The term “jump scare” is used to describe an instance in a video or in a game where the is a sudden change in the visual scene or image to startle the person watching. The sudden change can scare the person causing them to jump, which is how they get their name. This is commonly seen in horror movies or suspense films. They often occur in conjunction with period of silence in the story line or in conjunction with suspenseful music. An excellent example of this is in the suspense movie Jaws where there are periods of calm in the story. The soundtrack playing in the background usually is softly playing and builds up to the point where the shark strikes startling the movie viewer.
Jump Scare Clips Increase in Popularity
More recently, people have become more and more intrigued by the use of “jump scare” videos and often share them on social media, like facebook or youtube, or have created entire websites dedicated to sharing different short “jump scare” video clips with one another for entertainment purposes. Some of these clips are advertised as being meant to startle someone, while others are intentionally advertized as being a video with a funny scene or compilation of clips. Just as the person is sitting there enjoying the video, there is a sudden terrifying picture and often a scream or other loud noise meant to make the person jump out of their seat.
Locating Jump Scare Videos
If you are looking for a video to startle an unsuspecting friend or coworker, you can simply use a standard search engine to locate hundreds of videos. Or look to a website like YouTube where you can find dozens of videos to play a practical joke on another person. YouTube also has a trend of reaction videos, where someone secretly videotapes another person while they are watching a “jump scare” or “screamer” video. They are able to catch the person’s natural reaction to the video, and then share the video clip with other viewer to also get a laugh out of the person’s response.
Public Response to Jump Scare Videos
The phenomenon of watching reaction videos has gained so much attention that it has been often featured on some popular television shows. One of the most common of these was a reaction video on America’s Funniest Videos which featured someone watching The Maze jumpscare video. With the airing of the video, there was a sudden increase in the number of views of the video clip online, with numerous “likes” and comments applauding the video for providing a good laugh.
Below are two different videos for you to enjoy. One is a “jump scare” or “screamer” video clip, and the other is a reaction video. This video is a compilation of some of the “funniest” clips of people being pranked.
This is a clip of The Maze video. When watching it, make sure to turn up the speaker volume to get the full effect.