They can be done well — see this year’s “Insidious” — but jump scares can, and usually are, done incredibly poorly. Someone’s nervous about a ghost haunting their house, or a masked killer stalking the neighborhood, they peer around a corner with their flashlight and then — BAM!! — a random person sneaks up behind them and says “Hey! It’s just me!” Because that’s what happens in real life: when your friends come to find you in the dark they sneak up on you and leap out and grab you. Well, I guess if your friends are totally dicks that could happen in real life. But then your problem isn’t a ghost or a masked killer, you just need new friends.
In honor of all the terrible jump scares in all the mediocre movies we’ll all be watching this All Hallow’s Eve, here’s a brief supercut highlighting some of the most egregiously dumb jump scares in horror history. As evidenced by two different watermarks, this supercut comes to you via Vulture. And please remember: if you are going to venture out in the dark tonight for some Trick or Treating, just make sure your friends aren’t assholes.