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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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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:Approved (certificate #19369) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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The working title of the film was 'The Living Dead'.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Walter accidentally kills a cat in a wall with a knife, but when he takes it out of the wall, it is stiff, as if it has been dead at least an hour.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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Movie Connections:
References House of Wax (1953)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Ballad of Tim EvansSee more »

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Corman's first black comedy, 7 May 2000
Author: silentgpaleo

In Roger Corman's autobiography, he credits himself to creating the sub-genre "black comedy". His version of "black comedy" featured gruesome elements, that were sometimes played for laughs. With BUCKET OF BLOOD and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, he furthered this along, and although I'm not sure if he did indeed invent the "black comedy", he sure had a good run with it.

BUCKET OF BLOOD is near-perfect. Which is saying a lot when you think of some of Corman's films. BUCKET OF BLOOD stars Dick Miller in his only starring performance. He plays a struggling busboy/artist, whose only real desire in life is to impress the local beatnik girl (the talented Barboura Morris). Miller works at the same coffee house that Morris frequents. The place, run by Anthony Carbone, features poetry and art. There are also pretentious beatniks, drug dealers, and undercover detectives.

I don't want to give much else away, aside from that the film itself has a life of its own. The energy is high, the camera and editing work are effectively polished, and the dialogue is uniformly crisp. Corman's direction is fluid. Next to LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and maybe a few of his Poe films, BUCKET OF BLOOD is his best film.

Dick Miller, has never received such a juicy part to play as this. He handles the jokes well, and his interplay with Carbone, and especially Ed Nelson, is great.

The sets are cheap, the conclusion is rushed, but BUCKET OF BLOOD made me giggle, and unlike some horror films, it is supposed to.

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