Movies have a weird double standard when it comes to character deaths. Some characters get swelling music and emotional final speeches; others get blown to bits in some background CGI effect intended to slightly increase the stakes of the second act. Strangely, this is even true in movies specifically about the sanctity of life, like The Shape of Water. Why is this? And is it getting worse?

Today Alex is joined by Cracked contributor Dan Hopper and writer/performer Kandice Martellaro to dissect a bunch of famous movies (even some good ones!) that are weirdly callous about people dying horrible, gruesome deaths.

Footnotes:

A Complete Accounting Of All The 267 People Jack Bauer Killed On 24 (Birth. Movies. Death.)

5 Tragic Movie Deaths We're Not Supposed To Care About (Cracked)

Jaws (1975) - Chrissie's Last Swim Scene (1/10) Movieclips (YouTube)

6 Classic Movies (That Narrowly Avoided Disaster) (Cracked)

Jurassic World (2015) - Pterosaur Attack Scene (4/10) Movieclips (YouTube)

The Strangely Cruel And Unusual Death In JURASSIC WORLD (Birth. Movies. Death.)

The Big Bang Theory: "The Raiders Minimization" (AV Club)

Prometheus - Sacrifice (YouTube)

The 5 Dumbest 'I Sacrifice Myself!' Deaths In Movie History (Cracked)

Self-driving cars: from 2020 you will become a permanent backseat driver (The Guardian)

Disaster Movie Dogs In Peril Supercut (YouTube)

5 Movies That Prove The Action Genre Won't Let A Dog Die (Cracked)

Real Talk Time: John Wick's Enemies Are Trying To Get Shot (Cracked)

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