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28 Disturbingly Specific Internet Movie Database Keywords Attached to Films Based on Comic Books

As of this writing (03/03/2010), there are 587 movies and TV shows in the Internet Movie Database that come up when you enter “based on comic book” in the site’s keyword search, everything from 1927’s The Kid Stakes to 2013’s Aquaman (don’t squee; it’s only listed as “in development” for now). IMDb users spend countless hours attaching keywords like the ones below to films, video games and TV shows so that others with similar interests can find them… a scary thought, when you look at the terms used below. The numbers in brackets note the number of based-on-comic films attached to each keyword:

1. Beating (14)
Superman II, The Dark Knight, A History of Violence

2. Blood Bath (7)
Blade, Blade II

3. Blood Spatter (15)
Akira, The Crow, From Hell, Road to Perdition

4. Body Landing On Car (12)
Timecop, Spider-Man 2, Surrogates

5. Bound And Gagged (7)
Spawn, V for Vendetta, The Dark Knight

6. Burned Alive (8)
Watchmen, Punisher: War Zone, Wanted

7. Child Murder (9)
30 Days of Night, Watchmen, The Crow: City of Angels

8. Crushed To Death (10)
Hulk, X-Men 3: The Last Stand, Superman Returns

9. Decapitation (21)
Sin City, 300, X-Men Origins: Wolverine

10. Dismemberment (12)
Red Sonja, Sin City, Watchmen

11. Electrocution (19)
Iron Man, Batman Returns, Constantine, Judge Dredd

12. Evil Clown (7)
Spawn, Batman, The Dark Knight

13. Exploding Head (9)
X2: X-Men United, The Punisher, The Crow: Salvation

14. Gash In The Face (10)
Wanted, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, A History of Violence

15. Impalement (26)
Blade (well, duh), The Dark Knight, Spider-Man

16. Kicked In The Face (14)
Sin City, Blade: Trinity, Punisher: War Zone, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

17. Neck Breaking (8)
Whiteout, Judge Dredd, X-Men: The Last Stand

18. Person On Fire (31)
Iron Man, The Crow, Batman Begins, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (and… Fantastic Four? Seriously, people need to be told that?)

19. Punched In The Face (14)
V for Vendetta, The Incredible Hulk, Sin City

20. Rape (16)
Red Sonja, 300, Sin City, The Maxx

21. Severed Arm (16)
Akira, 300, 30 Days of Night

22. Severed Hand (8)
Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter, Batman Returns

23. Severed Head (16)
Spawn, Akira, Road to Perdition

24. Shot In The Eye (7)
Sin City, Wanted, Superman Returns

25. Shot to Death (32)
Batman Begins, Iron Man, V for Vendetta, any of the Punisher films (again, duh)

26. Slit Throat/Throat Slitting (8)
Sin City, From Hell, Whiteout

27. Torso Cut In Half (10)
Blade, Blade II, Men in Black II, Daredevil

28. Vomit (10)
Persepolis, The Incredible Hulk, American Splendor

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