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A Bucket of Blood

A Bucket of Blood

Richard Miller
Director: Roger Corman Cast: Richard Miller
Richard Miller
, Barboura Morris
Barboura Morris
, Anthony Carbone
Anthony Carbone
Roger Corman

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2019
UPC: 0887090601900
Original Release: 1959
Rating: NR
Source: Olive
Region Code: A
Time: 1:06:00
Sales rank: 19,781

Special Features

"Creation Is. All Else is Not"- Roger Corman on A Bucket of Blood; Audio commentary by Elijah Drenner, director of That Guy Dick Miller; Archival audio interview with screenwriter Charles B. Griffith; "Bits of Bucket"- visual essay comparing the original script to the final version of the film; Essay by Caelum Vatnsdal, author of You Don't Know Me, But You Love Me: The Lives of Dick Miller; Rare prologue from German release; Super 8 "digest" version; Theatrical trailer; German theatrical trailer; Gallery of newly-discovered on-set photography

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dick Miller Walter Paisley
Barboura Morris Carla
Anthony Carbone Leonard De Santis
Julian Burton Maxwell Brock
Ed Nelson Art Lacroix
John Brinkley Will
Judy Bamber Alice the Awful
Myrtle Domerel Mrs. Surchart
Jhean Burton Naolia
Bert Convy Lou Raby
Alex Gottlieb Singer
John Herman Shaner Oscar
Bruno Ve Sota Art Collector

Technical Credits
Roger Corman Director,Producer
Jack Bohrer Production Manager
Anthony Carras Editor
Charles B. Griffith Screenwriter
Daniel Haller Art Director
Fred Katz Score Composer
Bob Mark Makeup
Jacques Marquette Cinematographer
Paul Rapp Asst. Director

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