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Directors Cut

Of all the movie genres, you'd think horror would see the highest death count, but you might be surprised...

When was the last time a movie made you nervously ponder your own mortality?

It may have been quite recently. 

Even in PG-13 family-friendly flicks, directors are axing off characters as if there's an enthused surplus of extras banging down the movie studio's door.

Aliens, mythical creatures, superheroes and historical characters are all ripe for the cull, and it hasn't gone unnoticed by the film buffs at GoCompare.

It conducted a study to see just how many casualties fell by the wayside in hit Hollywood films. 

Warning: The results may leave you baying for blood, (or, checking your life insurance policy!)

The top ten most blood-thirsty movies are revealed below. Time to discover if your favourite is more deathly than a horror film...

And the next time you're feeling invigorated by an action-packed adventure movie, spare a thought for the misadventures of "thug number five" and "unfortunate alien number 136" - they lived fast and died horribly...probably.

#1 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY PG-13

Death count: 83,871

Director:  James Gunn

Year:  2014

Rating:  PG-13

Genre:  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

When space bandit, Peter Quill, steals an orb belonging to a powerful villain, he finds himself being chased by relentless bounty hunters. Under less-than-friendly circumstances, Quill meets four misfits and as he discovers the orb’s true power, the intergalactic criminals have to come together to save the universe. The film has a whopping 83,871 deaths, ranking first by far. Did you know that before the final battle, the song Cherry Bomb was played on set as the characters made their entrances? Director, James Gunn, said it was to help the actors really get into character for the epic scene.

8.1

IMDb

91%

Rotten tomatoes

76%

Metacritic

#2 DRACULA UNTOLD PG-13

Death count: 5,687

Director:  Gary Shore

Year:  2014

Rating:  PG-13

Genre:  Action | Drama | Fantasy

Dracula Untold tells the story of Prince Vlad III, ruler of Wallachia, who makes a deal with a monster, giving him the power to defeat the Turks; but this comes at the price of becoming the infamous vampire, Dracula. This film has 5,687 on-screen death count due to Vlad massacring the Turks with his special vampire death move. Although not historically accurate, the film is based on the real life Prince Vlad III of the 15th century, who apparently murdered over 40,000 people during his lifetime, mainly by impaling them.6.3

IMDb

22%

Rotten tomatoes

40%

Metacritic

#3 THE SUM OF ALL FEARS PG-13

Death count: 2,922

Director:  Phil Alden Robinson

Year:  2002

Rating:  PG-13

Genre:  Action | Drama | Thriller

In this action-packed espionage film, CIA analyst, Jack Ryan, must help stop a terrorist plot that could potentially bring the United States and Russia into World War III. Based on the novel by Tom Clancy, The Sum of All Fears tallies up 2,922 deaths in total. The film used real U.S. Marine helicopters, two CH-53E Super Stallions, during the rescue mission sequence and featured real US Marines. This mission is what Marines would conduct in real life, executing a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and/or Personnel, also known as aTRAP mission.

6.4

IMDb

59%

Rotten tomatoes

45%

Metacritic

#4 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING PG-13

Death count: 2,798

Director:  Peter Jackson

Year:  2003

Rating:  PG-13

Genre:  Action | Adventure | Drama

This is the third and final instalment in The Lord of The Rings trilogy. As Frodo and Sam journey to Mount Doom, Gandalf and Aragorn fight against Sauron’s evil army, bringing the final conflict of good versus evil in the form of an epic battle. The Battle at the Black Gate had over a hundred members of the New Zealand army added in as extras. Apparently, they were so excited that they kept breaking the wooden swords and spears they had been given.

8.9

IMDb

95%

Rotten tomatoes

94%

Metacritic

#5 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE R

Death count: 2,234

Director:  Noam Murro

Year:  2014

Rating:  R

Genre:  Action | Drama | Fantasy

Loosely based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, Xerxes, Rise of an Empire follows the same epic visual style of its predecessor, 300, and brings us back to the battlefield with a new war brewing against the Persian forces. What is interesting is that Sparta was known as a land power back in the day and during the Persian wars their navy was actually really weak. Not the impression you get from this film.

6.2

IMDb

43%

Rotten tomatoes

48%

Metacritic

#6 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS PG-13

Death count: 1,741

Director:  Peter Jackson

Year:  2002

Rating:  PG-13

Genre:  Action | Adventure | Drama

In the sequel to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo and Sam journey closer to Mordor as they are accompanied by the mysterious Gollum. In the meantime, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli arrive at Rohan and prepare to stand against their new enemy, Saruman and attack Isengard. For the epic Helm’s Deep battle sequence, Uruk-Hai battle chants were provided by a stadium of 25,000 cricket fans. Fans chanted ‘Derbgoo, nashgshoo, derbgoo, dashshoo’ which was put on a large screen to be read with director, Peter Jackson, leading the crowd.

8.7

IMDb

96%

Rotten tomatoes

88%

Metacritic

#7 THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS R

Death count: 1,647

Director: Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski (credited as The Wachowski Brothers)

Year:  2003

Rating:  R

Genre:  Action | Sci-Fi

Set in a dystopian future run by robots, mankind’s only hope, Neo, fights to end the war against the mechanical monsters but faces another robot enemy, Agent Smith. The Matrix Revolutions is the final installment of the Matrix trilogy and tallies up 1,647 movie deaths in total. In the final fight between Neo and Smith, most of the ‘raindrops’ seen are single lines of Matrix code. The effect was something that was visible on IMAX and large screen cinemas and can be seen on smaller TVs as banded rain during close up shots.

6.7

IMDb

36%

Rotten tomatoes

47%

Metacritic

#8 THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES PG-13

DEATH COUNT: 1,417

Director:  Peter Jackson

Year:  2014

Rating:  PG-13

Genre:  Adventure | Fantasy

In the final instalment of The Hobbit series, the loveable hero Bilbo Baggins, along with his friends, is forced to prepare for battle as the Lonely Mountain faces falling into the hands of evil. The film tallies up 1,415 on-screen deaths which is pretty high considering The Hobbit is based on a children’s fantasy book by JRR Tolkien. The entire Battle of the Five Armies actually takes place in just one chapter in the book but in the film, the battle takes up almost half of the running time of the two-hour and 24-minute long film.

7.5

IMDb

60%

Rotten tomatoes

59%

Metacritic

#9 BRAVEHEART  R

Death count: 1,297

Director:  Mel Gibson

Year:  1995

Rating:  R

Genre:  Biography | Drama | History

Scottish rebel, William Wallace, begins a revolt against King Edward I of England when his beloved bride is killed for defending herself against an English soldier who attempted to rape her. Wallace embarks on a journey alongside Robert the Bruce to make Scotland free under the hands of the English. Many extras featured in the battle scenes were part of the FCA, the reserve Irish army. Since they were gathered from different army companies, many have local rivalries with each other. Apparently, some scenes in the film feature very realistic fights due to the rival companies actually trying to beat each other up.

8.4

IMDb

78%

Rotten tomatoes

68%

Metacritic

#10 THE AVENGERS  PG-13

Death count: 1,019

Director:  Joss Whedon

Year:  2012

Rating:  PG-13

Genre:  Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller

When Loki descends from Asgard with his alien army, Earth’s mightiest heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow must join forces to stop humanity from falling under Loki’s evil plan. The movie features 25 members of the Ohio based 391st Military Police Battalion who were hired to add more of a realism to a scene in which aliens are attacking New York City.

8.1

IMDb

92%

Rotten tomatoes

69%

Metacritic