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WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2017 — Fake blood is a staple of the Halloween horror film experience, but there’s no one recipe to suit every filmmaker’s needs. The chemistry of fake blood has always been tweaked to create the most realistic experience, or at least the most budget-friendly. From Alfred Hitchcock to Sam Raimi, join Reactions on a Halloween tour of the chemistry of gore:

For more Halloween chemistry, listen to our latest Science Elements podcast to hear a spooky Dickensian tale about spontaneous combustion, written by Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon: https://soundcloud.com/science-elements/episode-831-oct25-2017.

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