Quotes: Nightmare Retardant
Yeah, exactly. Anyone can go and make a jump scare, but they only tend to work if there's build-up (or if, you know, the thing that jumps up at you is actually scary). The jump scares in Arise are just random.
there's a difference between a sheet ghost jumping out of a closet shouting "BOO!" and being genuinely scared
—MamaLuigi314 in a comment of Retsupurae's Retsuflash of Arise 2
"Now, whenever you mention this movie to anyone, they say 'Frogs?! What do they do, GUM you to death?' And that would identify the central problem with this movie's premise: frogs, on the whole, do two things: a) sit, and b) hop. Neither of which is very threatening. The movie simply hopes you won't NOTICE this, however, and takes the tack of intercutting shots of frogs sitting and/or hopping with the characters going about their business, hoping to create some kind of eerie frisson. Often they will show a character walking by, then pan down to see that: THERE ARE FROGS NEARBY! This effect will horrify you to a slightly lesser degree than picking your toenails."
— Cinema de Merde's review of Frogs