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A Bucket of Blood [DVD] [2007]

Dick Miller , Barboura Morris , Roger Corman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone, Julia Burton, Ed Nelson
  • Directors: Roger Corman
  • Producers: Roger Corman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Boulevard Entertaiment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2007
  • Run Time: 63 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OCYEBA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,636 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dick Miller stars as a coffee-bar waiter who receives acclaim as an artist for his amazing true-to-life sculptures. Little do his admirers know that he only achieves his realistic effects by murdering his models and covering them in clay.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Corman comes up trumps 25 Oct 2009
Format:DVD
I watched this as part of a Corman box set with no preconceptions or expectations beyond an entertaining bit of Corman schlock. So I was first pleasantly surprised and then completely bowled over by this little (70 min) gem. It's a kind of companion piece to "Little Shop of Horrors" The Little Shop Of Horrors [1960] [DVD], made a year later, in that both hinge on the Revenge of a Nerd. The plot is well summarised in the previous review, though personally I find it more black than comic (not that it doesn't have laughs - I roared at the death of the cat caused accidentally by clumsy Walter.)

It features a great script, by Charles B Griffith, who also wrote several other Corman classics including "Little Shop". It is I think better that "Little Shop", tighter and more focussed, and also more witty and literate. His "beatnik" dialogue has a knowingness and accuracy which suggest an insider, as well as a huge range of cultural reference; I'm not surprised he submitted one script for Corman written in iambic pentamers. Towards the end of the film, it acquires a noir-ish feel, all sharp angles and shadows, and has a very satisfying ending.

Great credit too to Dick Miller as Walter, who manages to be an endearing klutz of almost subnormal stupidity even when he is at his most murderous. A subtle and most effective performance.

And behind it all there is a potent parable about the craving for recognition which even the most talentless people have, which is still alive and well, as any viewing of "Britain's Got Talent" will show. This craving is fed by the casual cruelty of society towards outsiders, in this case, the shallow self-regard of the beatniks.

Corman has his ups and downs, but this one is up - up - up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Become a Serial Killer 17 Mar 2008
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This darkly comic movie will have you laughing away. Walter, a simple bus boy wants to become an artist. Everyone he knows is an artist of some sort at the beatnik bar where he works. What can Walter do to get the attention that he craves?

It starts by accident, when Walter accidentally kills a cat. He encases it in clay, and Hey Presto! a work of art is created. Suddenly Walter is taken seriously as an artist, and becomes a success as he produces more works of art. Unfortunately the body count rises as Walter becomes more creative.

This is more than a simple black comedy; with the craving for attention and success this satirizes the mores of today. I am always surprised when I find someone who hasn't seen this little gem. However, after they've seen it they love it. This film is guaranteed to make you laugh, and you will watch it time and time again.
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A Bucket of Blood was a pleasant surprise. The story is simple enough- a waiter (Dick Miller) wants to be an artist like the beatniks he serves everyday. At first he is frowned upon, however a chance killing of a cat leads onto Miller killing humans and molding them in clay, for lifelike work.

Before he knows it he is thrust upon the society as a genius. But of course, he is a murderer.

Special mention must go to Dick Miller- everyone has saw Millers films since he has made several cameo pieces, but this film was his only lead acting role and he is superb.

The beatniks give a solid supporting cast and Corman directs with aplomb!
I just wish it had been a little longer, alas at just over an hour the 'film' does feel like a Twilight Zone episode.

That aside, A Bucket of Blood is a delightful film. Very good effort from all concerned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A companion piece to John Waters' Pecker 21 Feb 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bucket of Blood is a hilarious horror film where the action takes place in the middle of the most amazingly crafted portrayal of the late-fifties beatnick movement, only a few notches above Reefer Madness in it's exageration of the stereotypes but completely knowing and very clever.

Amusingly, it is also a perfectly workable pastiche of performance art from the fifties until now, the opening poetry reading goes the 5% too far to acknowledge that it is sending up the genre without needing to become too cartoony or insulting our intelligence. While the plot of the film is pure horror fun, a lot of care has been taken with creating the beatnick world, with credible musicians, affected artists, dubious aesthetics and a perfect send up of how arbitrary objects (in this case a dead cat impaled on a knife covered in clay) can attain significance in such an abstract world.

The story is simple enough, Walter is a slow-witted waiter in an art cafe with ambitions to become an artist while being taunted by the customers. In a fluke accident he stabs a cat in the cavity between plasterboard walls and covers the cat, knife and all with clay and gingerly presents the 'piece' to the art community, who, of course see all kinds of meanings in what they think is a sculpture.

The story spirals as Walter moves on to people, each with great horror-film reasons for the victims finding their way into his work before tension mounts as the cafe owner, with a financial interest in Walter's collectable work, knows the truth but lets Walter hold an art show and his secret becomes more and more precarious.

I won't spoil the ending but apparently it doesn't end how you'd guess because they didn't have enough clay!
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