July 13, 2014

How Many People Has Quentin Tarantino Killed (On Film)? This Infographic Has the Death Toll

It's no secret that Quentin Tarantino is a fan of the violence, what with all the shooting and the stabbing and the cutting (I mean, his first claim to fame was an artfully choreographed sequence whose culmination was the severing of an ear, set to the mellow sounds of Steeler's Wheel.) Now, Vanity Fair has prepared a helpful infographic, showing all of the deaths that have taken place in the master of mayhem's films, from Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained.  Not surprisingly, there's a lot of them. But just how many? 

Tarantino became a force in film overnight (after years of banging on doors, of course), but it wasn't just his universe of pop-culture savvy and stylish criminals that got people's attention, although the style and attitude of just his first two films did change the landscape of film for much of the decade, especially when Pulp Fiction was the first 'indie' to gross over $100 million domestically. Before that, one sequence in Reservoir Dogs threw down the gauntlet, though there was, of course, no actual gauntlet. I refer, you may have surmised, to the severing of Nash's ear by Michael Madsen's Mr. Blonde. It's a legendary moment, and justly so, I think, because it's not the ear that causes the frisson so much as the skillful way we are held in suspense. Dancing and violence are nothing new (cf. A Clockwork Orange), but most everything has been done before, and Tarantino and Madsen's take on the gleeful sadist still resonates as strongly as it did then.

'Reservoir Dogs'

This was, to say the least, quite a way to make a first impression. In 1992, the movie landscape was a far different place, and we were years away from the so-called 'torture porn' of movies like Hostel (a film, perhaps not coincidentally, overseen by Tarantino's good buddy, Eli Roth, and "presented" by Q.T.). But this isn't that, and that's perhaps why it's such a classic scene. We don't linger on the violence, and the aftermath, while gruesome, isn't dwelled upon. It's the way that the moment is built up to, the glee in Madsen's face, and, of course, the lighthearted song on the radio that make for a moment that works so well.

Of film violence, at the time, Tarantino breezily remarked:

"Violence is just one of many things you can do in movies," he said. "People ask me, 'Where does all this violence come from in your movies?' I say, "Where does all this dancing come from in Stanley Donen movies?' If you ask me how I feel about violence in real life, well, I have a lot of feelings about it. It's one of the worst aspects of America. In movies, violence is cool. I like it.

1994's Pulp Fiction would prove that Tarantino wasn't just talking to hear the sound of his own voice, and the ensuing years have done nothing to counter his claims. Check out this infographic from Vanity Fair that breaks down all of the deaths in his filmmography. Oh, and that number? 562.

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And with his upcoming western The Hateful Eight already garnering controversy for its leaked script, one can only imagine that the cinematic death count will keep rising. We're gonna need a bigger infographic!

[via Vanity Fair ]

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9 Comments

Wasn't Pei Mei poisoned?

July 13, 2014 at 9:15AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Brandon

Oops, I mean Pai Mei.

July 13, 2014 at 9:17AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Brandon

What about the dead boxer in Pulp Fiction?

July 13, 2014 at 7:18PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ernie

WHOA. Nice on. You guys amaze me.

July 14, 2014 at 12:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Justin Morrow
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woow, you guys are doing an amazing job.... bt QT is crazy though....

July 15, 2014 at 9:41AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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emmanuel nwosu

Crazy? What do you mean? Like death proof crazy? Fuck no eee wait a minute actually fuck yes:)

July 18, 2014 at 10:17PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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It's funny how some directors get a lot of heat for violence and others no mention at all. in a typical Roland Emmerich movie for example, there are more violent deaths in a given 10 minute span of film than in all of Tarantino's movies combined. Some completely gratuitous ,first comes to mind is the newscaster getting hit by the billboard in 2012.

July 17, 2014 at 1:13PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Steven

As for Kill Bill 2, we don't really know if Elle Driver died. She just had her eye removed, but I'm sure she survived, just blind for the rest of her days.

July 20, 2014 at 11:31AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Take him a guns and what will stay ?:)

August 8, 2014 at 6:42AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Zoran

In Inglorious Basterds Donny and Omar die from explosives.

March 5, 2017 at 8:34AM

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