The higher a slasher film’s sequel number, the bigger its body count. The first film in a series tends to leave behind only five to 10 victims, while, in successive entries, corpses pile up at increasingly alarming rates.
You might think that slashers have just become more violent over time. But it turns out that the number of the sequel is more significant than the year of the film’s release. The first three Scream movies, for example, knock off teens at approximately the same rate as the first Halloween and Friday the 13th movies did 15 years earlier.
With these factors in mind, here’s our highly sophisticated working formula for predicting that magic horror movie number. Let B be defined as “body count”:
B = 2n+12(Z-R)+2c+2S+3
B = Approximate onscreen body count
n = The number of the installment in the series
Z = Zombie factor (i.e., is the film directed by rock-‘n-schlock auteur Rob Zombie? 1 for yes, 0 for no)
R = Is the film part of a reboot? (1 for yes, 0 for no)
c = The number of colons in the title
S = Does the film take place in outer space? (1 for yes, 0 for no)