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A Bucket of Blood (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 21 October 1959 (USA)
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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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A new dimension in horror! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Horror

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Director Roger Corman and writer Charles B. Griffith went to coffeehouses on the Sunset Strip to do "research" for the beatnik characters they would create for this film. See more »

Goofs

The man using the saw has a cigarette behind his ear. In the next shot, the cigarette disappears. See more »

Quotes

Maxwell H. Brock: Ring rubber bells! Beat cotton gongs! Strike silken cymbals!
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Connections

Referenced in Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ballad of Tim Evans
("Go Down, You Murderer")
Music & Lyrics by Ewan MacColl
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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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