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Bucket of Blood (DVD)
Member Name: Beggar James
Bucket of Blood (DVD)
Date: 04/08/01, updated on 04/08/01 (19 review reads)
'Bucket of Blood', directed by Roger Corman is one of the funniest horror comedies of all time, a fact which is all the more remarkable considering that it had an incredibly low budget, and that it was reportedly shot in just five days. Even non-horror fans should enjoy this film, which has lost none of it's laughs despite the years.
The plot follows the misadventures of the hapless Walter Paisley (played by cult actor Dick Miller), a coffee shop worker who is desperate to fit in with the hepcat beatniks he serves everyday. To try and win their respect, he attempts to become a sculptor. He accidently kills a cat, and covers it with the plaster: the resulting work of art is hailed by the beats as a far out masterpiece. As he falls in with the group, his misfortunes continue as he accidently kills a number of people, all of whom end up as 'living statues'.
This film is completely hilarious ! Dick Miller, a regular in Roger Corman flicks, is absolutely perfect as Walter Paisley, playing him as a likeable sap. The beatniks in the film have some wonderfully dated chat, which raises a smile everytime I watch the film. The whole affair is is hugely likeable, and has a real sense of nostalgia to it, harking back to a time when horror comedies could be funny without having to resort to gross-out gags. I suppose it's a strange comment to make about any film with horror elements, but there is a real innocence to the film which makes it very appealing.
Obviously, the film is bargin-basement, and the low budget clearly shows, with cheap looking sets and unconvincing effects. However, these are barely noticable, and do not detract from the film at all. In fact, if anything, they add to the appeal. Corman's direction is good enough, and he manages to effectively capture the absudity of the affair without letting it degenerate into a complete farce.
For horror fans, although there are a few deaths in the film, ther
e is very little blood or gore. Since this is a black and white film from way back then, this is pretty much to be expected, and I don't think anyone would come to this expecting much splatter. There are a couple of edgy scenes in the film, however, such as when a beatnik girl gives Walter some heroin.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this film to any fans of comedy or horror. If you like black and white films, or like the sense of nostalgia that comes from watching films from a different time period, then there is much to enjoy here. A funny, entertaining classic which is well worth seeking out.