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A Bucket of Blood (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 21 October 1959 (USA)
A dim-witted busboy finds acclaim as an artist for a plaster-covered dead cat that is mistaken as a skillful statuette. The desire for more praise soon leads to an increasingly deadly series of works.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writer:

Charles B. Griffith (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Miller ... Walter Paisley
Barboura Morris Barboura Morris ... Carla
Antony Carbone Antony Carbone ... Leonard de Santis
Julian Burton Julian Burton ... Maxwell H. Brock
Ed Nelson ... Art Lacroix
John Brinkley John Brinkley ... Will
John Herman Shaner John Herman Shaner ... Oscar (as John Shaner)
Judy Bamber ... Alice
Myrtle Vail Myrtle Vail ... Mrs. Swickert (as Myrtle Damerel)
Bert Convy ... Lou Raby (as Burt Convy)
Jhean Burton Jhean Burton ... Naolia
Bruno VeSota ... Art Collector (as Bruno Ve Soto)
Lynn Storey Lynn Storey ... Sylvia (as Lynne Storey)
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Living Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Roger Corman and writer Charles B. Griffith went to coffeehouses on the Sunset Strip to do 'research' for the beatnik characters they would create for this film. See more »

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When we see Walter's dish rack in the background, there is no pan for the blood. In the next shot, there is a big pan on the dish rack that Walter uses for Lou's dripping blood. 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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"But if you'd have shot me, you'd be moppin' up my blood now."
27 March 2006 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

A Bucket of Blood is a nice little Corman horror film. It plays better than many of his other non-Poe, non-Price films. It's the story of a "backwards" busboy in a beatnik dive trying to fit in by becoming an artist. His creations are the talk of the joint. But just how is the seemingly talentless busboy able to create such realistic images of death?

Dick Miller plays the busboy in one of the few feature roles I remember seeing him in. The mix of emotions he imbibes into his character is a highlight of the film. At one moment he's confused, the next a raving lunatic. Corman kept the screenplay simple and it works. I've seen too many low budget directors try to creative effects, etc. that their budgets just do not allow. Corman doesn't do this. This one is definitely recommended to fans of the 50s quickie horror films.


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