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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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 <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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When preview audiences saw Maxwell arrive in a tuxedo and sandals, it caused them to chuckle because it seemed so appropriate to the character...however, it was actually because Julian Burton had swollen feet due to wearing the sandals constantly and had no choice. See more »

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Walter stabs the knife into the wall and it is at his chest height. In the next shot, it's up by his nose. See more »

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Oscar: I saw a statue once. It was called, "the third time Phyllis saw me, she exploded."
Will: Man, what kind of statue was that?
Oscar: I dunno, it was made out of driftwood and dipped in fluoric acid. Very wild.
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A Hep Cat Hollowcast.
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Daddy O, this is with out a doubt the coolest horror film with beatniks that has ever been produced, one viewing and you'll be pulling your bongos outa the closet and throwing paint at the wall. Beatniks, coffee, art, murder and a Paul Horn soundtrack, It's Crazy Man.


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