A Bucket of Blood

Overview

A fine example -- perhaps the best available -- of "B"-movie overlord Roger Corman's "Weekend Wonders" from the producer/director's early career see also the original Little Shop of Horrors, this horror-comedy was also the first of beloved actor Dick Miller's dozen-odd portrayals of the character Walter Paisley. A geeky waiter and busboy at a happening Beatnik café, Walter is intensely jealous of the swinging social lives of the artistic types who hang there. A bizarre twist of fate changes everything; when ...
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Overview

A fine example -- perhaps the best available -- of "B"-movie overlord Roger Corman's "Weekend Wonders" from the producer/director's early career see also the original Little Shop of Horrors, this horror-comedy was also the first of beloved actor Dick Miller's dozen-odd portrayals of the character Walter Paisley. A geeky waiter and busboy at a happening Beatnik café, Walter is intensely jealous of the swinging social lives of the artistic types who hang there. A bizarre twist of fate changes everything; when Paisley accidentally kills his landlady's cat, his frantic attempts to hide the body lead him to encase it in a layer of clay, creating a morbid sculpture -- which is eventually discovered and hailed as an artistic triumph by the unwitting Bohemian art crowd. When asked what he's named the piece, the befuddled Walter stammers, "Uhh... Dead Cat?" Beset by numerous requests for similar "truthful" works, the moronic Paisley is forced to find inspiration -- a matter which is readily solved when a nosy undercover cop tries to slap a heroin-possession charge on him and finds himself on the business end of a cast-iron skillet. Before long, the creative urge prods Walter to narrow the competition by whacking his peers with various blunt or sharp implements, and the demand for more sculptures just keeps growing. Miller's tour-de-force performance, writer Charles B. Griffith's hilarious "Daddy-O" dialogue, and Corman's emphasis on the story's more lurid aspects raise this bargain-basement production ultra-cheap even by Corman's standards to classic status.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Roger Corman directed this very funny little film in about half a week on a shoestring budget. Dick Miller plays Walter Paisley, a nerdy waiter at a beatnik coffeehouse. He has pretensions of joining the ranks of the artists who scorn him and the women who fawn over them, but his art is sub-par. That is, until he accidentally kills a cat, covering it with clay in a frightened attempt to hide the act. But the artists whom he yearns to join are fascinated, pronouncing the cat (with a knife sticking from its corpse) a work of art. Walter becomes the latest enfant terrible of the java set, and it isn't long before the embittered former whipping-boy enhances his fame with more original "sculptures," this time involving human victims. Miller is terrific and Charles B. Griffith's script is a funny send-up of beatnik culture. Corman and Griffith re-teamed the following year for an even better low-budget horror-comedy, The Little Shop of Horrors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/2000
  • UPC: 883904130253
  • Original Release: 1959
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Miller Walter Paisley
Barboura Morris Carla
Anthony Carbone Leonard De Santis
Julian Burton Maxwell Brock
Ed Nelson Art Lacroix
John Brinkley Will
Judy Bamber Alice the Awful
Myrtle Domerel Mrs. Surchart
Jhean Burton Naolia
Bert Convy Lou Raby
Alex Gottlieb Singer
John Herman Shaner Oscar
Bruno Ve Sota Art Collector
Technical Credits
Roger Corman Director, Producer
Jack Bohrer Production Manager
Anthony Carras Editor
Charles B. Griffith Screenwriter
Daniel Haller Art Director
Fred Katz Score Composer
Bob Mark Makeup
Jacques Marquette Cinematographer
Paul Rapp Asst. Director
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