A Bucket of Blood (1959)
Saturday, June 18, 2011 at midnight:
New Beverly Midnights presents
A BUCKET OF BLOOD
1959, USA, 66 minutes, 35mm, MGM Repertory
directed by Roger Corman; written by Charles B. Griffith;
starring Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Anthony Carbone,
Ed Nelson, Bert Convy
Sat: midnight (11:59 pm)
Roger Corman directed this very funny little film in about half a week on a shoestring budget. DICK MILLER plays Walter Paisley, a nerdy waiter at a beatnik coffeehouse. He has pretensions of joining the ranks of the artists who scorn him and the women who fawn over them, but his art is sub-par. That is, until he accidentally kills a cat, covering it with clay in a frightened attempt to hide the act. But the artists whom he yearns to join are fascinated, pronouncing the cat (with a knife sticking from its corpse) a work of art. Walter becomes the latest enfant terrible of the java set, and it isn't long before the embittered former whipping-boy enhances his fame with more original "sculptures," this time involving human victims. Miller is terrific and Charles B. Griffith's script is a funny send-up of beatnik culture.
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