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Directed by undisputed schlockmeister Roger Corman from a screenplay by Charles B. Griffith (The Little Shop of Horrors, Death Race), 1959's A Bucket of Blood is a darkly comic satire that will delight fans of Corman, horror and classic, cult filmmaking. One of the most prolific and successful film producers ever, Corman's ability to find and develop talent is virtually incomparable. With an almost unparalleled influence on modern American cinema, Corman received an Honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement in 2009.
In A Bucket of Blood – which was produced on a $50,000 budget, shot in five days and shares many of the low-budget filmmaking aesthetics for which Corman's work is known – a dimwitted, impressionable young busboy (Dick Miller, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Terror) at a Bohemian café in southern California is inspired by a beatnik artist's performance to try his hand at sculpture.
While working, he accidentally kills his landlady's cat and, in desperation, covers its body in clay to hide the evidence. When the suspiciously life-like figure earns him a reputation as a brilliant sculptor, he is pressured to create similar works … and his muse becomes murder!
A Bucket of Blood – noted in many circles as an honest, undiscriminating portrayal of the many facets of beatnik culture, including art, dance and style of living – is presented in original widescreen with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and mono sound with English subtitles.