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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 ... Leonard de Santis
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 ... 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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Roger Corman's Cult Classic is Bloody Good Fun! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Horror

Certificate:

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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly Dick Miller was unhappy with the impact of the low budget on the film. He felt the film had terrific potential to be a classic and liked the script and performances, but felt the lack of funding weakened some of the film's best moments. In particular he cited the conclusion of the film, saying that it suffered due to little time and money for makeup effects. See more »

Goofs

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

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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Connections

Referenced in Color Me Blood Red (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Gari, Gari
Traditional Russian gypsy song
Performed by Alex Hassilev
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Great dialogue
27 January 2002 | by KingkitschSee all my reviews

"A Bucket of Blood", for all it's cheapness, contains some great dialogue. I suspect that John Waters paid close attention to the snappy repartee delivered by the entire cast of this little gem. How can you not love a movie that has lines like: "Take me to some cool blue place...and gas me!". A total hoot, all the way around.


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