Created By: longmoan on May 3, 2011 Last Edited By: FastEddie on May 18, 2011
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Emulsion Blood

unrealistically red blood

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This trope is the tendency, particularly in older films, to avoid harsher age ratings by displaying blood in an unrealistic, thick, bright red. Will give the impression that mortally wounded characters have just had a tin of red paint poured over them. Prime examples : almost any 70's action films, e.g. the Dirty Harry or Death Wish series.
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  • May 3, 2011
    INUH
    Why does this have a thumbs-up? Needs A Better Description, Needs More Examples, doesn't have replies yet. It's [[Understatement not ready for launch at the moment.]]
  • May 3, 2011
    Rolf
    Dunno I voted "NO" but dont seem to affect number of thumbs.
  • May 3, 2011
    FastEddie
    There is no 'no' vote. You probably just turned down the confirmation notice.
  • May 3, 2011
    Rolf
    Indeed. I noticed it the second time I tried it. Just didn't edit my op there.
  • May 3, 2011
    jaytee
    Back to the topic at hand, Do We Have This One? I Swear We Have This.
  • May 3, 2011
    Stratadrake
  • May 3, 2011
    peccantis
    ^that's in-universe mistaking of non-blood substance for blood

    Film:
    • Burton's adaption of Sweeney Todd knowingly used unrealistically bright red blood (and unrealistically hosed it out of neck wounds) because realistic blood would have been very, very morbid in an already morbid film. Burton also made it thicker, although if you're not looking at it you might miss it until the Creative Credits that start with blood running down onto gears and such.
  • May 4, 2011
    Stratadrake
  • May 5, 2011
    Duncan
    In Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country, Klingon blood was made pink to avoid an R rating.
  • May 5, 2011
    Duncan
    Similar to Black Blood, where blood is made darker for similar reasons.
  • May 5, 2011
    MrMous
    I'd actually thought of doing this using "Ketchup Blood"- everyone can recognise it, and it's thick and dark. Also, Hellboy.
  • May 6, 2011
    Scooter007
    I believe that in the days of B/W movies they used chocolate syrup or similar due to its viscosity; color was naturally not an issue.

    and re: Ketchup Blood: in cartoons it used to be common to pour ketchup onto a character, and that character would think he's bleeding. I saw this in a Tom And Jerry short where Jerry is trying to drive Tom insane.
  • May 16, 2011
    TBeholder
    ^^ Ketchup Blood seems unambiguous and catchy
  • May 16, 2011
    arromdee
    The Hammer Dracula movies had extremely red blood. I don't know if it was to avoid worse ratings or if it was just Special Effects Failure, though.
  • May 18, 2011
    GinaInTheKingsRoad
    Is this different from Kensington Gore? That should probably go in the Bloody Tropes index, I'll go do that. Related to Rustproof Blood, and different from A Bloody Mess as that is about a ketchupy substance being mistaken for blood.

    I believe asphyxiation with CO 2 will turn blood a brighter red than usual.
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