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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

The Kill Count is a web video series hosted by James A. Janisse of Dead Meat. 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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  • 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 at the end or certain points. 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.
  • Berserk Button: He really really hates I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Bloody Hilarious: The juxtaposition of James making pop culture references over scenes of death and murder are part of the draw of the series.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Everyone Has Standards: James doesn't include animals or non-human creatures on the list, unless said non-humans are antagonists. As such, he only added kills for Cujo, Jaws, and Aliens because the titular entities were the bad guys in their respective films.
    • He also didn’t include Emmett Till on the kill count for Tales from the Hood 2 as he is a real person and not just a movie character.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Silent Night, Deadly Night: Part III got no Golden Chainsaw award, since James felt all of the deaths lacked effort, adding "I don't award movies that don't try."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pungeon Master: A good source of jokes in the series are James making Visual Puns over what's happening on the screen.
  • Rule of Funny: James fully admits that the videos are just for the sake of making jokes.
  • Running Gag: Whenever someone is seen using drugs or being sedated, James calls it "Some Mhhh, drugs!"
  • Shown Their Work: While reviewing the films, James will frequently point out behind-the-scenes facts about actors or how individual scenes were shot, especially for effects that he likes.
  • So Bad, It's Good: invokedJames eventually warmed up to the Leprechaun franchise, considering it to be this as time went on. James 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.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: When discussing which movie he'll review next time, he mentions that he's not looking forward to counting huge shots with many bodies.
  • Uncertain Doom: Discussed and zig-zagged. If a character is put into a situation where they likely won't survive but isn't definitively shown dying, James usually doesn't count that as a kill. However, if the character has been gravely wounded and doesn't seem to have any chance of survival but isn't shown actually dying on-screen, James usually does count it as a kill.

"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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