Braindead Maths I: Fake Blood!!!!

May 26, 2009

fake bloodGather round mathspigs. Films are fiction. Surprise! Surpise!  The blood used in horror films is, obviously, fake. Do film directors use realistic amounts of blood or do they throw buckets full of fake blood into horror scenes for effect?   Here according to online fanzine (ie.slightly iffy sources) are the amounts of Fake Blood used in some films:

Kill Bill II    380 litreskill bill

Bride of Chucky :  433 litres

Freddy Vs Jason: 1,300 litres

A Nightmare on Elm St :  1893 litres

30 Days of NIght  6,000 litres

Braindead:  19,000+litres

fake bloodbraindead The 1997 film, Braindead, by Peter Jackson is Rated R in Australia. It has one of the most bizarre film summaries you might read: ‘A young man’s mother is bitten by a  Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.’ The rampant killing and  eating of dogs and nurses seems a rather random concept. The fake blood usage in this Super B Grade horror flick came with the ‘killing’ of Zombies with a lawn  mower. Actors in the film say that 300litres of Fake Blood were used in this scene.

Whereas Tarantino was quite modest with Fake Blood use in Kill Bill II. Being a connoisseur of Fake Blood he used several types in the film ranging from good splatter to free flowing blood. According to one fanzine, in this film, Uma Thurman killed 88 opponents with a sword.

Humans contain around 5 litres of blood and the heart pumps approx 5 litres per minute of blood around the body.

Accordingto New Scientist loss of blood produces the following symptoms:

0.75 litre:   feel blood loss

1.5 litre: weak, thirsty & anxious

2 litre : dizzy, unconscious

3 litre: Dead

dracula   Zere Iz BLOOD on Ze  Mathz Bookz, Dracula! So now We do Ze mathz, Igor!

How long does it take to bleed to death (assuming a severe wound)? This is the GET REAL calculation.

If fictional characters die after losing 3 litres of blood (ie. heart has stopped pumping) how many characters have died in the films above (ie. assuming no survivors)?

Finally, if 1 litre of blood could fit in a box 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm and you could pour FAke Blood onto a Soccer Field measuring 46m x 100m, work out how deep the Field of Fake  Blood  would be for each film. Thiz iz a totally pointlezz mathz, Dracula. Yez, Igor. But I like it!!!!!

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One more quick calculation. What is the volume of an Olympic sized swimming pool?  Look it up. Assuming Trantino uses 380 litres of Fake Blood per film, how many Kill Bill films  would he have to make to use up an Olympic Swimming pool of FAke Blood???? Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ve are not nice, Igor!!!!! Can I zwim in it,Dracula???????

For Fake Blood Recipes for Twilight fans or Teen Vampires: #mce_temp_url#


One comment

  1. […] Kill Bill where Tarantino used, literally, hundreds of litres of fake blood (See Mathspig Post: Don’t Bleed Your Fake Blood on Me), The Hunger Games shows very little blood, nevertheless 11 tributes are killed in the first few […]

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