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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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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:Unrated | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Though Dick Miller is a recognizable veteran actor who's appeared in well over one hundred films, 'A Bucket of Blood' is one of only three films in which he had a starring role, the others being 'Rock All Night' and 'War of the Satellites.'See more »
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Continuity: The man using the saw has a cigarette behind his ear. In the next shot, the cigarette disappears.See more »
Quotes:
Will:Have some breakfast, man.
Walter Paisley:What're ya' having?
Maxwell H. Brock:Some soy and wheat germ pancakes, organic guava nectar, calcium lactate and tomato juice, and garbanzo omelettes sprinkled with smoked yeast. Join us?
Walter Paisley:No thanks... Sounds great, though!
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28 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Horror comedy of different clay!, 3 August 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Not including almost every entry in the terrific Edgar Allen Poe cycle he did, "A Bucket of Blood" unquestionable is Roger Corman's best and most entertaining film. And – coincidentally or not – this movie also contains many references towards Poe (a walled-up cat!!), so maybe Corman simply needs the legendary horror author's oeuvre in order to deliver great movies? "A Bucket of Blood" is a truly slick and ingenious little quickie that terrifically blends the classic terror premise of "Mystery of the Wax Museum" with the typical psychotronic-humor that Corman largely invented himself. Corman regular Dick Miller (terribly underrated throughout his whole career) gives away a near-perfect performance as Walter Praisley, a clumsy waiter and wannabe artist whose biggest wish to get as famous as the talkative stars he serves coffee to every day. His dream accelerates rapidly and unexpectedly when he covers his landlady's dead cat in clay and people proclaim it an art-masterpiece. Walter naturally enjoys his easily earned artist-status but he also realizes that he'll have to move on to bigger (read: bloodier) projects if he wants to stay in the picture. Dick Miller's exhilarating acting together with Charles Griffith's wit scripting skills, makes this a very fun production that every cult-film fan will enjoy watching. Although chuckles clearly have the upper hand in "A Bucket of Blood", Corman doesn't ignore the horror entirely and some of the death-sequences are definitely more chilling than the ones featuring in other contemporary and "serious" horror movies.

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