– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The results of a new study are trending all over because their claim is quite sensational. According to Go Compare, of all of the major films that have come out in the last 70+ years, Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy has the highest onscreen death toll. 

In the study, they cite the death of 80,000 Nova Corp pilots at the hands of Ronan’s forces at the end of Guardians Of The Galaxy as being the biggest mass killing we’ve seen onscreen, pretty much ever. I have a bone to pick with these findings, but we’ll get to that in a minute. 

For now, take a look at Go Compare’s Top 10 Deadliest Hollywood Movies:

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 of the aims of the study was to show how onscreen deaths have increased by leaps and bounds over the years. For example, in the 1940s there was only one movie that featured 50+ onscreen deaths; In 2014 alone, there were four. 

But the thing that doesn’t sit well with me are the somewhat fuzzy parameters. Didn’t we see Alderaan explode in Star Wars: A New Hope? Are we supposed to think there were fewer than 83,871 people on that entire planet? What about in Star Wars: The Force Awakens when we saw multiple planets get blown to bits? How about DC’s Man Of Steel where director Zack Snyder said that the destruction we witnessed during the film’s last act killed “probably five thousand people or something like that“? Wouldn’t that put the film somewhere on this list?

The whole thing is just a little wacky, and I’m sure it has to do with their definition of “onscreen death,” but it just doesn’t sit well with me. The study claims that The Force Awakens only had 791 onscreen deaths, so I guess watching planets explode doesn’t count?

Regardless, what do these findings mean to you? Are you surprised to hear that the softball, tongue in cheek space adventure Guardians Of The Galaxy was actually an insane bloodbath? Discuss below.

SOURCE: Go Compare

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.