Classic Horror/Comedy – A BUCKET OF BLOOD
A BUCKET OF BLOOD is the greatest 5-day production of all time.
Roger Corman‘s wry 1959 feature, A Bucket of Blood – written by legendary screenwriter Charles B. Griffith, is a masterpiece of low budget filmmaking, starring the incredible Dick Miller as Walter Paisley, a nebbish of the first degree, painfully awkward around women and woefully inept, clearly suffering from Asperger‘s syndrome way back before it was cool. Walter works as a bus boy at a 1950’s beatnik coffee shop, and looks up to bearded bohemian poet Leonard de Santis (played masterfully by Antony Carbone) – who runs the place like a Poet-King, delivering diatribes on the times like a poor man’s Allen Ginsberg. When Walter accidentally kills a cat and paper-mâchés it, he becomes hailed as the next visionary artist. Finally getting the respect and admiration he’s always wanted (not to mention the girl), Walter bumbles into several other sculptures, each more gruesome than the last. If you’re like me and enjoy watching pretentious self-important types get skewered then you’ll absolutely love this movie. And as an exercise in low budget filmmaking it’s wonderful, utilizing long takes, bare bones set design, and fantastic props (Walter’s “accidents” are especially magnificent). Corman simply allows the actors room to do their thing – and they deliver. At 66 minutes it’s a brisk viewing experience, making it perfect for a double-feature – perhaps with another Corman film, like Little Shop of Horrors, shot on the same set with most of the same cast (plus Jack Nicholson in an early role)? All in all A Bucket of Blood is an absolute must for fans of out-there cinema, as it is for anyone interested in ever making a low budget feature – my crew and I even used it as a blueprint when we made our first film, The Holy Deuce.
Incidentally, here’s the movie in it’s entirety:
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