It's no secret that the vast majority of films and TV shows aren't attempting to be as realistic as possible. They're providing entertainment. And this is true even when it comes to the injuries and wounds sustained by the characters. So, what is the relationship between wounds in movies and TV and wounds in real life? In short, the relationship between the two can be summed up as over exaggeration on the part of producers and directors who are seeking to make the onscreen action as interesting and visually striking as possible.
Just like the commonplace substances that directors use to make things look extra disgusting on screen, the way wounds and injuries appear in media is not always what they would actually be like in reality. In some instances, wounds can be made much more dramatic, while in other cases, characters may be able to survive injuries that would be fatal in real life. Whatever the case, it's clear that there's a pretty big gulf between movie wounds and wounds you would sustain in real life.
Losing A Limb Is A Bloody Affair
Loss of limb is one of the most common wounds sustained in movies. Whether it is a horror movie with monsters cutting victims apart or the result of a freak accident - as in 127 Hours - there are plenty of examples of arms and legs being removed from bodies. Surprisingly, however, lots of films underestimate exactly how much blood there would be if a limb was severed. In reality, a person would likely bleed to death in as few as 15 minutes. The amputation-on-lite version favored by the screen may be done to avoid shocking audiences. On the flipside of this underestimation, movies from the likes of Tarantino can overestimate the amount of blood spray; granted, it is possible for major arteries to shoot the liquid several feet - but only for a very short period of time.
You Cannot Shrug Off Being Shot With A Bullet
The protagonists in action movies are almost always portrayed as tough-as-nails heroes that can carry on fighting even after being shot. That would not be the case in real life, though, since, ya know, being hit by a bullet in any part of the body is likely to lead to serious injury. In films, a hero gets shot, and, sure, a little blood reddens the area right around the wound, but he's able to fight on despite the minor bleeding. However, in real life, blood loss would be a major problem as would massive hemorrhaging if any major arteries are hit. In addition, studies have shown that those who have been shot often lose mobility in the injured limb and suffer from constant pain - something that would put even Rambo out of action.
Being Mauled By A Big Animal Is Survivable
Plenty of movies over the years have shown characters being attacked by large animals or creatures and somehow living on to tell their tales. The likes of Jurassic Park and The Revenant, for example, have the protagonists mauled by savage dinosaurs and vicious bears, respectively. And, in both films, characters are able to survive and carry on with their adventures. In reality, such feats are not too far away from what a person could survive. According to experts, the types of injuries sustained during these attacks - which include large slashes, broken bones, and bites - are the type that are survivable. Despite the fact that they would be painful and cause a lot of damage, first aid could avert death if applied quickly enough.
Strangling Takes Much Longer Than You Would Think
One of the most common ways for a murderer to kill someone in a horror movie is by strangling their victims. In such films, the struggle will often last for just a few seconds, as the killer squeezes the life out of their prey in mere moments. However, being killed by strangulation actually takes much longer than that. A person would not even lose consciousness without being strangled for at least 30 seconds, and death would not occur for several minutes as the brain can survive for a short period without receiving oxygen. So, almost all the victims who get offed by the likes of Michael Myers would survive in real life.