Kill Counting 101
Firstly, we must stress that just like the Pirate Code, these points are more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules. You are free to pick and choose whichever points you agree with, or non of them if you prefer to use your own methods. Either way we have listed here some pretty good starting positions for the avid kill counter.
The Kill Counter Strategy
A kill is only a kill if someone either by action or inaction causes
another or themselves to die.
- They do not have to stay dead.
- We do not have to see them die.
- We only need to witness the killers action or inaction.
- Generally speaking only kills by named characters are counted but this is really down to the discretion, and mental attitude, of the counter.
- Kills seen in visions, flashbacks or as clips included from another movie are not normally counted, unless of course they impact on live action events in the current movie.
- When a stunt double is responsible for a kill we assign the kill to the original actor. Sorry stunt doubles!
- If a number of kills are witnessed and there are a number of possible killers we generally divide the kill share out evenly amongst them.
If we only witness a number of kills from a distance or the exact
number of kills is visually unconfirmable we apply a 'best guess'
- Feel free to nerd out as much or as little as you wish to come to an answer.
- Google is your friend.
- Sometimes a character is beaten up so badly that they may as well be dead. If a character is out of a good portion of a movie as the result of a pounding then this may be counted as a kill.
- We assume that the kills we count are those of living creatures, if however you wish to count the demise of plants or toasters, then by all means go ahead. In these cases it is polite to include a note of what is being counted alongside the kill stats.