Week 3 of EW’s 2011 Summer Movie Body Count continues with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, and Geoffrey Rush. Click here for a reminder of our extremely precise definition for what counts as a death, and how we’re counting them. And since we’re going to be talking about deaths here, the requisite spoiler alert should almost go without saying, but we’ll say it anyhow: SPOILER ALERT!
Syrena the mermaid might look sweet, but don’t be fooled: She comes from a race of bloodthirsty killing machines. In the latest Pirates of the Caribbean flick, Syrena’s fishtailed cohorts murder a whopping 18 buccaneers. (But since Syrena herself is eventually redeemed by the love of a two-legged man, we can safely assume that she isn’t responsible for any of those killings.) That makes Pirates 4 an anomaly among this year’s crop of body-count-heavy summer movies — until now, most of the deaths recorded have been those of CGI beings like frost giants and gross vampires — and also means that the summer film with the highest-yet ratio of human to non-human deaths also happens to be a Disney movie. On Stranger Tides, indeed!
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