Blog-Off 2008: Rated “R” For An Abundance Of Outrageous Gore
So today’s Blog-Off challenge is a tough one — write something for our work blog that is actually NSFW — Not Safe For Work.
And, boy, were we up for the challenge. Behold New Zealand’s Braindead*, generally thought of as the goriest movie ever made. Though Robin and I are not big fans of splatter flicks, we appreciate one striking fact about this zombie comedy — or “zom com,” as we’ve taken to calling it — it’s currently the world record holder for most fake blood used in a single movie.
So, without further ado, we give you the bloodiest scene from Braindead. We guarantee you’ll never look at a lawnmower – or a blender – the same way again. (It’s seriously bloody…but also campy enough that even Robin could stand to watch most of it.)
WARNING: THIS VIDEO IS ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NOT SAFE FOR WORK. OR ZOMBIES.
After watching that, I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that fake blood was being pumped at a rate of 5 gallons a second during that scene, bringing the total amount of blood used to approximately 300 liters.
So, if every blood donor gives approximately 1 pint when they donate, that means that it would take 634 donors to equal the amount of blood used in just that one scene. And that much fake blood could have saved about 1,900 fake lives.
Fortunately, some horror film directors recognize their wasteful use of such a precious substance and make it a point to give back. For the last several years, the SAW franchise has held Halloween blood drives in partnership with the American Red Cross. Last year they collected a stunning 36,306 pints from film fans nationwide. You can see this year’s promo poster below:
You can’t have a bloodbath without blood. As the SAW folks say, give ’til it hurts!
Helpful Fake Blood Links:
The Official Splatter Movie Guide
Tips On Making Blood Effects
* Also known as Dead Alive and directed by Peter Jackson. Can you imagine what the producers of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy thought when they took a look at his resume?
See what the Water Blog posted here, and vote for your favorite in the comments below. And please remember to be good sports – if you don’t have anything nice to say, just vote for the other blog.
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There’s no way that real blood is that chunky…is there?
Who’s the real genius? Peter Jackson or the Cross Bloggers? I say the latter.
Mr. Jackson, you’ve come a very long way.
Bloody good show CrossBlog!
If NSFW is the goal, you guys not only met it, you far exceeded it. Very impressed.
This has been very informative and a great way for both to talk about their missions, but I vote for Red Cross.
Once again the ladies of Cross-bloggers did the miraculous again; over the top, creative and informative. Kudos to both of you -way cool. Won the week I’d say!
I’m not a fan of zombies, but I love the connection to the SAW blood drive. Way to go ladies of the CrossBlog!
Best. Post. Ever.
Even though the Water Blog’s post was interesting, I am a huge fan of fake violence. You have my vote once again!
What a way to end the week! By far the very best post yet. Cross Blog wins!
Zombies + graphic violence = Winning Blog-Off 08
Bloody well done ole’ chap ere… not so old gal.
Any way what a great job and way to finnish up the week. By far the best post for this challenge.
I (barely) made it through the video, but loved the analysis of how that much fake blood translates into the “real world.” Nice work!
We are definitely the “Muhammad Ali” of Bloggers
Congratulations, Cross Blog Team: The video clip is simply brilliant.
I’d just like Richard to know that, yes, real blood can be that chuncky if it clots and then the clot bursts. I’m a paramedic and a Red Crosser. I’ve seen the gross stuff 4 real. COol blog. thanks for the invite to join in the fun.
You Gals are SOOOO creative…you should win the contest hands down….Sashi
Cross Blog: Fun for the entire family!
Your video was terrifying yet educational. Way to think outside of the box Robin & Lise. Posts like that make me want to come to the blog and see what's next.