTube channel Now You See It has released a new video, which can be viewed below, called “Why Jump Scares Suck.” The video takes a closer look at the jump scare with examples of both the right and wrong ways to use them.
The video follows another recent video released by the channel exploring what really makes a movie scary that I assume either led to the creation of the jump scare video or was part one of a planned multi-part horror examination, so I’ve also included that one below for your viewing pleasure.
For many more videos movie fans will enjoy watching, be sure to check out the Now You See It YouTube channel.
Some of the clips used in the video could contain spoilers for some, so if a movie pops up that you haven’t seen yet but are planning to just look away from the screen for a few seconds or skip ahead a bit.
Are jump scares cheap? Should we get rid of them? Short answer: No. They suck, but they have more potential than you may think.
Horror films are fascinating. Probably my favorite genre to learn about. Let’s see just how much goes into making a scene scary.