Early on in Dracula, Gary Oldman grabs an enormous Gothic goblet, sidles up to a bleeding cross, fills his cup with the hearty brew from the gushing altar, and swallows the contents in one thirsty gulp.
But what is that stuff Gary’s guzzling, really? A drinkable fake-blood formula called KD-151 Blood Jellies, Jams, and Syrups, made for the entertainment industry by makeup artist Ken Diaz.
”Coppola was very intent on showing blood living, coursing through the veins,” says Dracula makeup-effects designer Greg Cannom. And, though you’d never know it from watching the film, Coppola’s original idea was to show very little blood. ”It was supposed to be a little trickle,” says Cannom. ”But when shooting began, Coppola kept shouting ‘More blood! More blood! More blood!!!’ We just ended up going for it.” After all the biting, sucking, slurping, and oozing was over, Cannom had gone through more than 10 gallons of bogus hemoglobin for the actors alone.
To make a batch yourself at home, try this recipe for blood syrup:
*1 bottle light corn syrup
*Generous amount red food coloring
*Smaller amount yellow food coloring
*1 dash each of green and blue food coloring
*Optional: Heaping spoonful titanium oxide, (powder found in toothpaste); pinch of Methyl-Paraben (a preservative)
*Mix until bloody.
Go ahead, suck one down.