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The Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead Among TV's Deadliest ShowsBody count may not be the MOST important thing to horror fans, but many agree it’s near the top of the list so when we heard that the results of a 2012 TV Body Count Study included quite a few of our favorite series (and most likely several of our readers’ as well), we thought we’d pass them on.

Have you ever wondered how many people die in the TV shows you watch every week? Funeralwise wanted to look at the role of death in popular culture, more specifically in broadcast and cable shows, and the following are some highlights of the reported results after evaluating over 300 episodes that recently aired:

  • The Starz series “Spartacus: Vengeance” topped all shows with an average of 25 dead bodies per episode, followed by HBO’s “Game of Thrones” with 14 dead bodies per episode.
  • The deadliest shows for non-human creatures were The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” with 18 dead vampires per episode and AMC’s “The Walking Dead” with 16 dead zombies per episode.
  • The deadliest broadcast network show was The CW’s “Nikita” with 9 dead bodies per episode. The CBS series “NCIS: Los Angeles” was second deadliest with an average of 6 dead bodies per episode.
  • CBS was the deadliest network due to having 11 shows selected for the study, by far the most of any network. Five (5) CBS shows were among the top 10 deadliest.
  • The 40 TV series analyzed averaged 132 dead bodies, in total, during a single week for an average of more than 3 dead bodies per episode. Including non-humans, the figure rises to 171 dead bodies per week.
  • Very few funerals were shown during the programs analyzed. Of the 300+ episodes counted totaling 1,000+ dead bodies, there were only 8 instances where some type of funeral or memorial service was shown.
  • Many of the shows that regularly display dead bodies are popular with viewers. However, there does not appear to be a direct correlation between the number of dead bodies shown in a program and the number of viewers who watch the program.

    The objective of Funeralwise’s TV Body Count Study is to quantify the role of death in popular culture by analyzing the portrayal of dead bodies on television shows.

  • Do we find death entertaining?
  • How do portrayals of death affect the popularity of entertainment programs?
  • Can the acceptance of death in entertainment programming make it easier to accept the reality of our mortality?

    There’s definitely some food for thought here. For more details and the full list of shows included in their survey, click the link at the bottom of the page.

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    Examine death in popular culture in the comments section below!

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    This Valentine’s Day Experience the Death of Love



    On the hunt for a new comic and like a bit of humor with your horror? Then the upcoming Death of Love from Image Comics should be right up your alley! Dealing with a broken heart? Even better!

    Writer Justin Jordan (The Family Trade, Spread) teams up with artist Donal DeLay (You are Not Alone, My Geek Family), colorist Omar Estévez (Heavy Metal Magazine, Batman ‘66), and letterer Rachel Deering (In the Dark, Vertigo Quarterly) for the least romantic Valentine’s comic ever: Death of Love.

    “Love is funny. Chainsaws are funny. Love AND chainsaws, therefore, is gonna be super funny,” says Jordan. “Basically, if you’ve ever wanted to see Cupid torn apart in increasingly hilarious ways, this is definitely the comic for you.”

    “I just want everyone to laugh the same way they would watching Army of Darkness or This Is the End,” added DeLay.

    Issue #1 arrives on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) next year, and we have a preview of several pages to share below.

    Love sucks. And Philo Harris is going to do something about it.

    After a particularly bad, drunken decision, Philo gains the ability to see the Cupidae, the creatures responsible for all the love in the world, and declares war on love itself. With a chainsaw.

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    Paramount’s Dating App Thriller Snags The Boy Next Door Screenwriter



    Are dating apps scary? Paramount sure hopes that’s the case as they have just hired screenwriter Barbara Curry (Blumhouse’s The Boy Next Door) to pen the upcoming “dramatic investigative thriller” Gasp.

    Hiring Curry for this film makes a ton of sense being that before Curry was the screenwriter behind “dramatic investigative thrillers” she worked as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office for ten years. Qualifications galore.

    Deadline reports that Gasp is centered around a female detective investigating a killer who is targeting women via a dating app. Nice. Not only is that a super-timely and creepy plot for a flick, but the film is supposedly based on several true stories.

    Heaven help us. I knew it. Stay away from those. Male or female. Nope. Nope. Nope.

    Now while I’ve never had a bad experience (re: stalker) from a dating app that makes sense considering I never use them. Ever. I prefer the old-school method of sitting in my room alone typing horror news articles and letting the ladies come to me.

    12% of the time, it works every time.

    The film is based on a pitch by Mario Celaya and produced by Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman. Jessica Sharzer (“American Horror Story”) is co-producing.

    We’ll let you know when we hear more!


    A female detective goes undercover online to catch a killer who is murdering women he meets on a specific popular app. But when she starts to fall for one of the suspects who has been cleared, she discovers he may, in fact, be the killer.

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    Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3



    “From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

    The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

    But what about “True Detective” season 3?

    Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

    Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

    Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

    Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.


    A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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