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A Bucket of Blood

A Bucket of Blood

1959
Comedy
Crime
1h 6m
Walter Paisley, nerdish waiter at a Bohemian cafe, is jealous of the talent (and popularity) of its various artistic regulars...
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A Bucket of Blood

1959
Comedy
Crime
1h 6m
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Avg Percentile 55.14% from 328 total ratings

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Rated 06 Mar 2012
90
94th
"I read a summary and thought it was made recently then when I started watching it I thought it was old and then when I had been watching it for a while I reconsidered and thought it maybe was made recently" or "The greatest portrayal of an artist put on film."
Rated 19 Aug 2021
66
30th
This is closer to an indie film or an underground movie than a classic 1950's Hollywood picture. Tonally it's an extended Twilight Zone episode; with a macabre premise that leads to a dark conclusion. Cinematically it's best when the jokes and horror play hand in hand--often in one shot. And satirically it works as it shows how frequently a subculture finds profoundness out of someone who's really a fraud. Still, the rushed ending and dated aspects give it a marginal recommendation.
Rated 24 Sep 2018
70
53rd
Dick Miller has always looked middle aged. Way too much sax. Glad this was just over an hour, but if a movie came out today at just over an hour I would revolt. I have layers like art or whatever
Rated 13 Oct 2013
83
72nd
A great bit of macabre humour that pokes fun at art culture along the way. Yeah, it's a little slight, but it's rather short and fills out its running time very well.
Rated 20 Feb 2012
63
19th
The whole beatnik thing is utterly laughable, as intended, yet this movie is horribly stupid anyway. I could have probably enjoyed this movie if I were under the influence of copious amounts of liquor.
Rated 02 Sep 2018
76
67th
A very apt take down of art
Rated 08 Mar 2015
69
58th
"Nobody asked your opinion, Walter! You're just a simple farm boy, and the rest of us are sophisticated beatniks."
Rated 12 Sep 2010
63
60th
As a viewing experience it's lean and flowing and entertaining to watch, if a bit slight and generally ridiculous. But underlying the somewhat exploitative horror comedy is a potent allegory about social reception of and expectations from art. It's significant that the director of this little movie that's more ambitious that it looks, went on to become the producer patriarch of New Hollywood.
Rated 02 Dec 2009
75
59th
Life is an obscure hobo, bumming a ride on the omnibus of art."
Rated 31 Oct 2020
73
66th
And the lesson, kids, is "Don't listen to influencers."
Rated 29 Mar 2021
20
1st
A failed attempt to mock Beatniks. Mostly boring and only intermittently funny. However Ed Nelson does look cool in a cowboy hat, but unfortunately Dick Miller does come across in this as a poor man's Jack Lemon (with some pale flashes of Jerry Lewis thrown in).
Rated 10 Dec 2010
65
45th
A silly but enjoyable film from Roger Corman which nonetheless takes swipes at the perception of art and alternative beat culture at the time with some panache and wit.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
44
6th
Mildly amusing. Feels like a rather silly episode of Twilight Zone.
Rated 19 Apr 2009
5
93rd
"A fun tale from the B-movie basement."
Rated 09 May 2009
75
64th
A neat relic from the beatnik age. Like all of Corman's best, it's got dark humor, low-budget cheesy charm, and a lovable put-upon protagonist.
Rated 10 Mar 2007
40
19th
Like an extended episode of The Twilight Zone.Sort of funny and maybe worth a watch if you have a spare hour.
Rated 30 Jun 2009
89
71st
Although the idea of putting corpses into wax or clay as art has been done before, I liked this movie. I liked the main characters, mainly Dick Miller's character. This movie is also humorous in a black comedy sort of way. I recommend seeing this movie.
Rated 16 Sep 2019
80
73rd
Would claymolate my mother for a Rosencrantz & Guildenstern thing with the two hipster hobos
Rated 03 Jul 2007
78
70th
Corman does a great job with the low budget with a clever premise, good pacing, and some nice macabre humor.
Rated 13 Nov 2020
67
46th
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Rated 02 Jan 2015
50
0th
Roger Corman #5
Rated 09 Apr 2024
60
39th
Why did I think it was actually a good idea?
Rated 29 Jan 2010
77
33rd
Entertaining low budget horror comedy.
Rated 31 Mar 2007
60
47th
The reason we see Dick Miller in so many other movies
Rated 24 May 2014
61
18th
Robert Downey Jr is great in this!
Rated 04 Feb 2019
87
82nd
Em honra de Dick Miller (1928 - 2019). Na verdade me lembrou muito Peeping Tom feito no mesmo ano, só que cômico, de baixo orçamento e com outro tipo de arte: a escultura. É um excelente exemplar dentro da filmografia do Corman. DVDRip no MakingOff.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
64
42nd
Amusing. Dick Miller's a laugh!
Rated 30 Jul 2022
80
53rd
Quite good. You can tell this was directed by a man with skill, and the result is a film far more engaging than you'd expect from the title or the genre. It does go off the rails in the final minutes, likely due to budgetary and time constraints.

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