LOVEFiLM – Europe’s largest subscription service instantly streaming films and TV series over the internet and sending DVDs and games by post – asked a panel of its members to watch a selection of films featuring some of Hollywood’s most renowned lady killers, to establish which leading ladies have racked up the highest body counts.
The panel were asked to record the total number of kills each fatal female was directly responsible for, forming a top ten list of film’s most lethal ladies, created to mark the feisty female spy thriller Salt becoming available to stream instantly on LOVEFiLM Instant.
Described in Kill Bill: Volume 1 as the ‘deadliest woman in the world’, it comes as no surprise that vengeful assassin The Bride managed to chalk up a body count worthy of first place. With an impressive tally of 76 gruesome kills, the fearless female beat nine other kick-ass chicks to the number one spot.
Zombie victim and go-go dancer, Cherry Darling, put her prosthetic machine-gun leg to good use in Planet Terror, disposing of 50 enemies and skipping into second place in the list.
Despite being the youngest entry in the list at eleven years old, ruthless vigilante Hit-Girl kicked her way into third place, with an impressive 44 kills in superhero action flick Kick-Ass.
Former assassin Charly Baltimore overcomes amnesia in action thriller The Long Kiss Goodnight to rediscover her expert CIA skills, racking up 32 victims in the process, a figure which guarantees her fourth place in the list.
Launching Salt onto the LOVEFiLM Instant service with a respectable fifth place position is Evelyn Salt, an American spy accused of being a Russian sleeper agent. Salt goes on the run to try to clear her name, leaving a trail of 15 bodies in her wake.
Following closely behind in sixth place with a body count total of 11 is computer programmer and hacker, Trinity, the female star in science fiction action film The Matrix.
Gun-toting Domino Harvey in Domino steals seventh place. Based on the true story of the former model turned bounty hunter, the film sees Domino rack up ten hits as she strives to capture fugitives on the run.
Under cover of darkness, deadly vampire Selene sinks her teeth into her Lycan opponents, slaying nine of her werewolf adversaries in Underworld: Evolution and snatching eighth spot in the list.
Silent swordswoman, Miho from Frank Miller’s Sin City, uses her martial arts expertise to deliver a flurry of fatal blows, dispatching of eight rivals in the process and claiming the penultimate spot.
Despite ultimately falling at the hands of her enemies, Pictish warrior Etain rounds off the top ten by spearing, beheading and slaughtering five Romans in her quest for revenge in British film Centurion.
The top ten film femme fatales are:
1. Uma Thurman as The Bride in Kill Bill Vol 1: 76 kills
2. Rose McGowen as Cherry Darling in Planet Terror: 50 kills
3. Chloe Moretz as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass: 44 kills
4. Geena Davis as Charly Baltimore in The Long Kiss Goodnight: 32 kills
5. Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt in Salt: 15 kills
6. Carrie Anne Moss as Trinity in The Matrix: 11 kills
7. Kiera Knightley as Domino Harvey in Domino: 10 kills
8. Kate Beckinsale as Selene in Underworld: Evolution: 9 kills
9. Devon Aoki as Miho in Sin City: 8 kills
10. Olga Kurylenko as Etain in Centurion: 5 kills
Helen Cowley, Editor of LOVEFiLM commented:
“Cunning, skillful and devastatingly deadly, our top ten femme fatales would leave any enemy shaking in their boots. With a total body count of 260 kills between them, there is no doubt they have all fought hard to earn their place in the list of kick-ass chicks.
“Film fans keen to witness every fatality suffered at the hands of these killer ladies – from the brutal Bride to the sultry Evelyn Salt – can follow their destructive antics from a safe distance, with LOVEFiLM’s huge catalogue of films available to stream instantly via LOVEFiLM Instant or to rent on DVD and Blu-ray for as little as £4.99 per month.”