Watch: A Bucket of Blood 1959 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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….
Plot: Nerdy Walter Paisley (Dick Miller), a maladroit busboy at a beatnik café who doesn’t fit in with the cool scene around him, attempts to woo his beautiful co-worker, Carla (Barboura Morris), by making a bust of her. When his klutziness results in the death of his landlady’s cat, he panics and hides its body under a layer of plaster. But when Carla and her friends enthuse over the resulting artwork, Walter decides to create some bigger and more elaborate pieces using the same artistic process.
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“But if you’d have shot me, you’d be moppin’ up my blood now.”
A Bucket of Blood is a nice little Corman horror film. It plays better than many of his other non-Poe, non-Price films. It’s the story of a “backwards” busboy in a beatnik dive trying to fit in by becoming an artist. His creations are the talk of the joint. But just how is the seemingly talentless busboy able to create such realistic images of death?
Dick Miller plays the busboy in one of the few feature roles I remember seeing him in. The mix of emotions he imbibes into his character is a highlight of the film. At one moment he’s confused, the next a raving lunatic. Corman kept the screenplay simple and it works. I’ve seen too many low budget directors try to creative effects, etc. that their budgets just do not allow. Corman doesn’t do this. This one is definitely recommended to fans of the 50s quickie horror films.
Horror comedy of different clay!
Not including almost every entry in the terrific Edgar Allen Poe cycle he did, “A Bucket of Blood” unquestionable is Roger Corman’s best and most entertaining film. And coincidentally or not this movie also contains many references towards Poe (a walled-up cat!!), so maybe Corman simply needs the legendary horror author’s oeuvre in order to deliver great movies? “A Bucket of Blood” is a truly slick and ingenious little quickie that terrifically blends the classic terror premise of “Mystery of the Wax Museum” with the typical psychotronic-humor that Corman largely invented himself. Corman regular Dick Miller (terribly underrated throughout his whole career) gives away a near-perfect performance as Walter Praisley, a clumsy waiter and wannabe artist whose biggest wish to get as famous as the talkative stars he serves coffee to every day. His dream accelerates rapidly and unexpectedly when he covers his landlady’s dead cat in clay and people proclaim it an art-masterpiece. Walter naturally enjoys his easily earned artist-status but he also realizes that he’ll have to move on to bigger (read: bloodier) projects if he wants to stay in the picture. Dick Miller’s exhilarating acting together with Charles Griffith’s wit scripting skills, makes this a very fun production that every cult-film fan will enjoy watching. Although chuckles clearly have the upper hand in “A Bucket of Blood”, Corman doesn’t ignore the horror entirely and some of the death-sequences are definitely more chilling than the ones featuring in other contemporary and “serious” horror movies.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 6 min (66 min), 1 hr 15 min (75 min) (Argentina)
Genre Comedy, Crime, Horror
Director Roger Corman
Writer Charles B. Griffith
Actors Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Ryder Sound Services)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm