Despite being something of a cinematic cliche’, there’s good reason “jump scares” are employed in just about every horror movie–they’re really damn effective.
But what happens when you extract these jump cuts from their suspense-fraught contexts and then supercut them all together in rapid-fire succession?
This video mashing up the “40 greatest movie jump scares” of all time. The jittery clip also shows how Hollywood’s jump-scare strategy has remained largely intact over the past half century.
Yep, that classic screamer moment from House on Haunted Hill (1959) is just as rattling as the jumper from Insidious (2010)–even if the sound effects have gotten noticeably louder over the years.
Watch the video above and see if you can make it through the whole thing without flinching.