It’s a Bloody Mess! Fun Facts About Fake Blood in Film

The elevator doors open, the bucket falls, Freddy sucks you into the underworld. The most iconic moments in horror film are often the bloodiest. This Halloween season seems like the perfect time to celebrate the wonderful and twisted minds that create our film nightmares – the gurus of screen gore!

Screen Gore and Fake Blood in Film

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Fake Blood in Film from Zacuto

Blood Recipes for Your Next Horror Flick

Here are a few fun and easy fake blood recipes. It’s clear that corn syrup is the key, as is a drop of blue food coloring. Or, you could take your cue from some of the great films above and use green or pink or black coloring to create something unique for your film. Have fun!

Chocolate Blood
Good for – blood packs, blood knives, stains

  • 32 oz clear corn syrup
  • 500 ml chocolate syrup
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 heaped tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp Coffee Mate creamer
  • Red food coloring to desired color
  • 1-2 drops blue food coloring

Heat corn and chocolate syrups together on high heat in a large pot. Dissolve cornstarch in the cold water. Add to pot. Dissolve Coffee Mate in the hot water. Add to pot. Bring to a boil, then add red food coloring to desired color. Add blue coloring to round out color at the end.

The Bruce Campbell Recipe
Good for – full actor coverage and shine!

  • 6 pints clear Karo syrup
  • 3 pints red food coloring
  • 1 pint non-dairy creamer
  • 1-2 drops blue food coloring

Stir the creamer until it turns into a paste, then fold into the Karo syrup. Mix in the red food coloring until fully mixed, then add the drop of blue.

Small Batch Punch
Good for – when you only need a small amount for cuts, scrapes, small wounds

  • 1/2 cup tropical fruit punch like Hawaiian Fruit Punch®
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp of red food coloring
  • 1 tbsp of chocolate syrup
  • 2 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp of powdered cocoa

Put everything in a blender and blend. Done! You may find you need a little extra red food coloring or even a drop of blue coloring depending on the brand of punch you use.

Shout out to Zacuto Graphic Designer, Andy Hood, for making the awesome infographic above. Happy Halloween!


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Rachel has been with Zacuto since 2009. She began working in the sales department and moved to marketing in 2013. In her role as Digital Marketing Director she oversees the gear loan and review program, social media, blog content,, and works with the team on overall marketing strategy. Rachel has a BA in Theatre with a focus on Directing from Arizona State University. Those who have spoken with her on the phone know she occasionally reveals her homeland by slipping into a British accent. Rachel likes tear-jerker sports movies, reading cookbooks for pleasure, and crossword puzzles. Contact her at


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