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Guardians of the Galaxy has the highest movie death-toll of all time

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Marvel and Disney! Movies that are fun for the whole family! And possibly also contain a death-toll so high, that they’ve unseated Hot Shots: Part Deux’s dubious claim of it being the bloodiest movie ever created. Director James Gunn’s sci-fi epic may be one of Marvel’s best films, but it earned that honour with a veritable bloodbath of on-screen casualties.

That’s according to The Guardian, who did a breakdown of the highest on-screen death tolls in cinematic history and found the Marvel movie to be utterly drenched in movie crimson liquids. The final tally of all those deaths then? A whopping 83 871 instances of people kicking the bucket. That’s around 14 times more than all of the people who died in 2014’s Dracula Untold, which came in at second.

And here’s where it gets even better. Remember Man of Steel in 2013, and the controversy surrounding the rampant destruction of property during the battle of Metropolis? Superman didn’t even crack the top 200 on that list. Which is probably why director Zack Snyder is doing a dance of joy right now, as Man of Steel only had 134 on-screen deaths. Here’s the full top ten list from The Guardian:

The top 10 deadliest Hollywood movies

1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – 83 871 on-screen deaths
2. Dracula Untold (2014) – 5687
3. The Sum of All fears (2002) – 2922
4. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) – 2798
5. 300: Rise of An Empire (2014) – 2234
6. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) – 1741
7. The Matrix Revolutions (2003) – 1647
8. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) – 1417
9. Braveheart (1995) – 1297
10. The Avengers (2012) – 1019

Man, that Peter Jackson must really like his Orc blood. He has three films alone in the top ten. So what did Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 director James Gunn have to say about these results? Pretty much this:

Where do the bulk of these deaths come from in Guardians of The Galaxy then? You can thank Ronan for that, as the third act saw the Kree Accuser bring his flagship the Dark Aster to the planet of Xander and wipe out over 80 000 Nova Corps members in the process. Whoa. Check out the list in the original link above. And then join me as I get Disney to rebrand Marvel as “The bloodiest place on Earth”.

Last Updated: October 5, 2016


  1. Well, how many inhabitants did Alderaan have? *SPOILERS (Not even mentioning the almost entire republic that got wiped in Force Awakens.)


    • Original Heretic

      October 5, 2016 at 09:39

      But that was in a galaxy far, far away. Does it count?

      Well, I suppose if wiping out an alien race in Guardians counts, then it should, eh?


    • HairyEwok

      October 5, 2016 at 10:07

      Alderaan had millions, as quoted by Obi Wan “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”


    • Pariah ???

      October 5, 2016 at 10:13

      Yeah that was my instant first thought. An entire planet was blown up in the 70’s. 80k? Wtf is that shit? How old was the person who made that video, 12? How could they not know about Alderaan. Seriously. It’s not even an obcscure arty movie liked by 15 people.


  2. Frik van der Hewerskink

    October 5, 2016 at 09:36

    Such a stupid list, no way that was 80k on screen deaths, So what about the death star exploding ?


  3. Kikmi

    October 5, 2016 at 09:40

    83 fucking K? Old Walt’s nazi’isms still rolling strong


  4. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    October 5, 2016 at 09:43

    The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy? Earth gets disintegrated in the first 10 minutes. Also there’s Knowing, 2012, Deep Impact, independance Day, The Day after Tomorrow and The Kardashians


    • Dane

      October 5, 2016 at 10:21

      The death toll is still tallying in at least one of those.


      • Deceased

        October 5, 2016 at 10:40

        With no stopping in sight O.o


      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        October 5, 2016 at 10:48



    • HairyEwok

      October 5, 2016 at 10:31

      There’s also Enders Game, at the end when all those ships get destroyed.


      • miaau

        October 5, 2016 at 11:37

        The books after that took it even further


  5. VampyreSquirrel

    October 5, 2016 at 09:51

    Wow, that’s a lot.


  6. HairyEwok

    October 5, 2016 at 10:05

    Uhhhh what about zombie movies like World War Z, the airport scene, many many people die there as well.


  7. DragonSpirit009

    October 5, 2016 at 10:13

    A lot of death’s but I think they are missing a few.


  8. Admiral Chief

    October 5, 2016 at 10:17



  9. Jev_LFC

    October 5, 2016 at 10:49

    Um what about when Spock’s planet went boom?


  10. miaau

    October 5, 2016 at 11:40

    Perhaps the list is only compiled for visible on screen deaths.

    i remember years ago, I was about 13. So, my mother hires a Chuck norris film, The Hitman. We watched ten minutes and then played a game. We re-winded the VHS cassette to the start and counted the use of the F**k word, but it -ing or Mother-. 115, as I recall, in the opening scene. Now, we counted that and may have a margin of error.

    So, you are telling me, people sat and counted deaths in a movie and got, say, 2234 for 300 Spartans. That movie had such fast, visceral fight scenes. Right, so they counted, then.


  11. konfab

    October 5, 2016 at 12:21

    I highly doubt a nuke going off in Baltimore would only kill 3000 people.


  12. chimera_85

    October 5, 2016 at 12:42

    This is so midleading, it’s not like in Guardians of The Second Best Movie Ever Created showed dead bodies all over the place and shit hahaha.


  13. Spy Master Tokashi

    October 5, 2016 at 14:09



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