Lewton Bus

The Lewton Bus – Jump Scare

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One of my favourite jump scares is from Cat People (1942) credited as popularising or inventing a technique called The Lewton Bus.
The Descent (Night Vision Scene) – Jump Scare

The Descent (Night Vision Scene) – Jump Scare

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The Descent has lots of great scares, but the most effective is when after almost an hour of steadily increasing claustrophobia and dread, we finally get our first glimpse of what the F is down there with them.

The Eye Jump Scare

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Was thinking about Jump Scares today, because... well you know. And remembered one that really freaked me out back in the day. The calligraphy scene in The Eye from 2002. 

Delores Claiborne (1995) – Film Review

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The Delores Claiborne film adaptation is often considered an underrated classic (of King adaptations anyway), much more of a psychological thriller than straight out horror.

Misery (1990) – Film Review

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The tension is ratcheted up nicely as …oh boy, something’s not quite right here, segues into hands-over-the face, I-can’t-watch-this, bat-shit crazy.
Haunted House

Economic Horror & Modern Haunted House Films

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Horror films often speak to contemporary anxieties, a reflection of societal fears and concerns. So it's interesting to observe how the haunted house sub-genre of horror movies is evolving.
Ben Gardner - Jaws jump scare

Jaws (Ben Gardner) – Jump Scare

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The editing, sound mixing and Score all come together to produce a scare that makes me jump no matter how many times I've seen it.

Top 10 Horror Films Set in Space

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You are utterly reliant on technology to keep you alive, breathing, and to stop your brains from exploding out through your eye sockets.

The Exorcist III (Nurse Scene) – Jump Scare

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There's a couple of other contenders - so you can't make me stick to it! But I think my favourite jump scare is the "Nurse Scene" in the Exorcist III.
Ben Gardner - Jaws jump scare

Jaws (You’re gonna need a bigger boat) – Jump Scare

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The iconic scene where the shark makes its first appearance while Brody is shovelling bloody chum into the water.

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