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A Bucket of Blood (1959)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  21 October 1959 (USA)
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A frustrated and talentless artist finds acclaim for a plaster covered dead cat that is mistaken as a skillful statuette. Soon the desire for more praise leads to an increasingly deadly series of works.



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Barboura Morris ...
Antony Carbone ...
Julian Burton ...
John Brinkley ...
John Herman Shaner ...
Oscar (as John Shaner)
Judy Bamber ...
Myrtle Vail ...
Mrs. Swickert (as Myrtle Damerel)
Lou Raby (as Burt Convy)
Jhean Burton ...
Bruno VeSota ...
Art Collector (as Bruno Ve Soto)
Lynn Storey ...
Sylvia (as Lynne Storey)


Walter Paisley, nerdy busboy at a Bohemian café, is jealous of the talent (and popularity) of its various artistic regulars. But after accidentally killing his landlady's cat and covering the body in plaster to hide the evidence, he is acclaimed as a brilliant sculptor - but his new-found friends want to see more of his work. Lacking any artistic talent whatsoever, Walter has to resort to similar methods to produce new work, and soon people start mysteriously disappearing... Written by Michael Brooke <>

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21 October 1959 (USA)  »

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The ultimate art-house spoof
17 August 2004 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

If anyone is fed up with the pretentious nitwits that dictate what is good art, chances are you'll enjoy this classic campy tale. The protagonist is a weakling who works as a waiter at a beatnik coffee shop and hangs around psuedo artist snobs, sucking up their every last syllable as if it is a mocha frapuccino. He wants very much to carve a niche for himself in this group of losers and manages to do so when he makes a sculpture out of his landlady's dead cat! True to herd mentality, everyone is soon basking in this guy's coolness, singing his praises, and generally kissing his talentless behind. Only problem is, he keeps making sculptures from bodies! By the time these Bohemians catch on to the fact that this guy may not be so hip after all, the death toll has risen and laughter is abound. Also make sure to look out for the fat bearded character Maxwell, this guy is a total riot. The sad thing is every time I go to an open mike I meet some "poet" who is just like him. Great sardonic humor from the master of the macabre Roger Corman. 8/10

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