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A Bucket of Blood (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 21 October 1959 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
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 <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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$50,000 (estimated)

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The film's origin came about when American International Pictures approached Roger Corman to direct a horror film for them but only allotted a small budget and an extremely limited schedule. Corman took the challenge, but wasn't interested in directing a traditional horror film, so he and screenwriter Charles B. Griffith came up with the concept of creating a black comedy instead. See more »


When Walter stabs the wall, the knife bends. See more »


Maxwell H. Brock: Life is an obscure hobo, bumming a ride on the omnibus of art.
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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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