You probably didn't know that you wanted to know how your favorite movie monster stacks up against other movie monsters, but now that you're here, you might as well check it out. We're talking body counts here—kill counts. It's gratuitous, yeah, but we're all adults here; let's stop being so serious for a few minutes. This list is about counting the on-screen deaths, or, at least, the confirmed kills. There are a number of resources that have compiled information on monster body counts and all of them disagree with each other. This one is no different. Some lists include only slashers, and some just randomly choose their favorite monster. Here, we've tried to select the biggest and the baddest killers that are part of a series of movies (more than one movie—sorry Pennywise). We've also excluded television shows (sorry Hannibal and Norman).
We're focused on movie characters only. We're also focused on confirmed kills, as mentioned above. That means we're not delving into the madness of counting the deaths after space stations are destroyed (Jason) or after nightclubs are burnt down (Pinhead). We're looking at only the numbers we can count. There are going to be fluctuations, we promise. It's a guarantee that we've missed a body here or there, but we've done our very best to be accurate and double check our numbers.
Another thing worth noting is that, unfortunately, some of the monsters with the highest body counts (Dracula, Godzilla and King King) need to left off the list because they just have too many bodies to count. Either there are simply too many films or too much mass destruction to even get close to an accurate number. Let's just say that these three are at the top and leave it at that. Without further ado, here are the 15 (more modern) movie monsters with the highest body counts.
15 The Creeper (20) – Jeepers Creepers
Coming in tied with Jaws is the Creeper from the Jeepers Creepers franchise. The Creeper is a weird dude. He's a pretty jacked demon with bat-like wings and a weird patch of hair. He drives a sweet sleeper truck with a bada** license plate "BEATINGU," and terrorizes people that travel near his home. He hibernates for a significant period of time, but, when he's out of hibernation, watch out because he kills anything in his way. His official kill count is 20, but there's no doubt that's going to increase with a third film scheduled to drop in 2017. We were first introduced to the Creeper in 2001 with Jeepers Creepers, and then again in 2003 with Jeepers Creepers 2. Based on a 1938 song, Jeepers Creepers is very easily the most underrated franchise on this list and his theme song is off the hook.
14 Mr. Shark (20) – Jaws
If you're one of those people that are sitting there saying "but, but, it's a different shark each time!" Just shush. They are all sharks that kill people and they are all referred to as "Jaws" in the film's title, therefore they are all the same on this list. "Jaws isn’t even a monster; it’s a shark." Ugh. Enough of that nonsense, too. These are not real sharks. These are monsters in summer blockbusters. They count. Jaws first started eatin' up unsuspecting swimmers off Amity island in the summer of 1975. Over the next 12 years (1975-1987), Jaws would kill 20 people over four movies. Jaws' weapon of choice is his own chompers because they're so very sharp. At the end of each movie, Jaws is killed but his carnivorous soul is clearly being reborn within a new shark every couple of years.
13 Candyman (22) – Candyman
12 Ghostface (34) – Scream
11 Pinhead (35) – Hellraiser
10 Leatherface (35) – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
9 Chucky (38) – Child's Play
8 Death (43) – Final Destination
7 Freddy Krueger (43) – A Nightmare on Elm Street
6 Puppet Master (44) – Puppet Master
5 Lubdan (45) – Leprechaun
4 Victor Crowley (47) – Hatchet
3 Jigsaw (60) – Saw
2 Michael Myers (107) – Halloween
1 Jason Voorhees (158) – Friday the 13th
There wasn't really a question about who would come in at number one for serious horror fans; it's just about how high his number is. Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th franchise has been killing teens by the truckload since 1981. Now with 12 films total from 1981 to 2009, Jason has killed 158 people all over the universe. Jason can die, but he never stays dead. He's big and scary and most of his work is done at or around Camp Crystal Lake, the place where he drowned as a child. After the events of the first film, which had Jason's mother, Pamela, killed by the only camp counselor she was unable to kill herself, Jason now basically avenges his mother's death and continues on her mission. What a gem she is.
Sources: ETOnline; IMDB; HorrorFilmBodyCounts
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