Horror fans are often divided on the issue of jump scares, with some calling them cheap while others point to examples of films that use them effectively. The Conjuring, for instance, was incredibly jump-heavy yet also a critical success.
Meanwhile, the most recent entry in the Conjuring Universe was a critical failure due to its reliance on jumps while adding nothing else to the mix. The Curse Of La Llorona currently stands at 32% on Rotten Tomatoes, taking a classic creepy story and telling it through a series of predictable and boring jump scares - most of which you've seen in the trailers.
When a film with so much story potential fails this hard, it strengthens the argument that jump scares are becoming overused. Even some of the best horror movies of all time include at least a handful of minor jumps. For instance, Alien has 11 while The Exorcist only has one less. The Omen and Audition are less shock-heavy, but still have one jump scare each.
If you're looking for movies with no jump scares at all, however, there are at least a few options available. The following 12 films vary in terms of fright level, genre adherence and general quality. All of them will make an impact without once trying to make you spill your popcorn.
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