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A Bucket of Blood -- Walter Paisley, nerdy busboy at a Bohemian café, is jealous of the talent (and popularity) of its various artistic regulars...
A Bucket of Blood -- When bumbling busboy Walter Paisley (Dick Miller) tries his hand at sculpting he accidentally kills a cat and covers it with clay. It becomes a celebrated work of art and soon Walter has moved on to killing people and is the hit of the local art scene. Director Corman shot this black comedy cult classic in an amazing five days for $50,000 and perfectly satirizes the world of contemporary art.

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Charles B. Griffith (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 October 1959 (USA) See more »
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A Comedy of Errors! A Comedy of Terrors! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Not Corman's Best, But Still Worth-Watching See more (69 total) »

Cast

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Dick Miller ... Walter Paisley
Barboura Morris ... Carla
Antony Carbone ... Leonard de Santis
Julian Burton ... Maxwell H. Brock

Ed Nelson ... Art Lacroix
John Brinkley ... Will
John Herman Shaner ... Oscar (as John Shaner)
Judy Bamber ... Alice
Myrtle Vail ... Mrs. Swickert (as Myrtle Damerel)

Bert Convy ... Lou Raby (as Burt Convy)
Jhean Burton ... Naolia
Bruno VeSota ... Art Collector (as Bruno Ve Soto)
Lynn Storey ... Sylvia (as Lynne Storey)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Hassilev ... Singer-Guitarist (uncredited)
Paul Horn ... Beatnik Saxophonist (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Art Exhibit Patron (uncredited)
Sheila Noonan ... Yellow Door Patron (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Art Exhibit Patron (uncredited)
Henry Travis ... Art Critic (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Corman 
 
Writing credits
Charles B. Griffith (screenplay)

Produced by
Roger Corman .... producer
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer (uncredited)
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Fred Katz (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Jacques R. Marquette (director of photography) (as Jack Marquette)
 
Film Editing by
Anthony Carras 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller  (as Dan Haller)
 
Makeup Department
Bob Mark .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jack Bohrer .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Rapp .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Richard M. Rubin .... properties (as Dick Rubin)
 
Sound Department
Leonard Corso .... sound editor
Wallace Nogle .... sound (as Wally Nogle)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marjorie Corso .... wardrobe (as Marge Corso)
 
Music Department
Paul Horn .... musician: saxophone solo
Jerry Irvin .... music editor
 
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Runtime:
66 min | Argentina:75 min
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Finland:K-18 (2002) (self applied) | France:12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2012) | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (video rating) (1996) (uncut) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Trivia:
Julian Burton is reported to have actually written the entire 'Life is a bum' poem himself, taking care to make the poem imitate- and yet parody- 'beatnik' art at the same time.See more »
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Boom mic visible: When Walter and Carla are walking to the Art show, the shadow of a boom mic is visible on the bushes behind them.See more »
Quotes:
Walter Paisley:[Entering The Yellow Door, dressed in a rather absurd-looking artist's costume] Sylvia, didn't you see me wave my zen stick?
Sylvia:[Surprised, not recognizing him at first] Why, it's Walter Paisley!
Walter Paisley:Bring me a cappuccino, and a piece of papaya cheesecake... and, uh, and a bottle of Yugoslavian white wine.
Sylvia:Yes sir, Mr. Paisley!
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Not Corman's Best, But Still Worth-Watching, 28 October 2004
Author: Jason Forestein (jay4stein79@yahoo.com) from somerville, ma

For years, I've been trying to convince myself that renting A Bucket of Blood (1959) wouldn't be a waste of money. On the one hand, it's a Roger Corman picture; on the other hand, it's a Roger Corman picture. He did some great work - Rock n Roll High School, Little Shop of Horrors, some of his Poe adaptations, etc.

But he also directed the Terror which, well, I wasn't too fond of.

In any event, I discovered a fifty cent copy of the Bucket of Blood DVD at the local Target and, well, it was hard to pass up. You can't get a candy bar for fifty cents these days, let alone a DVD, so I didn't have much of a choice.

It was a wise investment. A Bucket of Blood, though not nearly as fun as those aforementioned Corman classics, has plenty of wonderful set-pieces, some hysterical dialogue, and a terrific performance by Dick Miller (B-movie actor best known as Mr.

Futterman (sp?) from Gremlins and the owner of a bookstore specializing in paranormal literature in The Howling).

Like most other Corman pictures, this one is more humorous than horrific. Of course, that's what makes them fun. Not to give too much away, the story follows Dick Miller as Walter Paisley, lowly busboy at a Beatnik Coffee Shop, who discovers through an interesting encounter with Frankie the Cat his inner artistic genius.

I'd really like to tell you more about Frankie the Cat because, well, it's the most absurdly funny thing I've seen in a long time. That would ruin the surprise though. Instead, I'll tell you about the naked lightbulb hanging from the ceiling in Dick Miller's apartment. For some reason, when knocked off-kilter this lightbulb, dangling from a cord as lightbulbs in dive apartments are wont to do, moves back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, creating a nice, eerie effect as the shadows jump around. Yet, and maybe this was because I had been drinking before I sat down to watch the movie, the lightbulb, in the scene involving Frankie the Cat never seems to stop its pendulum-like performance. The violent oscillation never seems to diminish. I feel as though that's defying several laws of physics, but I could be wrong. Anyway, it was a nice touch and I found it entertaining.

8/10

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