Study: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Holds Most On-Screen Movie Deaths

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When you think of movies that feature a ton of deaths, one may think of gritty war films or relentlessly gruesome horror flicks. Well, according to a recent study, family films are just as severe as the more adult-oriented pictures. And James Gunn…you’re ruthless.

British financial services comparison website Go Compare has put together an interesting little study that looks at the on-screen death tolls offered up in some of the biggest blockbusters since the 1940s, and Guardians of the Galaxy topped the list by far.

The Marvel film was found to contain a whopping 83,871 on-screen deaths, which completely dwarfs the 5,687 deaths witnessed in the runner-up, 2014’s Dracula Untold. Other entries include Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and another Marvel entry, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.

Most of those deaths in Guardians came in the final act, when Quill, his team and the Nova Corps group confront and breach the Dark Aster. Thanks to Ronan’s empowered warhammer, the Nova Corps fleet doesn’t survive for too long.

The findings put forth a few other interesting findings, such as half of the top ten deadly films being occupied by movies aimed at families and that we have apparently become more comfortable with copious amounts of on-screen deaths with each decade that passes.

The study counted a kill as “when either a dead body was seen, or a character was very heavily implied dead.” Animals and robots were also taken into account, although only if “they were played (either physically or voiced) by a human.”

Top ten films with most on-screen deaths:

1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – 83,871 on-screen deaths
2. Dracula Untold (2014) – 5,687
3. The Sum of All Fears (2002) – 2,922
4. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) – 2,798
5. 300: Rise of An Empire (2014) – 2,234
6. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) – 1,741
7. The Matrix Revolutions (2003) – 1,647
8. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) – 1,417
9. Braveheart (1995) – 1,297
10. The Avengers (2012) – 1,019

One Comment on “Study: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Holds Most On-Screen Movie Deaths”

  1. What about the destruction caused by the Death Star in the first Star Wars movie – or the Starkiller Base destruction in the latest?

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