I know we just had a not entirely scientific pop culture article, but when CableTV.com reached out to me with this, I couldn’t resist sharing. “US Horror Movie Death Count: How Safe Is Your State?” Awww, yeah.
So, what is the methodology? Pretty solid. “First, we narrowed down Rotten Tomatoes’ 200 Best Horror Movies of All Time to include only movies with a US location. Then, we found the number of deaths in each film using Bodycounters.com and Fandom’s list of deaths.
With 63 films containing over 1,300 frightening fates, we totaled how many cinematic slaughters stack up in each state. (And if you’re in one of the 26 states not included, you should be safe . . . for now.)
Death totals include some non-human characters, and we did not include any deaths that weren’t shown on screen.”
Here’s the regional breakdown:
Northeast: 954 deaths
West: 225 deaths
Midwest: 108 deaths
South: 93 deaths
Apparently living near the coastline helps balance out your odds: The twenty non-coastal states accounted for nearly 59% of the horror movie deaths while the thirty coastal states accounted for just over 41% of the total kills.
Okay, no more teasing, here are the deadliest states according to horror movies:
State Number of Deaths Number of Movies Pennsylvania 615 6 New York 254 7 California 163 17 Maine 60 4 Illinois 45 4 Ohio 39 4 South Carolina 36 1 Nevada 34 1 Missouri 16 1 Texas 15 2 West Virginia 14 1 Massachusetts 13 1 Utah 13 1 Rhode Island 12 1 Virginia 10 1 Michigan 8 2 Colorado 7 2 North Carolina 7 1 Florida 5 1 Washington 5 1 Tennessee 4 1 Oregon 3 1 Washington D.C. 2 1
You can read the whole report by Trevor Wheelwright here.
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