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A fine example -- perhaps the best available -- of "B"-movie overlord Roger Corman's "Weekend Wonders" from the producer/director's early career (see also the original Little Shop of Horrors), this horror-comedy was also the first of beloved actor Dick Miller's dozen-odd portrayals of the character Walter Paisley. A geeky waiter and busboy at a happening Beatnik café, Walter is intensely jealous of the swinging social lives of the artistic types who hang there. A bizarre twist of fate changes everything; when Paisley accidentally kills his landlady's cat, his frantic attempts to hide the body lead him to encase it in a layer of clay, creating a morbid sculpture -- which is eventually discovered and hailed as an artistic triumph by the unwitting Bohemian art crowd. (When asked what he's named the piece, the befuddled Walter stammers, "Uhh... Dead Cat?") Beset by numerous requests for similar "truthful" works, the moronic Paisley is forced to find inspiration -- a matter which is readily solved when a nosy undercover cop tries to slap a heroin-possession charge on him and finds himself on the business end of a cast-iron skillet. Before long, the creative urge prods Walter to narrow the competition by whacking his peers with various blunt or sharp implements, and the demand for more sculptures just keeps growing. Miller's tour-de-force performance, writer Charles B. Griffith's hilarious "Daddy-O" dialogue, and Corman's emphasis on the story's more lurid aspects raise this bargain-basement production (ultra-cheap even by Corman's standards) to classic status. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
The thing that I find most charming about some of Roger Corman's directing efforts is that he shot several of his movies in just a week to save money. What he turns out isn't amazing, but has its charms. A Bucket of Blood is more akin to The Little Shop of Horrors plot-wise in that it has some lowly loser who turns to murder to get people's attention. The plot doesn't really get more complex than that. He kills a cat and covers it in clay... he kills a guy and also covers him in clay... then he kills a gal and covers her in clay. That's about the gist of the entire story. Very simple but fun. The dialogue and acting are both terrible, as is the really awful beatnik poetries. It's just fun to watch a young Dick Miller do his thing, which is about the best draw to the movie. Yeah sure it's got some subtance to it, but that's the main thing I took away from it.
This is my favourite Corman movie of the fifties, I think. The only film where Dick Miller gets to play the main character too. It's both funny and suspenseful. Plus, it's about beatniks. I love this movie.
pretty funny horror movie thats only like, 30 minutes long. i wouldnt expect this amount of dark humor from something from the 50's. and i dont know what t.v. show that Dick Miller guy was on, but i used to see it
A classic Corman film with some fantastic characters bought to life by a great cast. Well worth seeking out, just a shame that the DVD I got is such poor quality, it could do with cleaning up and re-releasing!
"a bucket of blood" is an occult flick made by enlongating one episode of "twight light zone".
the story begins with a nobody with an absurd artisitc ambition to gain himself some respects from the beatnik artists in local cafe, then he achieves that by casting clay on real corpses that means he's got to continue murdering people to maintain his status of genius. then his final work would be himself hung around a rope.
if you always feel the twight light zone episode is not long enough to linger, "a bucket of blood" would be a good passing time entertainment. one sentence to term rod serlying's eccentric beings under his wondrous creations: the vain peculiar struggles made by petite people whose lives are demeaned by their charater flaws, so their seek another dimension to escape their miserable existence of insignificance, the twight zone. you witness an odd mercy bestowed upon those people while the audience secretly emphasize with them, indulging in such soothing morbidity where its popularity prospers. hopefully my term would be adequate.
A classic b-movie about an artist who makes his creations from those he kills. It starts with a cat sculpture and then progresses to people. I like the names he assigns to each of his masterpieces. This black humour is a slight mix of "The House of Wax" and "Little Shop of Horrors", but the beatnik crowd and Dick Miller make it a unique cult treat worthy of a chuckle.
A terribly disappointing black comedy version of "House of Wax". A lot of people also liken it to "The Little Shop of Horrors" because it has a very similar plot. The one thing it doesn't have though is a "bucket of blood". Yet again Roger Corman fooled everybody with a title that had absolutely nothing to do with the film itself. It's only of interest to see Dick Miller from "Gremlins" in an early role. Other than that it's just awful.
This is the exact same thing as the original Little Shop of Horrors. It's silly, it's corny, it's nothing short of ridiculous. But at the same time it's funny to see Mr. Futterman from Gremlins as a dorky killer in a world of beatniks.
despite being a B Roger Corman film, i was surprised by how much i enjoyed this, its a change of pace for dick miller, actually playing the lead and also playing a timid type and not the usual tough guy no BS type, but he plays it well, it also does a good job capturing/satirizing the beatnik scene, it plays it completely straight and doesnt wink at the camera at all, which makes it work despite the potentially silly premise, i recommend for dick miller fans
Corman gives us an amusing little black comedy critique of the art world, featuring Dick Miller in his single starring role. It's fun to note that Miller does play a character with the same name in a few other films, allowing the character to find life in other forms.
It's worth a look for sure, hell it's only an hour long, what else are you doing right now?
December 15, 2011
I haven't finished watching the whole thing, but if the 2nd half is as good as the 1st, then this could be my favorite Roger Corman movie - certainly it has some of the best craftsmanship, but also one of Charles Gfiffith's actually *smart* scripts, which makes for a pitch-black comedy about a busboy who accidentally kills his cat and sets himself up as an art guru (his pieces of art: "Dead Cat" and later after he offs a cop, "Murdered Man") by using clay to mold around his dead subjects. This really caught me off guard with how funny and maniacal it could get; frankly, this is what I wanted (and didn't get) out of the much more touted Little Shop of Horrors.
In true Corman fashion, there is no bucket of blood in this film. But as far as film veteran Dick Miller's only starring role, Bucket of Blood is a quirky little black comedy that does for beat poets what Little Shop of Horrors did for horticulturists. In fact, Little Shop is nothing more than a remake of Bucket (which in itself is a skid row version of House of Wax), albeit a less sophisticated one. Most of the highlights of this film are due to the fine comic acting and timing of Dick Miller and Julian Burton, but if dead cats in plaster make you giggle, then you'll definitely get a kick out of this one.
i like this film a lot. the story is interesting and unique about a coffeehouse busboy that accidentally kills a cat and covers the body in plaster to hide is mistake. people see it as magnificent art and see the busboy as an upcoming artist...and then he begins to kill people so he can cover them in plaster and show them off so that people in the coffeehouse will finally accept him into the crowd. i honestly can't think of too much to complain about for this film. if you have the chance, watch it.
This underrated horror movie is actually very good, I love it. Te plot is so simple yet great. The acting is average and the gore could've gone a little further. But overall a very enjoyable horror movie.