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James A. Janisse doing what he does best: countin’ kills.

"Welcome to the Kill Count, where we tally up the victims in all our favorite horror movies!"
James A. Janisse, the opening to each episode
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The Kill Count is a web video series hosted primarily by James A. Janisse of Dead Meat, though starting in 2022 some videos would be hosted by guest hosts, such as James' wife Chelsea or Dead Meat editor Zoran. The series offers a humorous summary of horror/thriller movies while counting down the kills that appear in the movie.

While showing clips from the films and making snarky jokes, James lists whenever a character dies, timestamps their death in the movie's run time, and lists the cause of death. Even though the series focuses on deaths and gore effects, the host also offers his takes on the films as he tallies the numbers while giving behind-the-scenes facts.

The kill count record for the series is currently held by Zombieland: Double Tap at an estimated 376 deaths.


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  • 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.
  • An Aesop:
    • In the ending of the kill count for Terror Train; he shaves his beard and tells the audience how cruel it is to cyberbully someone over something as trivial as their appearance. He states how the comments had left him a bit disheartened because they were more focused on his physical appearance than his content.
    • In the cover of the Final Destination movies, he implores his fanbase to take their health seriously as he had a cancer scare in his younger years due to excessive tanning.
    • James has prevailing feminist and sex-positive messages in his videos; James always tells the audience to treat women as equals, to respect consent, and James repeatedly shows how damaging and reprehensible sexual assault is.
      • Twelve Hour Shift: Flaws are humanizing qualities and characters in a film need them to be relatable to the audience. James repeatedly points out that women in film are either portrayed as sex objects or portrayed as flawless characters who are unrelatable as a result. For 12 Hour Shift, he praises the film for actually portraying women as flawed but relatable characters and not pandering to a demographic, calling the characterisation "truly feminist".
      • Bones (2001) and Happy Death Day: James praises the male protagonists for respecting consent when the ladies were either scared or in a compromised state to have sex. In Happy Death Day, he says Carter is "A righteous horror movie character to emulate" for escorting Tree home and sleeping in a separate bed so she doesn't choke or be taken advantage of while she's drunk. In Bones, he voices his approval when Patrick stops getting intimate with Cynthia after she gets frightened and lets her sleep in a separate bed. James calls the act "The minimum standard of decency" to emphasise the importance of consent and respect towards their partner's boundaries and wellbeing.
      • Revenge (2017): No matter how a woman acts, whether it be promiscuous, unfaithful, or something to that degree, rape is still the worst thing you can ever go through and it should never be seen as a valid punishment for the way a woman chooses to live her life.
      • Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation: Every organisation has good and bad representations in the media and you shouldn't take those representations as gospel, media is more about "thought experiments" as they use all sorts of interpretations for their story (no matter how biased they appear to the audience). In the episode, James explains that feminism isn't about murdering men and it's badly represented by the 3 misandristic witches in the movie. James explains that the theme of the movie is about feminism, the mistreatment of women in the workplace and how feelings of anger and bitterness can make you vulnerable to manipulation when you let those feelings cloud your judgement.
      • Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort: Men being sexually harassed and sexually assaulted should be seen as a valid situation and it is just as horrifying an experience. Being sexually harassed and assaulted by a woman is not the ultimate male fantasy and shouldn't be portrayed as a good thing.
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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: invokedDuring his kill counts for the Saw franchise, James notes that the variety of Freudian Excusesnote  that John Kramer has for starting this whole "Jigsaw" business, makes him ask if John Kramer simply just looked for an excuse to put people in horrifying death traps.
  • April Fools' Day: In 2019, he posted a video that appeared to be a kill count for Avengers: Infinity War. Naturally, it wasn't. James outright says doing a Kill Count episode on that movie would be impossible, given its Downer Ending. It was instead a Kill Count of 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 (2017), 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.
    • The ending of The Cabin in the Woods appears to have a high number because the Ancient Ones awaken and cause The End of the World as We Know It. However, James doesn't count that, since it's ambiguous as to exactly what happened.
    • Discussed in the into to the April Fools' Day episode of Avengers: Infinity War, where James outright refuses to do a kill count for that, owing to its Downer Ending where The Bad Guy Wins and Thanos wipes out half of the entire universe with the Infinity Gauntlet. James says doing a kill count for that movie would be outright impossible.
  • 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.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The trailer for the recount of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday describes the film as this for every Friday the 13th fan who thought that the series had turned into a invoked Franchise Zombie and wanted it to try something new besides Jason killing teenagers at Crystal Lake. What they got was a movie with barely any Jason in it and a plot about Demonic Possession by Jason's spirit.
  • 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.
    • He doesn’t really like finding piles of dead bodies in movies and having to count them as well, as evidenced by this line from his Kill Count for the Banana Splits Movie when Paige finds the rest of the adults dead in a heap.
    James: Aw, what the fuck? COME ON!
  • Bias Steamroller:
    • James revealed that I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer is his most hated horror movie of all time and justifiably so it's so horrible that it scored an infamous 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. And when he finally does a Kill Count for it, he makes that fact perfectly clear. He sounds bored in his intro and opening narration, and instead of going into detail about the movie's production, he just says "this movie fucking sucks" before getting right to the recap. And before getting to the numbers, instead of doing anything from the movie, James smacks the film's DVD off his shelf and flips it off. James reiterates during the video's outro (and in earlier Last Summer videos as well) that I'll Always Know is his least-favorite horror movie of all time. He'd later call Mortal Kombat: Annihilation the worst film to be covered on the kill count, although it doesn't bother him as much.
    • James would later call ThanksKilling 3 the worst movie he's ever covered, and makes it clear throughout the Kill Count how much he despises the film. He tries to give his usual opening, but gives up halfway through to rant about how he's only covering it because people wouldn't stop flooding his comments with requests for it. He insults the movie's plot and production values throughout the count, and doesn't even bother saying "Let's get to the numbers" after recapping the film; he instead says "let's get this shit over with" and just walks offscreen.
  • Big "NO!":
    • James lets out a real one of these during the outro in Mandy because the prop axe that resembled the one from the movie fell off of his bookcase, breaking in half when it hit the floor. Luckily, James was sent a free replacement axe before the Kill Count happened.
    • Also, when James finally realizes he’s going to have to cover Thankskilling 3.
  • Big "WHAT?!": James' shocked reaction to learning that the Jerkass Coach in Carrie 2 is the son of none other then former US President Gerald Ford.
  • Bloody Hilarious: The juxtaposition of James making pop culture references over scenes of death and murder are part of the draw of the series.
  • 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. This happened again in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.
    • I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer had the entire movie get the Dull Machete award, except for one kill that James especially liked. It even runs through the whole film (credits and all) in just a few seconds.
    • Conversely, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Leprechaun Returns, The VVitch, The Shining, Better Watch Out, Never Hike In The Snow, Society, Midsommar, Stitches (2012) and Mordeo Season 1, which have no Dull Machete awarded to any of the killsnote . While one of the kills gets the Golden Chainsaw in each instancenote , James doesn't find any of the kills weak enough to award a Dull Machete and says all of the kills are really good.
    • Due to the large numbers of infected wandering around in the third and fourth [REC] movies, James admitted in their Kill Counts that he gave up on counting near the ends of the movies, stating that there was simply no way to tell if held previously counted them or not and just assumed he did by that point.
    • Similarly, Zombieland: Double Tap's Kill Count was an absolute nightmare due to multiple mass killings in the dark. He asked the filmmakers, tried to use an AI program, just estimated, and then the editor just counted the best he could.
    • For Tremors 7: Shrieker Island, Zoran gave the Dull Machete to every kill save one, due to all being derivative offscreen deaths. And that one exception, Burt's death at the climax, doesn't get the Golden Chainsaw either, since Zoran felt its execution lacked the emotional impact the movie was aiming for.
  • 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:
    "TITLE CARD!"
    "Slow-ass motherfuckin' Jeff!" (for the SAW franchise)
    "Little Shit" (for the Leprechaun franchise)
    "Go on and GIT!"
    "Bastard Skellys"/ "Grow some skin you fucks!" (referring to whenever random bones/skeletons/human remains are found)
    "A good boy" (whenever a dog appears)
    "Saboteur!" (in an intense French accent)
    "SHPOOKAY!"
    "Delicious drugs"
    "It's an ALL OUT (insert fight context here) FIGHT!!" [airhorn noises] (whenever a big fight is about to begin)
    "That's nice/not nice." (in a condescending tone)
    "Dinosawh!" (It's how he pronounces "dinosaur," in a reference to the first Jurassic Park; this naturally came up in the Jurassic Park and Tammy and the T-Rex kill counts quite a bit)
    "[action]! That! Puppet!"
    "BUSINESS!"
    "WooOOOooah!" (in response to especially obnoxious or unconvincing 3D effects)
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience:
    • The kill tally uses several colours to count victims; blue for males, red for females, grey for the undead or victims of unknown gender, and green for extra-terrestrials.
    • The Kill Counts for the Tremors films separately counted the various monsters and used its own color key for them — orange for Graboids, blue for Shriekers, red for Ass-Blasters, green for Dirt Dragons, and yellow for Grabbers.
  • 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, so don't make assumptions or excuses for why he didn't add a specific character's death. The rules listed are reccuring rules or explanations about the kills themselves, they are not to be taken seriously and James has stated that he will bend the rules in accordance to the film of the episode.
    • 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. James sometimes plays with this rule by including animals that were central to the story and because of how famous they are; in Cujo and Jaws, he counted Cujo and the shark as kills, but he didn't any of the sharks from the Jaws sequels. He also jokingly counts the stuffed dinosaur Rex from Wes Craven's New Nightmare since its owner said that it was a brave dino.
    • 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 and supernatural figures are a complicated example, but James said he'll include them on the list if he wants to inflate the numbers:
      • James will count zombies through infections, if a survivor becomes infected then they will be classed as dead if they don't amputate or cure themselves.
      • Revenant zombies are counted twice (once for dying as a human, twice for dying as a revenant) because they display more sentience than common zombies (mindless creatures that are driven to kill and consume, display no sentience or intelligence).
      • For films like Zombieland, James will count all zombies that are killed on screen since they make a majority of the body count.
      • Possessions count since the killing human form will generally kill the possessor if they don't evacuate the host. If the possessed human doesn't return to normal, then they too are counted as dead. Possessors also have to possess human forms, otherwise, they won't be included on the list. In Christine, James refused to add Christine to the kill count because she was still a car, not a human and it's never stated if Christine was possessed or sentient.
      • 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).
      • Kills after revivals count as separate deaths. In other words, if a character dies on-screen, then comes back to life and dies on-screen again, each death will be counted as a kill. Several characters in The Babysitter: Killer Queen died and came back to life, and James counted each one of their deaths as separate kills.
    • 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.
    • 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 is confirmed before we see what happened, he will wait to count it until we see it (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.
      • Similarly, he pointed out in his Kill Count for It: Chapter Two how he did not count Henry Bowers in his Kill Count for It (2017) 2 years ago as the former revealed that he survived the fall in the well.
      • Another example is Michael Myers/the paramedic in Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later who gets counted as a half kill, since it isn't revealed until the beginning of the following film that Michael Myers faked his death by switching spots with the paramedic and putting him in the mask.
    • If a film has only one kill in it, it will not be covered on the channel, so you won’t see any Paranormal Activity films on the channel. If the movie has way too many deaths to count then it won't be covered by the channel. He makes a special exception in the Krampus film he watches, cause no one died in it. They instead got taken to an alternate dimension in the end. So instead, he makes it a Capture Count.
    • If a canon sequel mentions how many people are killed in its previous film (regardless of whether it's an off-hand conversation or a news report), it can be used to tally up the kills in the latter. This is how James can identify the number of people killed during the prom massacre in Carrie (1976) due to one of the characters in The Rage: Carrie 2 mentioning how many people died in the former.
    • While this rule is not related to how kills are counted, James will only perform Kill Counts for horror and horror-related movies (even if he has to stretch the definition in some cases). Similarly, if the first movie in a series was primarily horror but the sequels drifted away from the genre (such as Jurassic Park/Jurassic World and The Purge, which had Actionized Sequels), he'll still cover the sequels.
  • Content Warnings:
    • James has edited in a tone to alert viewers with seizure issues when scenes with flashing lights that may cause seizures begin and end. [REC] and Quarantine have so many flashing lights that he couldn’t keep putting the tone in the videos, so he simply advised photosensitive viewers to skip them altogether.
    • 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.
    • As of The Invisible Man (2020), self-harm warnings are included.
  • 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: How James transitions from counting/summarizing the movie to revealing the numbers and declaring the "Golden Chainsaw" and "Dull Machete" awards. It's always different, and has something to do with the film in question.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Very much Averted when talking about movies where abuse happens to male characters, but especially in his video on Valentine, where he is disgusted with Dorothy for making a False Rape Accusation.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: While James doesn't mind if female characters die in horror movies, he does call out certain movies that use sexual exploitation, use them for sympathy points, or paint women as Straw Feminists.
    • Does NOT enjoy the "girl is raped by the gimmick killer" 'gag' used in movies like Thankskilling and Jack Frost.
    • He calls out Saw 3D on its excessive use of violent deaths for women, including one innocent woman who was burned alive in a brazen bull because her husband lied about being caught in one of Jigsaw's traps.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The earlier videos were more subdued in the number transitions and James possessed a different hairstyle and speaking tone. They also tended to be under twenty minutes on average, with James speaking more quickly and rarely discussing behind-the-scenes information for the movies in question. Over time, Kill Counts became longer and include more discussion about the films' production. Videos released after Saw added a fair use disclaimer as well. In the Demonic Toys Kill Count, James calls back to it and points out how awful his hair looked back then.
    • James has admitted that his more subdued demeanor in the earliest Dead Meat videos compared to his excited and energetic presence in the later ones is due to his being able to get more sleep now that Dead Meat is his full-time job. When he was working a full-time job and making the videos as a hobby, he'd typically be much more burned out when he was filming them.
    • 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: 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.
  • 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”.
  • 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 whether it killed someone or not. For the Kill Counts of Saw II through Saw 3D, James also gives each movie a specialized subtitle to help distinguish them from each other.
    • For the Jurassic Park/World franchise, he adds the "Diamond Dino" award for the best dinosaur moment in the franchise, regardless of whether 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" for the best and worst captures respectively.
    • Beginning with his re-done Night of the Living Dead (1968) kill count he inaugurated the "Coolest Corpse" award, for the zombie he found the most interesting.
    • During the Tremors kills counts, guest host Zoran counts the Graboid deaths separately from the human ones, and gives the "Burt's Hunting Trophy" award to whichever one he likes best.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Has a whole subpage.
  • Foreshadowing: Something of a blink-and-you'll-miss-it example in the kill count for Mayhem. In the film, the presence of the ID-7 virus is accompanied by characters rubbing at one of their eyes. James does the same thing while talking about the film, foreshadowing that the episode's Couch Gag will involve him going crazy as if he were under its effects.
  • Flawless Token: Discussed in the kill count for 12 Hour Shift, James is a firm supporter of feminism and hates films that objectify women and treat them as sex objects. At the same time, he thinks films that portray women as flawless and messianic are equally problematic since they still aren't portrayed as people.
    James: I especially love that she wrote a movie with a predominantly female cast, and did so in a way that's truly feminist - just let women be people.
    Brea Grant: We write these really great roles for women, but they're always, like, up on these pedestals. But I wanted to see a woman... have a lot of flaws. And all of the female characters have a lot of flaws.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Invoked. James counts dead bodies shown in the background as kills, though he often laments that he has to go frame-by-frame to get an accurate count.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Discussed; after watching several Saw movies, James debated on whether or not Kramer still had good enough reasons for putting so many people through his death traps. James instead wondered if Kramer just had a crippling addiction to torturing people and used parts of his backstory to justify his killings and to pass on the blame to someone else.
  • Fun T-Shirt: James will, more often than not, wear a graphic T-shirt or costume 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 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 comments 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.
  • 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.
  • Guest Host:
    • With James taking the first half of 2022 off in order to focus on his wedding and health, Dead Meat editor Zoran takes over to host kill counts for the Tremors franchise. He proved popular enough to later return to do Slither as well.
    • Chelsea also finally got in on things in 2022, covering American Psycho and its sequel.
  • Heroic BSoD: James has a pretty big one (complete with multiple instances of a Big "NO!") at the end of the Kill Count for Mandy (2018), when his replica of The Beast falls to the floor and snaps in half.note 
  • 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 anyone 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.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: invokedJames tends to be pretty critical towards remakes, reboots and etc. especially if they are way too similar to their source materials. Although at times he does also tend to criticize Mythology Gags. As he himself states he really appreciates originality.
    • James holds this opinion about Quarantine, saying that the film is too much of a shot-for-shot remake that doesn't feel as real as [REC] did. Notably, he said that the few moments that the film added that REC didn't have, particularly the kill with the camera and the man tearing down the tarp only to get shot by the police outside, were great additions and that he wishes there were more of them.
  • Keet: James is a very cheerful, energetic guy who's almost always smiling.
  • Made Myself Sad: In The Thing (1982), after MacReady shot Clark in self-defense, 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.
    • During, appropriately, the Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Kill Count, James slowly shaves more and more as the video goes on, starting the video with a full beard and ending it clean-shaven.
    • At the start of Christine Kill Count, the car in the background is broke with its parts open. But by the end of the video, the car's parts are all closed.
    • For Basket Case, the basket is the only thing visible on the shelf. Once we get to the part where Belial is revealed to the audience, the case is turned over, revealing Belial inside.
  • Medal of Dishonor:
    • The "Dull Machete," which goes to a film's least-interesting kill. It usually goes to someone who dies by gunshot (since James considers gun deaths "lame"), someone who dies of natural causes, or someone who dies offscreen.
    • Both Silent Night, Deadly Night: Part III and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation got no Golden Chainsaw award, since James felt all of the deaths lacked effort, adding "I don't award movies that don't try."
    • Up to Eleven for I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer where the entire film gets the Dull Machete, except for one kill that James especially liked.
    • Zoran got to join in with Tremors 7: Shrieker Island, giving all of the off-screen deaths the Dull Machete, and feeling the one on-screen death (Burt Gummer) wasn't worth giving the Golden Chainsaw.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: A lot of the kill count numbers have male victims outnumber the female victims.
  • 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. (In his Leprechaun Returns episode, James does admit that he's since come around to "the little shit".)
      James: Welcome to the Kill Count, where we tally up the victims in all our favourite horror movies...and also the Leprechaun ones.
    • Comes up again as he gets further into the Wrong Turn series and is increasingly tired of the series slide into cheap sleaze.
      James: Welcome to the Kill Count, where we tally up the victims in all our favorite horror movies...and the Wrong Turn series. (For Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines)
      James: Welcome to the Kill Count, where we tally up the victims in all the Wrong Turn movies. (For Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort)
  • Narm: In his opinion, the premonition deaths in Final Destination 4 come across as this. They are so badly done that he refers to the people involved as "cartoon characters"
  • Negative Continuity: Often, James will be killed before he gets to the numbers. Never seems to keep him down very long, as he's always just fine the following video.
  • Neck Snap: James tends to find this kind of kill lazy and unimaginative. If there's one in a movie, odds are that it'll be the Dull Machete recipient.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: It's a channel dedicated to deaths in horror media; James naturally falls into this. He frequently compliments creative deaths or cool-looking gore effects.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: He bluntly refuses to put Emmett Tillnote  on the Count for Tales from the Hood 2 with this justification.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: At one point during the Tremors kill count, Zoran mentions an episode of the TV series featuring a prehistoric shrimp monster, and then clarifies that he's not making that up.
  • 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.
    • During the trailer for the Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth Kill Count, James is so clearly dreading having to cover the nightclub massacre scene that when it gets mentioned, he breaks character (having been narrating the trailer in an imitation of Pinhead's voice) in order to freak out about it.
  • 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.
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: No matter how much James hates a particular movie, he likes to draw attention to movie team and he'll praise directors who cared about their product and took responsibility for the people under their command. Although James hates Jason Takes Manhattan, he praised Rob Hedden's appreciation for the franchise since he kept the set free of drugs, kept a healthy atmosphere, listened to Kane Hodder's suggestions for Jason, and he put the cast and crews safety first by refusing to break overtime laws. Rob Hedden also went nude after Sharlene Martin expressed her anxiety about being naked for a film, an act that Sharlene appreciated.
  • One True Pairing:invoked
    • James wants to see Leo Barnes and Charlie Roan from the movie The Purge: Election Year, end up together. In that same video, he revealed that he ships Sawyer and Juliet from Lost as well.
    • James also openly ships Lex and Scar in the Alien vs. Predator Kill Count, with most of the team up between the two having James gushing about how much he likes the two working together.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • He was really miserable during the I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer Kill Count. James barely had any energy, skipping right over his usual intro of information by just saying "this movie fucking sucks". He later confirmed that I'll Always Know is his most hated horror movie of all time.
    • He was even more miserable during the Kill Count for ThanksKilling 3. He couldn't even get through his usual intro before he started tearing the film apart and saying that he was only covering it because people wouldn't stop leaving comments asking him to do it. At the end, he doesn't say "let's get to the numbers", but "let's get this shit over with" and walking off without the usual Couch Gag.
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: Nudity and/or really nasty gore effects get censored with blur effects. James frequently lampshades it, saying he doesn't want to get in trouble with YouTube over violent or sexual content, so he compromises with the censorship.
  • Pink Is Erotic: For the episode on Revenge (2017), James decorates the background with pink and wears a pink t-shirt as he covers the rape-revenge movie and discusses the topic of sexual assault. He even uses a pink star to cover Richard's genitals in the third act.
  • 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!
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: James absolutely hates any tasteless 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".
    • Similarly, James states outright that he's very uncomfortable with the lengthy rape scene in The Devil's Rejects and states that he judges anyone who thinks the character who commits it is cool in any way. This is also part of what cements his negative opinion of the Firefly family.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: In the kill count of "Shaun of the Dead", James states that he recognizes Matt Lucas from Bridesmaids and The Great British Bake Off. In general, James isn't afraid to show his feminine side and have fun making the kill counts.
  • 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: Invoked, James has a habit of doing this when actors who are better known for later work show up, and will inevitably joke about it.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In-Universe, James admits that he's rooting for Sheriff Wydell in The Devil's Rejects, as the attempt to parallel him with the Firefly family falls flat since all the evil he commits is against them, and James openly admits he wants them dead just that badly, since they're vile rapists, murderers, and torturers despite being the protagonists. While he's not outright rooting for the Black Satans in the next film, he is still disappointed at the fact the Firefly family beats them handily and walks away without facing ''any'' comeuppance for their crimes.
  • 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: James has a whole page's worth of them.
  • The Scrappy:invoked
    • James utterly loathes Jeff ("Slow Ass Mothafuckin' Jeff") from Saw III for being way too slow to save people - and the one guy Jeff does save, he accidentally kills him minutes later. There's even a "Slow Ass Mothaf*kin Jeff Memorial Walkathon" ("never actually happened because it took everyone too long to get there") T-shirt in the official Dead Meat merch store!
    James: He's killed more people than Jigsaw!
    • James is also not too fond of the Leprechaun, to the point that he refers to him as "Little Shit". Though he has since grown fonder of him, especially after finding Leprechaun: Origins even less favorable.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: James often bends the rules for Kill Counts in one way or another, and often lampshading his tendency 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 Season 2 of ''The Look-See, James refers to Raymond (the character that James himself played) as "a Gordon Hayward-looking jackass", asks if he watches too many horror movies or something, and says how James Capshaw could have taken him easily in the Dull Machete for the lamest kill.
    • 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.
    • He compares himself to Freddy vs. Jason character Linderman. Said character berates Kia for wearing too much makeup and apparently that's what James would say in his youth.
    Linderman: You tear me down to make yourself feel better because you really hate yourself, which is kinda pathetic when you think about it. Assuming of course you CAN think with all that makeup weighing down your head.
    James: Ok, that does sound like something I would have said in high school verbatim. Damn... don't be a Linderman. Or a high school me...
  • Share the Male Pain: When Kendall suddenly gets his crotch clawed out at the end of Pieces, James is horrified and holds his own in sympathy.
  • Shipper on Deck: James often theorises that certain characters are gay due to the way they interact with each other. In Jason Lives, he speculates that Stan and Larry are a gay couple and in A New Beginning he makes a similar comment about the two greasers fixing their car.
  • Shown Their Work: 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.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In the Saw movies, this is James' attitude towards Jigsaw, having none of his claims of "not being a murderer" and frequently calling him out as the monster he is.
  • Signing Off Catchphrase: James typically ends videos by saying "Be good people."
  • Skewed Priorities: In the Couch Gag of Upgrade James is taken over by Stem just as he is about to talk about his sponsors. James' response is to say that he needs sponsors to buy Lucy, his cat, food rather then the fact he has been taken over by an AI.
  • 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.
    • James loves the first ThanksKilling movie because of this. He notes that the movie was trying to aim for this and succeeded, since it had No Budget and the actors knew what kind of movie it was. As such, there were several moments that made him legitimately laugh, and for all the movie's faults, he had a really good time with it.
    • James eventually warmed up to the Leprechaun franchise, considering it to be this as time went on. He even didn't give out a "Dull Machete" for Leprechaun Returns, since all of the deaths were so creative that he didn't feel right giving a Medal of Dishonor to the film.
  • 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.
  • Spared by the Cut: One of James's rules for the kill count is that he won't count characters who disappear from the movie without any explanation. Deleted scenes that show how a character dies must be implemented into the film in order to be counted, as they may have been spared or they may have been able to escape. invoked
  • 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 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 on-screen, 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.
  • Straw Feminist: James holds misandristic women to the same standard of misogynistic men and voices his dislike for the leads in 2001's Valentine. James also discussed the trope in the Dead Meat Podcast episode "Final Girl" in response to the accusations of him being a straw feminist as well, he states that he's not biased towards men. In horror movies, characters are just characters and how they die is what affects representation; male characters are more likely to die but get quick strikes, whereas, women get deaths that are more drawn out and excruciating. Female characters also get derogatory slurs thrown at them because of their sex, while men don't usually receive slurs at all.
  • Take That!:
    • The Nightmare on Elm Street version of the Freddy vs. Jason Kill Count has James talking about Blake's father, an Alex Jones lookalike, and he absolutely refuses to mince words about Jones, sarcastically lamenting what Blake would do "with all that Info Wars money" and stating that Blake's father would "spread conspiracies about all those kids getting killed", capping the whole thing off with:
    James: Because that's what Alex Jones does, he's a bad man.
    • 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 .
    • In the first Tremors kill count, Zoran mentions how Syfy passed on a 2018 spinoff TV series, then proceeds to list all the shows Syfy did make that year, all of which got cancelled after a single season.
    • The fake ad for Dorsia states that it "caters only to the highest clientele... and Jared Leto."
  • Tank-Top Tomboy: Lampshaded in the kill count for The Banana Splits, where he says that the heroine Beth "turns into Hot Action Star Mom" after she takes off her sweater to reveal she's wearing a tank top underneath.
  • Teaser-Only Character: The long version of the Dead Meat intro has footage from The Lost Boys. To date, this film is the only one not yet covered on the Kill Count.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: James himself has been killed several times during the transition to the numbers.
  • 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 in Alien: Covenant 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.
    • He has an especially bad time with Zombieland: Double Tap, which contains three scenes of mass zombie killings in the dark in rapid succession of each other during the climax.
    • In a non-counting related example, at the beginning of the I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer Kill Count, instead of doing the usual intro of explaining the background of the movie and giving his personal opinion on it, James instead starts and ends the intro on one sentence.
  • Tranquil Fury: In his Kill Count for I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, James is noticeably burnt out from this movie since he utterly despises it and is 110% done with the movie's plot and acting. He doesn't even bother introducing the movie and just wants to get the episode over and done with.
  • Uncertain Doom: Discussed and zig-zagged. Since a number of characters may or may not survive their fates in horror movies, James usually doesn't count it as a kill if someone is left in a situation where death is likely but not certain (such as falling off a cliff). The few times he does count it is when a character has been gravely wounded before being left to such a fate, since James assumes that the character won't be able to get help before succumbing to their injuries.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: In-Universe, James' central issue with The Devil's Rejects and especially 3 from Hell is that the Firefly family simply isn't sympathetic. They're brutal murderers, rapists, and torturers beyond even standard horror villains, and he notes that no matter how Rob Zombie meant to portray them, he is absolutely never going to want to see anything but their just comeuppance. Part of why 3 from Hell is so much worse to him is that, after getting said comeuppance in the previous entry, the Firefly family improbably survive and are treated as cool "protagonists" from there on out despite being absolute monsters.
  • 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.
  • Vindicated by History: invokedJames hated Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning in the initial Kill Count of the film but in the recount he’s stated that it’s now one of his favourites.
  • Voice of the Legion: James ends up speaking like 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 (Predators) are counted on the list because they display more human-like qualities in behavior and physiology. He probably would have counted the Engineers. But... they go extinct. So he didn't wanna cover the death of a race that actually dies on-screen.
  • 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).
  • Wrong Assumption: In the Banana Splits Kill Count, he’s originally a fan of Stevie, until he finds out Stevie is considered The Scrappy in-universe and is a Hate Sink out of it.
  • Your Head A-Splode:

"And that's it! TV Tropes was founded in 2004, and has since gone on to ruin the lives of many denizens of the Internet. I'll be back next week to see how many tropes that other wiki has. But until then, I'm James A. Janisse... (nods) this has been The Kill Count."

"Alright, be good people."
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