I'm going to kick things off by calling "bullshit". When discussing Life Insurance, of all things, the site GoCompare took a look at body counts witnessed in films. The keyword here is "witnessed". While most would think the horror genre would have the most deaths, you'd be wrong. Most blood, probably, but not the most on-screen deaths.
Before we get to the list, let me remind you that I completely DISAGREE with it. Case in point, Guardians of the Galaxy supposedly has the most deaths of any film. Seriously?!? A PG-13 film is the winner for body count? Check out the list, and then I'll open up my can of beef.
10 Deadliest Movies... According to an Audit
Films are listed in order of on-screen deaths.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – 83,871
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
I'm guessing this count only factors in what deaths are captured within the frame. So how did the number for Guardians of the Galaxy get so high? In the final battle, we see the entire Nova Corps get blown away by Ronan. The Corp's numbers came in at 80,000 pilots, and we watched them all die horrifically. While screaming mind you. How did this movie stay PG-13 again?
Death Count Debatable
The numbers become a bit harder to debate considering that you have to factor in deaths you actually see within the frame. But I'm still going to throw a couple options out there. How about Star Wars: The Force Awakens? While this film did well with families, it could be said this this might have an insane body count as well.
When the Starkiller Base decides to open fire on the Hosnian System, one can only assume that billions of people and aliens were killed. Before the destruction, the film takes a peak at a couple of the planets and the people within. While I don't have time to freeze frame and count, I'm thinking we previewed thousands of soon-to-be casualties.
And, sticking to Star Wars, what about A New Hope? We spend about 1/3rd of that film running around the Death Star, introducing us to employees of the Empire that are about to die. How many people were on board that thing?!?
So maybe a stretch, it's just that I still have a hard time believing the the fun-loving Guardians of the Galaxy of all films has been declared the deadliest. Queue that Awesome Mix Tape!!!