Sunday, September 16, 2007

Midnite Madness: A Bucket of Blood

A Bucket of Blood has long been available on cheap public domain DVDs, but I believe that The Roger Corman Collection marks its legitimate debut. It's certainly the best I've ever seen the movie look.

I've often listed A Bucket of Blood as my favorite Corman movie, certainly it's among a nebulous Top 5 that all could as easily be my favorite on a given day. It's, one way of the other, the funniest comedy he ever directed. Much of the credit for how delightful the movie is lies on the shoulders of the great Dick Miller, usually left to charming character roles, but absolutely winning in one of his rare leading roles. Also of note is the witty satirical script by Charles B. Griffith.

For those out of the loop, Miller stars as Walter Paisley, a busboy at The Yellow Dog, a place where various beatniks and artist types congregate, drink espresso and wax pseudo-philosophic. Paisley is a bit simple, but longs to be part of the group, to create, to belong. He stumbles headlong into what will becomes a black comedy rendition of the familiar Mystery of the Wax Museum/House of Wax format.

The fun isn't the plotting, however, it's the knowing skewering of the beatnik/art types and their hypocrisy next to Paisley's innocence.

Another movie that would be well served by hearing Corman (and, in this case, Miller's) thoughts in the form of a commentary track. A small movie, shot in five days, featuring a small role by a rather wooden, but seemingly game, Bert Convy. It's gained a cult status that most should have seen it by now, but if you haven't, this is certainly a good time to fix that.


Booksteve said...

A friend of mine saw an ailing Dick Miller recently at a film convention. She said no matter his health he shows up every year!

Neil Sarver said...

I'm sorry to have my suspicions regarding Dick Miller's health confirmed. He's long been one of my favorite movie personalities.

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