Jump scare / jumpscare


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Can be spelt either as two words or only one.

Definition in the Urban Dictionary
A tactic used in horror movies to scare people, the jump scare is used by as a method of frightening the audience; i.e, making them literally "jump" out of their seats.

Not to be found anywhere except in the UD (as mentionned above) and Wikipedia
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  • LookSharp

    I always thought the "jump" in "jumpscare" referred to the fact that this kind of thing usually "jumps at" the viewer by appearing suddenly on the screen or coming on by flinging itself forward.


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    English - South East England
    Jumpscare is quite a recent word, not used much anywhere outside the video gaming community and horror films. I’m not exactly sure whether the “jump” is from the thing in the scare jumps at you or that it makes you jump. I think it’s really both, with the video gaming community using the second definition more often.