Cooking with RJFS: Blood Recipes

Taught By:

Dez Dolly, Joey Scoma


Just in time for Halloween, Dez and Joey walk us through several recipes for fake movie blood that you can make yourself at home, including the famous recipe from legendary makeup effects artist Dick Smith.

Lesson Plan

From chocolate syrup dripping from victims on black and white film, to Dick Smith’s realistic concoction that almost saddled Taxi Driver an X rating, fake blood has evolved and changed throughout the years, creatively adapting to whatever the story needs. Movie blood, in its many consistencies, colors and forms, has been an historical and essential part of the filmmaker’s toolkit.

Important Reminder: Any time you are shooting movies that include blood effects, gore, violence, or weapons, please let your neighbors (or school campus / authorities) know in advance that you will be shooting these types of scenes, and that all props and effects are fake. Most film schools have strict rules in place for this, especially for prop weapons. Stay informed, be prepared, and you can keep it fun.

Full List of Grocery Store Ingredients Pictured In-Video:

  • Clear Karo syrup (corn syrup)
  • Dark Karo syrup
  • Red Food Coloring (liquid)
  • Non-dairy creamer
  • blue, yellow and green food coloring
  • Powdered cocoa Tapioca pudding (or white yogurt)
  • Clear dishwashing soap
  • Water

Pre-Made Blood Products

Dick Smith’s Famous Blood Recipe
(NOTE: This is a toxic substance, can NOT be used near/in mouth or eyes)

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Want to read more? Here are the works Dez referenced for our bloody history lesson: