Spilled guts: DIY gore

Generally, I’m of the opinion that most movies could use less gore. I’m not a snob that dislikes horror movies; I simply think the power of suggestion is stronger than the power of spectacle.

Still, there are times that filmmakers have just gotta “go gross” to do a story justice. (Exhibits A through C: David Cronenberg, Paul Verhoeven, and George A. Romero.)

So, without further ado, here are the latest installments in my continuing effort to present crafty DIY resources.



Entire bodies!

3 Responses to “Spilled guts: DIY gore”

  1. Helena Handbasket Says:

    As for blood, listen, don’t waste your time with the corn syrup recipes. I tried many and it took hours if you take into account the shopping for ingredients and all the experimentation that never amounted to what I would consider “realistic blood.” Finally, I took a trip to the costume shop, and guess what. They sell bottles of fake blood (made with corn syrup and other edible ingredients). The color and consistency is great. You can buy it in big jugs and it’s really not that expensive (certainly not as expensive as wasting grocery money on failed fake blood experiments and getting food coloring all over your dish towels). Just go with the tried and true “stage blood.” Not the crap they sell at Wal-Mart for kids’ Halloween costumes. I’m talking real stage blood. If you don’t have a professional theatre/costume shop in your town, order it on the Internet. You’ll be glad you did.

  2. Paul Says:

    Excellent tip — thanks!

  3. El Goro Says:

    Just use animal blood! Can’t get anymore realistic than that!!