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Welcome to the Kill Count, where we tally up the victims in all our favourite horror movies!

Dead Meat is a horror commentary channel on YouTube founded by James A. Janisse of The Practical Folks in 2017. The primary draw of the channel is the Kill Count series, where James tallies up the body count in horror movies while offering commentary and trivia on the films covered. At the end of each Kill Count, the numbers are tallied up and broken down before the film is awarded a "Golden Chainsaw" and "Dull Machete" for best and worst kill respectively. Besides the Kill Count, other videos are made covering James' various trips to horror conventions and other random stuff relating to horror films, including a podcast aptly titled The Dead Meat Podcast, where James and his fiancee, Chelsea, discuss topics related to horror films.

The channel is named in reference to a line from Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, a line repeated in longer versions of the channel intro.


Now let's get to the tropes!:

  • Actor Allusion: James is fond of making these as jokes to reference the filmography of other actors, such as suggesting Miguel A. Núñez Jr.'s character in Leprechaun 4: In Space possesses singing skills in reference to his death scene in Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning.
  • Action Girl: James' preferred protagonist is a woman and doesn't shy away from voicing his admiration towards these characters. He also voices his disgust at sexist characters and disdains any depiction of rape and/or misogyny.
  • Adorkable: James' general enthusiasm for horror movies can be very endearing due to how passionate he is.
  • April Fools' Day: For his April Fool's Day 2019 video, James tricks viewers into thinking that he'll do a Kill Count on Avengers: Infinity War, only to switch gears mid-intro (complete with all the props in the background changing) and instead cover the Boy Meets World episode "And Then There Was Shawn".
  • Artistic License – Statistics: Discussed. James will give a kill-on-average ratio at the end of each count, though he often points out in some films that most of the kills came only at the end or were packed in at certain points, leading to the "there were X kills on average every Y minutes" conclusion sometimes being very unlike the real distribution. In Never Hike Alone, James even acknowledges that there were only two kills in the movie, both of which came in the last five minutes. He also acknowledged this during his covering of Get Out!, since all eight of the deaths happened in the last fifteen minutes. In the video for Final Destination, he notes that it's the highest body count in the series due to the Flight 180 explosion and that it completely throws the simple math off.
    • The plane crash that Brandon Breyer deliberately caused near the end of Brightburn brought him back bad memories of the Final Destination Kill Counts too due to how it artificially hyperinflated the kills in it.
  • Author Appeal: James is a big fan of Star Wars and David Bowie and frequently references them in his videos. In particular, he expresses an Even the Guys Want Him level of admiration in the A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge Kill Count for two random patrons in the S&M bar that resemble David Bowie.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • Before he gets to the numbers for Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, James hears a jet overhead, and it initially appears that he's about to suffer the same fate as the last 42 deaths from the movie. Turns out it was just a Blue Angels show, which James goes to watch.
    • During "The Numbers" for Us, James, in full Tethered gear, speaks in a raspy voice before he breaks character early and talks normally.
  • Berserk Button: While James usually has a rather neutral reaction to most of the bad movies that he watches, he seems to absolutely despise Saw 3D. Best shown when he brings up the movie's most infamous scene, Joyce burning to death, during the Final Destination 3 kill count.
    James: Fuck I hate that movie.
  • Bloody Hilarious: The series is a black comedy analysis of horror movies and ranks both the best and worst kills in a movie. James also states his preference and admiration towards practical effects in movies, while also voicing his scorn for over reliance on CGI.
  • Broke the Rating Scale: The lazy and uninspired kills in Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! did this for James to the point of giving all of the kills the "Dull Machete" award.
  • Catchphrase: At the end of every episode, James signs off with one that isn't really related to his content but is nonetheless good advice.
    James: Be good people!
    • Some more that pop up in the Kill Counts:
    "Slow-ass motherfuckin' Jeff!"
    "Go on and GIT!"
    "Saboteur!" (in an intense French accent)
    "Delicious drugs"
  • The Commandments: James has a set of rules to abide by when it comes to counting kills. The rules have to be verified by James himself and they are for comedic purposes, so don't make assumptions or excuses for why he didn't add a specific character's death.
    • Characters have to be introduced and physically seen so they can be counted on the list.
    • Babies are a controversial and delicate case, generally they have to be born and seen in order to be counted. If a pregnant woman dies, then only the woman will be counted as a kill, not the unborn baby. Babies will be exempt from the rating system/awards because of the subject matter and theme of the show.
    • The kill has to be fresh. If it's not displaying evidence of a recent kill then it doesn't count since they were killed before the events of the film. The victims have to be visualised, identified, and accurately totalled, especially during wide angle shots.
    • They have to be human or have human-like qualities, so animals or animalistic aliens don't count. There are exceptions to this rule. If the animal is a central character to the plot or plays an active role in the film, then they can be added. For example, when reviewing Cujo and Jaws, he counted Cujo and the shark as kills, but James said he wouldn’t do so with any of the sharks from the Jaws sequels.
    • Robots are not counted, as the trio of Killbots from Chopping Mall weren't sentient and didn't display any human traits. Unlike androids and cyborgs, which are counted the list due to their sentience and overall display of humanity. James also doesn’t count any of the Banana Splits animatronics and the Buddi dolls (including Reboot!Chucky) in their movies for the same reason.
    • Undead figures are a complicated example, but James said he'll include them on the list if he wants to inflate the numbers:
      • The human form will be counted but their resurrected form will not because they have already died and don't display life-like sentience. The Re-Animator Kill Counts are an example of this, as the reanimation serium brings new life to the undead, allowing them to be re-counted, whereas the zombies in Night of the Living Dead (1968) don't display the same level of sentience.
        • However, this has been thrown out ever since the Zombieland Kill Count.
      • Possessions count since the killing human form will generally kill the possessor. If the possessed human doesn't return to normal, then they too are counted as dead.
      • Dolls and toys like Chucky are allowed, but only if they display significant amounts of sentience. This rule results in James not counting any of the Demonic Toys as kills (not even Baby Oopsy-Daisy, who displays the most sentience out of them).
    • Premonitions and dreams do not count; the deaths have to be canonical (James still ranks these in their own category, but does not count them). In the Final Destination films, James puts the victims of the various accidents on the list but does not say how each died specifically (as they are often too numerous to describe in the first place). Since the main characters change their fates by avoiding the accidents, they cannot be counted with the other victims.
    • Similarly, in movies involving a "Groundhog Day" Loop, James counts every kill he sees, even if the same person dies multiple times. The distinction is made during the actual video and at the Numbers if the same person dies more than once. This rule mostly only applies to Happy Death Day and its sequel, but he's said in podcasts that the precedent is set for if any other horror movies use a time loop.
    • Related to the premonitions/dreams rule above, the kills must be presented during the film itself, and not in supplementary material such as deleted scenes, and if they do take place off-screen, a body must be shown or we must receive canon confirmation of their death. This is why James counts Alex Browning in Final Destination 2, but not Kimberly and Thomas in Final Destination 3, as the former's body was clearly shown in a photograph despite dying off-screen between the first and second movies, whereas the death of the latter two is only mentioned in a deleted scene. Deaths that occur off-screen and are simply confirmed by other characters tend to receive the "Dull Machete" award, especially if all of the other deaths are interesting.
    • The death has to be shown before a film transition or before the ending credits, so James can have an accurate tallying of deaths. Final Destination 3 created a dilemma for James, since the actual subway accident happened during a film transition before the credits, despite, the premonition showing how everyone is supposed to die beforehand. Since the survivors didn't return for the sequel and show how they defied the premonition, James is forced to put them on the tally.
    • If a victim has already been counted in a previous film's video, they won't be re-counted if their death is referenced or shown again in the backstory of a prequel or sequel.
    • If a death or body isn't shown, he will wait to count it until then, even if the death is actually confirmed before we see what happened (usually over the course of a movie series rather than an individual movie). For instance, he waited to put Adam from Saw on the count until the third movie even though the first movie left it obvious he would die and the second showed his corpse because the third movie actually showed his death.
  • Conspicuous CGI: He points this out for sub-par special effects, such as those in Leprechaun 4: In Space being comparable to an early video game.
  • Content Warnings:
    • In more recent videos, James has edited in a tone to alert viewers with seizure issues when scenes with flashing lights that may cause seizures begin and end.
    • James has had to make some Kill Counts with censored film footage due to the graphic nature making his videos instant targets for demonetization. However, he really doesn't like to do this, and will usually release an explicit version alongside the censored one if he gets a sponsor deal to pay for it.
    • In the intro for the video of President's Day, he noted that he was releasing a video about a Serial Killer in a high school not long after the Parkland shooting (the video was planned months in advance) and warned viewers to turn it off if they couldn't handle it so soon.
  • Corpsing: James has trouble keeping himself from laughing in his ThanksKilling Kill Count, due to the low quality and overall ridiculousness of the film.
  • Couch Gag: Each Kill Count ends with James moving to the number tally in a unique transition, often related to the film covered, and often with himself falling victim to circumstances he joked about or critcized in the film.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The earlier videos were more subdued in the number transitions and James possessed a different hairstyle and speaking tone. Videos released after Saw added a fair use disclaimer as well. In the Demonic Toys Kill Count, James calls back to it and point out how awful his hair looked back then.
    • James lampshades this in the first two Friday the 13th Kill Counts, remarking on Jason not being the killer in the first film and his drastically different attire and appearance in the second.
  • Ear Worm: In-universe, James notes how catchy the Banana Splits’ theme song is.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Part of the objective with the number breakdowns, which break down the kill numbers by gender, is to see if the deaths in a film follow this pattern.
  • Every Episode Ending: Two awards are given out at the end of every count: "Golden Chainsaw" for the coolest kill, and "Dull Machete" for the lamest kill. Finally, the host ends with "I'm James A. Janisse, and this has been the Kill Count." Also, right after a short spiel at the end of each video where James thanks his Patreon supporters, the last line of every video is "Be good people.".
    • Two awards were added on for his look at the Saw series, "Platinum Punji Sticks" and "Rusty Mousetrap" for the best and worst trap in a movie, regardless of if it killed someone or not.
    • For the Final Destination series, he adds the "Primo Premonition" award for the best kill to happen in a premonition that doesn't actually occur.
    • Since Krampus wasn't actually a Kill Count but a "Capture Count", the awards were changed to the "Golden Santa Sack" and the "Sour Candy Cane".
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even though the channel covers and delights in theatrical scenes of brutality, gore, and evil, James still draws a line at some content. For one, he often expresses squeamishness at the gore and deaths on display if they are too sadistic and cruel or sexually violent.
    • James has cited this as to why Jeepers Creepers and its sequels will not be covered on the Kill Count, due to director Victor Salva being a convicted paedophile. In Jack Frost (1997) he voices his partial relief that Jill Metzner's actress was 24 during the film since the 18-year-old character was raped to death in a signature scene which James finds appalling and distasteful.
    • James tends not to put animals on the Kill Count due to not wanting to inflate the Count with numbers for animals.
    • In his review of the Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood, he's upset when the Leprechaun gives a woman at a salon a Neck Snap, despite doing nothing to piss off the Lep' in the first place; he gives the "Dull Machete" to that specific kill for that reason and the fact that the kill was uncreative compared to the other kills in the film.
    • In his video analyzing the two versions (theatrical and director's cut) of the Rob Zombie Halloween (2007) reboot, he was appalled at the rape scene in the director's cut, refusing to show any major parts of it and saying he prefers the theatrical version of Halloween over the director's cut at the end of the video because of this scene, despite having liked the additional scenes with Laurie's parents and Dr. Loomis in the DC.
    • James hates sexism, misogyny and prejudice against the LGBT. In Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation he tells the audience to not insult feminism because of 3 misandristic witches. In A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, James addresses the homoerotic overtones and tells the audience to just accept it and take it as a lesson in empathy.
    James: For any straight guys complaining about how this is super gay, which it totally is...just think about how every other movie shoots the female characters like this. You can live with one movie catering to the ladies and the gay dudes, it's okay, it ain't gonna hurt you.
    • Similarly, James has often expressed discomfort/disapproval towards films where Values Dissonance and Unfortunate Implications are present and will acknowledge and discuss these problems even in films he otherwise enjoys.
    • In the Jigsaw review, he expresses disgust over the fact that so-called protagonist Anna killed her own baby in a fit of rage, framed her husband for it (by leading him to believe that he rolled over the child and smothered it while sleeping) and his subsequent guilt lead to him hanging himself, citing how he missed seeing Neo-Nazis getting run over in lieu of what was happening here.
    • James was taken aback by Calvin Bouchard's decision to save a random lady coworker from Jaws instead of his own nephew.
    • James warned viewers of his President's Day kill count to not watch if they would be triggered by a Serial Killer in a high school (the video, while planned months in advance to be released near the titular holiday, was released a few days after the Parkland shooting).
    • James has made it clear that he's not a fan of fanservice scenes in movies and considers those scenes lazy storytelling. As shown by his frustration and bewilderment by Final Destination 4's needless use of fanservice when the main character's girlfriend just stands around in her underwear for a few seconds for the sake of the camera.
    • In the The Banana Splits Movie (2019) video, he states his discomfort towards Thadd's Livestream proposal by saying he'll "Do the one thing I knew I would never do to Chelsea".
  • Even the Guys Want Him: James has a rather fawning attitude towards two random patrons that resemble David Bowie in the S&M bar in the A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge Kill Count.
    James: Sign me up!
    • He does it again in the Seed of Chucky Kill Count when he mentions that Glen is “only one dilated pupil away” from looking just like David Bowie. He even goes as far as to call David “the sexiest man who has ever or will ever walk this earth”.
  • Fanservice: James is not a big fan of the trope, and is usually unimpressed and often very critical of the gratuitous nudity and sex scenes prevalent in the movies he covers, finding them unnecessary. One reason he praises It Follows is because it doesn't rely on sex scenes to emphasise the monster's representation of sexuality and STDs.
  • Fun T-Shirt: James will, more often than not, wear a graphic T-shirt referencing in some way the film he's covering in his Kill Counts.
  • Gag Censor: James loves to use them to cover up naked bodies and even made them match the theme of the movie, like the Necronomicon for the Evil Dead franchise or chainsaws for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. However, he had noted in a tweet that he will use regular blur censors if the gag censors take up too much screen space to be usable.
  • Gentleman Snarker: He's very respectful towards women and very snarky towards mean-spirited characters. In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, after showing a clip of Marietta Marich complimenting Matthew Bomer's looks. James also complimented how beautiful Marietta Marich looked when she was younger.
  • George Lucas Altered Version: A variant in that after previously releasing a video covering Freddy vs. Jason as part of the Friday the 13th Kill Counts, a version including tweaks was released to be in the A Nightmare On Elm Street Kill Count videos.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Halloran's gruesome, gruesome death in Jigsaw was seen in all of its glory for the review. However, when the "Golden Chainsaw Super Cut" for year two aired, it was subsequently blurred out.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: James discusses the effectiveness and varying usage of this trope, demonstrating very much how Tropes Are Tools in how he varies between praising and admonishing films that use it depending on its execution. He notes that good executions can be rather terrifying while poor examples can come across as underwhelming or cheap depending on how they are depicted. He's even awarded Golden Chainsaws and Dull Machetes to kills of this nature as a reflection of its variable nature. Deliberate examples may be praised, for example, but cases where the discretion was due to the original graphic kill footage being heavily censored always make him disappointed.
  • Gratuitous Rape: Similar to unnecessary nudity and sex scenes, James doesn't like instances of this trope, and speaks out much more harshly against it.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: The "let's get to the numbers" and outro segments in his Happy Death Day Kill Count.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Discussed in the A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge Kill Count, where this was a prominent part of the film.
  • Hollywood Homely: In-universe. James discusses this trope in the Leprechaun 3 Kill Count in regard to Loretta being portrayed as frumpy and past her prime. He notes that Caroline Williams doesn't look any less attractive than she was presented as in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 ten years earlier.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Invoked. James covers holiday-themed horror movies around the time of the holiday in the real world, releasing the Kill Counts in a timely fashion.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: At the end of the Mordeo Season 1 Kill Count, James is temporarily taken out by one of the titular creatures after mistakenly eating human flesh he thought was beef jerky. As a result, the Mordeo delivers the numbers and awards in unintelligible screaming before James (sporting a nasty neck wound) shoos it away to do the outro.
  • Hypocritical Humor: James expresses annoyance at the fact that Child's Play ended in a freeze-frame, only for the shot before he gets to the numbers to end in one itself. In fact, many of his segues to the numbers feature him being harmed by something he mocked or criticized in the film he just discussed.
  • Identical Stranger: In-universe.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Gives the Golden Chainsaw award to Leatherface's golden chainsaw in Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III since it's a literal golden chainsaw, despite not being used to successfully kill someone in the film. The kills in the movie were too cut down after production for any one of them to be given the award, anyway.
  • Instant Turnoff: James doesn't understand why people find infantile voices sexy, which he says during the Kill Counts for Leprechaun 3 and Leprechaun Returns.
  • Made Myself Sad: In The Thing (1982), after MacReady shot Clark in self-defence, James was about to make a joke about who's going to watch the dogs, only to remember that the dogs are all dead and now he's sad.
  • Meaningful Background Event:
    • Over the course of the Child's Play Kill Counts, a Chucky doll prominently displayed in the background gradually emerges from its box, finally attacking James before he gets to the numbers for Cult of Chucky.
    • Also, in the Final Destination videos, the decorations on James’ shelf keep getting knocked down when the death related to them happens in the movie.
  • Medal of Dishonor:
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: A lot of the kill count numbers have male victims outnumber the female victims. James and Chelsea discuss this in the Final Girl episode on the Dead Meat Podcast. James posits that a character's gender isn't necessarily a deciding factor in the death, since any character in a horror movie is in danger. He notes that while men may die more in a horror film, women tend to get more slow and graphic deaths. He cites Saw 3D as an example, as Joyce is killed horrifically by being slowly burned alive in front of her husband Bobby, despite doing nothing to deserve it and being killed only to punish Bobby for lying about his experiences with Jigsaw.
  • Mood Whiplash: A major complaint James has towards The Belko Experiment is that the Black Comedy of James Gunn's script heavily contrasts with the serious direction from Greg McLean.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: By Leprechaun: Back to tha' Hood, James is getting a little tired of the franchise, and his intro expresses this.
    James: Welcome to the Kill Count, where we tally up the victims in all our favourite horror movies...and also the Leprechaun ones.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: James isn't a fan of unnecessary fanservice, often regarding those scenes as gratuitous.
  • Pungeon Master: James never hesitates to make puns if he's able, and even lampshades this in the President's Day Kill Count:
    James: Hope y'all like presidential puns and political jokes, because I've been training my whole goddamn life for this video!
  • Obligatory Joke: At the end of the Silent Night kill count, after James ends up being burned alive by the killer Santa and left as a skeleton, Dan Forden pops up on the right side and yells "TOASTY!"
  • Oh, Crap!: James' reaction whenever a character uses a smoke grenade or something to block the view of a group killing, creating much more guesswork for him as to how many people got killed. He lampshades this during the The First Purge Kill Count.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: Happens towards the end of the Kill Count for Unfriended: Dark Web: first, during the transition to the numbers; and then, during said numbers, when James mentions the hacker of unknown gender and his voice and the figure representing them glitch out for an instant.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: James absolutely hates any depiction of sexual assault. In Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III James is appalled and disturbed by the implication of Leatherface being the father of the creepy childnote . In the kill count for Happy Death Day, he voices his respect towards Carter for not taking advantage of Tree while she was drunk the other night. James tells his audience that Carter is a "righteous horror character to emulate".
  • Refuge in Audacity: The reason he awards the Golden Chainsaw to the Leprechaun bursting out of a man's penis for Leprechaun 4: In Space, as it was part of the director's pitch that got the film greenlit.
  • Retroactive Recognition: In-universe, James has a habit of doing this when actors who are better known for later work show up, and will inevitably joke about it.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: James is prone to rhyming while talking about certain characters.
  • Rule of Funny: James has cited this on occasion as to why certain kills are not counted or looked over because no commentary or jokes could be offered. Related to...
  • Rule of Fun: James has made it clear the Kill Counts are supposed to be fun first and foremost, which is why he occasionally points this out to discourage people from taking it too seriously.
  • Running Gag:
    • The A Nightmare on Elm Street videos have James bemoaning the appearance of Super forms of characters with "Super X sucks!" Similarly, he insistently refers to the girls who jump rope and sing Freddy's song as Jump Rope Girls like they were a music group.
    • He refers to the titular Leprechaun as "the little shit" or "Leppy boy".
    • He tends to say "saboteur" in a dramatic fashion whenever someone commits an act of sabotage.
    • While covering the Child's Play franchise, he constantly comes up with new variations of "Incantation -iation" every time the Damballa chant is said.
    • From Saw III onward, making reference to "slow-ass motherfuckin' Jeff".
    • During the Jaws series: "Does that (Chekhov's Gun) look like an oxygen tanknote  to you?"
    • During the Final Destination series, whenever there are signs that death is coming for one of the characters, James notes that things are getting “SHPOOKAY!”
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Often bends the rules for Kill Counts in one way or another, and often lampshading his tendancy to do so.
    James: Oh, I guess Angela's playing by Whose Line slash Calvinball slash Kill Count rules, they're not that important!
  • Self-Deprecation: During his Kill Count for ''The Look-See'' season 2, James refers to Raymond, who he played, as "a Gordon Hayward-looking motherfucker", asks if he watches too many horror movies or something, and in the Dull Machete says how James Capshaw could have taken him easily.
    • James himself is awarded the Dull Machete at the end of the Mordeo Kill Count, by getting his throat ripped out by a Mordeo after accidentally eating human flesh.
  • Shown Their Work: During Kill Counts, James often goes into the details of a film's production, giving trivia and shouting out members of the production who may be obscure or less-discussed because they worked on areas with less publicity. He'll also bring attention to negative or problematic aspects of production and call them out, which also requires background research.
  • Signing Off Catchphrase: James typically ends videos by saying "Be good people."
  • So Bad, It's Good: In-universe, this is James' rationale for giving both the Golden Chainsaw and the Dull Machete to Rick's Eye Scream in Friday the 13th Part III, due to the obvious mannequin head.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: He criticizes The Belko Experiment for this when a massacre is accompanied by jovial music, as the scene is lacking the black comedy he felt was required to pull it off.
  • Special Effects Failure: In-universe, James points out instances of this trope that are particularly appalling/humorous. In particular, he takes Leprechaun 4: In Space to task for its Conspicuous CGI.
  • Spoiled by the Format: invoked Kills are instantly accompanied by text and a tally, plus a brief description of how the character died, flashing onscreen, officially adding a character to the count. If a character looks to have been killed, but no text pops up onscreen, they're actually alive. James will lampshade this later when the character turns up again, noting that the audience probably realized they weren't added to the count. Averted in The Look-See (Season 1) Kill Count, though, to keep the suspense, where a kill is retracted after it was added when the victim turns out to be alive. In other cases, James will outright clarify the status by mentioning right there and then that the character didn't really die, or mentioning this as the reason for why a group of victims is missing one of the members on the count.
  • Take That!:
    • The Nightmare on Elm Street version of the Freddy vs. Jason Kill Count has him refer to Blake's father as an Alex Jones lookalike and sarcastically laments his death by saying he should've cashed in his Info Wars money.
    • The Predators Kill Count has him mention that the titular aliens are not to be confused with sexual predators such as Harvey Weinstein.
    • In his kill count for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), James lightly insults Michael Bay by referencing Bay's style of using unnecessary fanservice. As the protagonist, Erin gets wet twice during the movie while wearing a white top, James comments that Jessica Biel must be freezing while doing the scene. James also states that Bay must have given her the role after she washed his car .
  • Teaser-Only Character: The long version of the Dead Meat intro has images from the the original Carrie and American Psycho. To date, James has yet to review either of these films.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: James' reaction whenever a film has a wide or sweeping shot full of dead bodies and/or random Red Shirts getting killed, mostly because it means he'll have to go frame by frame counting everyone. The Purge series is by far the worst offender, and James will more or less always groan or complain whenever one of the films does so.
    • Special mention should also go to Us, when it turns out that the Tethered's extermination plan goes nationwide, which provoked lots of irritation for James whenever an aboveground shot shows dozens of corpses at a time.
    James: Oh shit! Are those a bunch of background bodies? Start the fucking Purge counting engines, I guess.
    • This is also precisely why he said in his podcast episode covering Ghost Ship that he will never do a Kill Count for it, as the way the massacre scene in that film is shot would make it practically impossible for him to get a proper victim count.
    • Similarly, he set a precedent when he covered Prometheus of not putting Engineers on the count because the next movie would've been literally impossible to correctly count if he did. As it turns out that the Engineers meet all his rules later on in the movie, he repeatedly points out that he is literally only doing it to give himself an easier time.
  • Values Dissonance: In-universe, James points out egregious cases of these in films, such as taking issue with the portrayal of a transgender character in Leprechaun in the Hood.
  • Voice of the Legion: James ends up speaking as this before he gets to the numbers in the kill counts of The Evil Dead (1981) as he imitates a Deadite and in Demonic Toys as he speaks as though he's a demon.
  • Waxing Lyrical: James does this occasionally.
  • What Measure Is a Humanoid?: Alien deaths in the series are counted by how humanoid they resemble. He won't count xenomorphs since they are more insectoid and animalistic, whereas, the Yautja are counted on the list because they display more human-like qualities in behaviour and physiology.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: As noted under Everyone Has Standards, James leaves animals off the kill count. He also flip flops on having robots and other non-humans being included, usually putting them on if they are sentient (Such as Yautja and Chucky in doll form) and leaving them off if they are sufficiently non-sentient/human (Such as Xenomorphs and most zombies).
  • Your Head Asplode:

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