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The Real Story Behind The Recipe For Fake Blood In The Movies


From early black-and-white classics to modern blockbusters, the creation and use of fake blood have been a pivotal part of cinematic storytelling. The art of simulating gore in movies has come a long way since the days of black-and-white cinema. Crafting fake blood, a cornerstone of many of the best horror flicks and best action movies, involves chemistry, creativity, and cinematic history. Here, we delve into the evolution of fake blood, from its humble beginnings to its modern applications.

Janet Leigh in Psycho

(Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

Fake Blood’s Origin: From Chocolate Syrup to Kodak Photo-Flo

The journey of fake blood began with simple solutions like chocolate syrup. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is a film with several scenes that still haunt us years later, most famously the shower scene. The blood swirling down the drain after the brutal slaying of Janet Leigh was, in fact, chocolate syrup, which was often used in black-and-white films. 

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