A few years ago, I decided a good way to spend my time would be to watch all the Friday the 13th movies and keep track of the statistics: how many kills, how many heroines taking showers, how many people falling down while trying to run away, etc. This seemed like important work that our nation's film scholars had not yet undertaken.
So I watched them, I took notes, I wrote snarky reviews. And I compiled the data. We published my findings back in 2007, but now I have updated the statistics to include last year's Friday the 13th remake. (Freddy vs. Jason is not included because it is a cross-franchise anomaly.) Since today is, in actual fact, Friday the 13th, what better occasion to present the latest data?
The 11 Friday the 13th movies are fairly bursting at the seams with death and mayhem. I counted 166 deaths over the course of the series, and that's out of 269 speaking parts. In other words, 62 percent of the series' cast is murdered at some point. Given that the 11 movies total 1,006 minutes in length (average running time: 91.5 minutes), that's an average of one death every 6 minutes and 4 seconds.