A Bucket of Blood (1959)
Director: Roger Corman
Main Stars: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Anthony Carbone, Judy Bamber
Storyline: A busboy at a local artist hang out wants to be somebody and when he accidently puts clay over top of dead cat and becomes a celebratory it goes straight to his mind.
Review (Spoils): Walter (Dick Miller) is a bit of a loser who is stuck busing tables and listening to things that he wants to be part of such as music, poetry and art. He is tired of being made fun of and buys some clay and tries to make a statue of the charming Carla (Barboura Morris). When it all failed he loses his mind and kills a cat and covers it in clay. This becomes a piece of art and he shows it off and gets recognition. This starts the madness of his art and people start to go missing and slowly Walter starts to feel like a beatnik king.
This film is creepy and actually visually done well. You can sense the tension in Walter even the beatnik stuff can be overdone and annoying. We are graced with dead cats, clay, some strangulation, a frying pan, stabbing and a hanging. This all leads to a poor man who wants to be somebody and be loved by Carla.
Rating: I love this film, not sure why but I feel it is a cult classic that gets lost in the monster movies shuffle. I believe Dick Miller did an awesome and hats off to Roger Corman for a funny and yet creepy film.