This Macabre Masterclass Gives You Recipes for All Different Kinds of Fake Blood

What's one of the greatest things about making a horror film? Getting to play with all of that nasty, goopy, bloody goodness, of course!

The unfortunate thing, however, is that making a batch that not only looks good but acts good is a challenge for those of us who aren't pro SFX artists. But RocketJump Film School has put a bunch of fake blood recipes to the test to find out which ones work best for different cinematic needs. So, if you need blood that looks good soaking into a shirt, splattering against the wall, that looks realistic or cartoonish, or won't poison your cast with toxins or mold, RJFS has something that'll work for you. And as an added bonus, they share SFX legend Dick Smith's famous blood recipe that took gore to the next level.

Check out their video below:

You can find the full list of all of the materials RJFS used in the video on their discussion page here (pretty standard stuff, mostly Karo syrup and food coloring), but here's Dick Smith's blood recipe, which he used in films such as Taxi Driver and The Exorcist. Remember though, this concoction is toxic, so avoid getting it in your actors' eyes and mouths.

Dick Smith's Famous Blood Recipe

Of course, you can always buy fake blood that'll work pretty damn well, but a gallon of ReelBlood is going to run you $120 -- so unless you've got a King's budget for blood alone, you'll have to downgrade your bloodbath to a bit of mildly gory puddle jumping. Besides, it's way more fun (and inexpensive) to mix your own -- and you can adjust your recipe to get the look and texture that you want.

Do you have a killer fake blood recipe that RJFS didn't mention? Let us know in the comments below!     

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Great Halloween post. Hilarious video on blood production!

October 30, 2015 at 12:48AM


Great post, defo going to try this out!

October 30, 2015 at 4:27AM

Matt Carter
VFX Artist / Director / DP / Writer / Composer / Alexa Owner

Enough cash for a good cam and lights...but no real mic? C'mon guys. Why?

October 31, 2015 at 3:31AM


You've got to be joking.
You can hear them, JUUUUUST Fine.

Get back in your box

November 3, 2015 at 3:18AM

You voted '+1'.