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.
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.
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.
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.