View Full Version : bodys in clear plastic bags(body bags)

11-03-2010, 04:42 PM
im designing a simple hallway leading into an asylum/demented doctors office for the 2011 season

does anyone have a simple/cost effective way of making the bodies in the bag look as real as can be?
i know the type of fake blood i wanna use. but the corpses, well.. i need some good ideas as to what has been done.

suggestions please...

11-06-2010, 08:44 PM
Really thats no problem if you can sew. If you can't sew then hot glue will work fine. Get cheep fabric any where you can, if you can't find fabric use old sheets. Lay them down double sided and get some one to lay down on them. Trace there outline , and then cut into the outline. While cutting you should be cutting both layers. stat sewing up your ands to give shape, again if you can't sew, a hot glue gun works fine. While your sealing up the body fill it up with cotton or any filler.

Yes this seems so simple, but for low budget you will be shocked by the effect.

What really matters with this effect is how you dress your body. Any old clothes will do. Now use plastic bags, paint plastic, tarp, whatever you want and start wrapping your body up. I like to do a nice craptastic job and leave blulk areas in wrapped on purpose for a good layer effect and also leave nothing to that imagination of people. Yep, thats a body inside! To hold it all together I always use duck tape because lets face it, its the true tool if any killer.

Things that you might want to try and add that will really make this. You don't want to leave exposed fabric skin on your dummy. So cover that with more duck tape! While doing the head, if you an old wig, chop some of the hair off and layer it under the tape as if they were struggling when you did this. Tape the hands together in the back like you would see a normal bound person. Also if you have any spare body parts, and lets face it, some times our prop body parts are not useful and need to be used for something other then hitting one another. Stick it on there and have a blast.

Hope this helped. An send me pics if you get lost some where or just want to show it off. Trust me when I say, nothing feels better then making it yourself and saving a few bucks here and there.


11-07-2010, 06:10 PM
this is an interesting way of doing it. but i wanted the body to be naked. u think this still might work with the way u are thinking ?

11-08-2010, 12:03 PM
a "Relatively" inexpensive way....


11-08-2010, 12:28 PM
thnx zombietoxin. more of what i was looking for :)

11-08-2010, 09:56 PM
Oh hell no, my idea is quite the opposite. This is more for the dark gore effect. What is cool about making your own bodies is that you have more flexibility in the positioning of the body in the bag. Where with manikins you just get that one pose.

11-08-2010, 10:39 PM
thats true darkxmoon. but i like the fact that they are heavy and u can see the skin. would love to incorporate both aspects into the body bags...
must use brain power and figure this out lol

Allen H
11-08-2010, 10:41 PM
Ebay is still the answer. Stuff them how you like and airbrush details.


11-08-2010, 10:54 PM
@ allen. wow you are on point with that one. holy shit :)

Allen H
11-08-2010, 11:06 PM
They can come with seperate fingers and toes, and with no holes in the face you can make a face for them on the lycra hood by attaching any prosthetic just like you were making a sock mask. my youtube channel has a tutorial on that part if you have never made one of those.
Allen H

11-08-2010, 11:13 PM
im gonna pick up a few of these. my mind is already spinning on the different items i can add to this :)

any good sites on cost effective hands and feet? or maybe a way of making hands and feet?

11-08-2010, 11:38 PM
@ Allen, Sir I tip my hat to you for even I'm impressed. I'm actually going to need one of these.

Allen H
11-08-2010, 11:40 PM
I use them all the time, and they can come with hands and feet, I cut up a milk jug to glue on fingernails and toenails.

11-08-2010, 11:43 PM
((in a begging voice))

Can I work with you ?

((sad face))

11-10-2010, 03:05 PM

spray foam as filler. airbrush/paint skin.

just throwing it out there.


11-10-2010, 04:12 PM
Yea know I have worked with them before and I have to say I hate them because the control to them and pose them drives me nuts. Even though its cheaper then the body suits I just can't work with them any more. Some people can but with me, no matter how I airbrush them or how i put clothing on them, the plastic rubber drives me nuts.

Again they are a good bit cheaper though.

Allen H
11-10-2010, 05:19 PM
Im not a fan of them either, in order to pose them you need a skeleton and if your going through that much trouble...they arent that great of a skin choice. They will work for very specific things, but I dont think hanging bodies is their best fit. Bodies on a slab under a sheet, sure.

11-11-2010, 10:59 AM
I always have clothes on them.. what your saying makes since with the skin. best of luck.


11-11-2010, 12:22 PM
Im not a fan of them either, in order to pose them you need a skeleton and if your going through that much trouble...they arent that great of a skin choice. They will work for very specific things, but I dont think hanging bodies is their best fit. Bodies on a slab under a sheet, sure.

See I tried that too. And it made me mad because the shape just looked so unrealistic to me that it drove me nuts. You would have thought I was reenactment of "NO MORE WIRE HANGERS". I ended up ripping this thing to shreds with my knife and tossing it on the wall where it got stuck on some other props. Yes I overreacted...BUT !!! When me and my friend James were done going at each others throats we looked over at the rubber again and noticed something... It looked good.

I looked like some one had been skinned and was now displaying there work like art. We got foam and studio blood to gore it up and we acted like that was what we meant do the whole time. Tried to replicate it the next year and it wasn't the same. That shit was funny.