"A Bucket of Blood," was the first of the Corman and Charles B. Griffith black comedies, the others were "Little Shop of Horrors," and "Creature from the Haunted Sea." This film is a satire on horror, beatniks, and the art world. The film was released in 1959.
Oscar: I saw a statue once. It was called, "the third time Phyllis saw me, she exploded."
Will: Man, what kind of statue was that?
Oscar: I dunno, it was made out of driftwood and dipped in fluoric acid. Very wild.
Dick Miller is the lead actor in the film, in the film he played a busboy at a beatnik club. Well Miller's character, Walter wants to be an artist and well he does get that dream, though it all starts because of killing the land lady's cat on accident. He becomes famous but for all the wrong reasons.
Leonard de Santis: I was just suggesting to Walter that he try his hand at free-form.
Maxwell H. Brock: Why do you suggest anything to Walter? Are you the spokesman for society come to put your stifling finger in his eye?
It's said that Corman and Griffith got the idea for this movie by walking around the Sunset Strip in California and hanging out with beatniks. It took Corman like a day to do an outline for the movie. It also took 5 days to film that movie and the budget was somewhere near $50,000.
Alice: [Mocking laughter] Nobody asked your opinion, Walter! You're just a simple farm boy, and the rest of us are sophisticated beatniks.
Miller's performance is pretty top-notch, the awkward busboy turned insane killer for fame. Art is literally murder in this film and the beatniks/artists are not safe in this movie to be parody. The plot is dark but the one-liners are not! The jazzy score is pretty on key too with the film. It's a very flirtatious film that pushes what is acceptable for both the 50s culture and cinema. It's not a 'square' kind of movie and it's kind of gruesome.
Will: Have some breakfast, man.
Walter Paisley: What're ya' having?
Maxwell H. Brock: Some soy and wheat germ pancakes, organic guava nectar, calcium lactate and tomato juice, and garbanzo omelets sprinkled with smoked yeast. Join us?
Walter Paisley: No thanks... Sounds great, though!
Overall this low budget tale on fame and murder is pretty a must see. Everyone talks about "Little Shop of Horrors," but sometimes forget about this short gem (the running time is 66 mins). 4 out 5 stars, it's good for what it is and it shows the perfect match of horror and hilarity.