Death Toll: The Movie Body Count Quiz

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Hollywood films thrive on life-changing scenes, and there's nothing more life-altering than, well, death. It won't shock you that some of the highest onscreen body counts are credited to war movies. But you might be surprised by some of the kill-frenzied facts in this quiz.

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QUESTION 1 OF 10

The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy featured a lot of sprawling battle scenes. Which of the three films featured the highest body count (extended versions for all)?
"Fellowship of the Ring"
"The Two Towers"
"Return of the King"
"The Two Towers" had a body count of 468. "Fellowship of the Ring," by comparison was practically bloodless with 118. "Return of the King" made carnage look like it was going out of style, with a whopping 836 deaths, including 147 humans, 524 Uruk-hai and Orcs, and two hobbits.

QUESTION 2 OF 10

You'll never forget those cold, dead eyes. Which actor starred in three of the bloodiest western films of all-time?
Audie Murphy
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood has starred in some of Hollywood's gold-standard westerns and some of its most violent, too. "A Fistful of Dollars," "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," and "The Outlaw Josey Wales," killed off a total of 355 people, and Eastwood's character did most of the dirty work.
John Wayne

QUESTION 3 OF 10

Director John Woo is known for his bloody action films. Which of his following movies was the bloodiest of all?
"A Better Tomorrow II"
"Hard Boiled"
The older he got, the more blood Woo spilled in his films. "A Better Tomorrow II" (1987) had a body count of 199. 1992's "Bullet in the Head" featured 214. But "Hard Boiled" (also 1992) topped them both, offing 307 characters in the process.
"Bullet in the Head"

QUESTION 4 OF 10

Rotten Tomatoes did a deep dive into horror movies and body counts and came up with what surprising fact?
Horror movies with lower body counts got higher critics' ratings than those with higher body counts.
Horror movies with lower body counts did better at the box office than those with higher body counts.
Both are correct.
Rotten Tomatoes found that lower body count flicks did better with both critics and audiences. In fairness, these were often the first and second installments of a franchise. The longer a franchise ran, the higher the body counts got and the worse the movies performed at the box office.

QUESTION 5 OF 10

It may surprise you that the cowboy movie with the highest body count is not a recent production. Which of these three is it?
"The Outlaw Josey Wales"
"The Wild Bunch"
You might think that a more recent western would top our short list. But 1969's "The Wild Bunch" was actually the deadliest, knocking off 145 people during the course of the film.
"The Magnificent Seven"

QUESTION 6 OF 10

Which action actor has bragging rights for being the most lethal, according to a 2018 list?
Milla Jovovich
Jovovich topped the list with a whopping 1,296 kills in the role of Alice over six "Resident Evil" films. She was also the only woman in the top 20.
Sylvester Stallone
Arnold Schwarzenegger

QUESTION 7 OF 10

2007's "Grindhouse" was particularly bloody, with 310 deaths. What made it easier for this film to achieve a high body count?
It was a double feature.
In 2007, "Grindhouse: Double Feature" hit theaters as (obviously) a double feature. Robert Rodriguez ("Planet Terror") and Quentin Tarantino ("Death Proof") directed separate bloody movies, but Rodriguez's took the gory cake, with 281 deaths to Tarantino's mere eight.
There literally were two axe murderers in every scene.
A bomb explosion killed many people at once.

QUESTION 8 OF 10

Which film had the highest number of on-screen deaths – by far, according to life insurance company GoCompare?
"Guardians of the Galaxy"
With 83,871 on-screen deaths, 2014's "Guardians of the Galaxy" beat out its nearest rival "Dracula Untold" by more than 70,000 deaths. So how did a family film get such a high body count? 80,000 Nova Corps pilots were dispatched in one of the final scenes. It should be noted that many film fans disputed this ranking.
"Dracula Untold"
"Titanic"

QUESTION 9 OF 10

The action-packed war movie "300" depicts a suicidal last stand by 300 ancient soldiers. How many combat deaths were in the film?
300, duh
600
Including the title sequences, 600 men died in battle during "300." And yes, that included all 300 of those soldiers trying to hold back the Persian hordes.
150

QUESTION 10 OF 10

Which of these movie franchises had the highest body counts?
"Halloween"
"Friday the 13th"
"John Wick"
In just three movies, John Wick has offed 306 people, far more than Michael Myers (140 deaths for the "Halloween" franchise) and Jason Voorhees (157 for "Friday the 13th"). The latter have more than 20 franchise movies between them.

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