Bloody Mama

Bloody Mama

Downloadable Video - 1959
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One of the most well-known films from director Roger Corman, A Bucket of Blood tells the story of Walter Paisley (Dick Miller) who, after accidentally killing his landlady's cat and covering the body in plaster to hide the evidence, is acclaimed as a brilliant sculptor. Walter finds himself resorting to the same methods to produce new work, and soon people start mysteriously disappearing. Not wanting to direct another conventional horror flick, Corman and screenwriter Charles B. Griffith came up with the concept for this entertaining black comedy about bad artists and the hypocrisy of the art world at large.
Publisher: Made available through hoopla,, 1959.
[United States] :, The Film Detective :, 1959.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (circa 65 min.)) :,sound, color.
data file, rda
digital, rda
Alternative Title: Bucket of blood.


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Feb 26, 2015

The insanely prolific director/producer/king of the b movie Roger Corman is a true original. If you have any taste for pulp or cheese, then Corman is your man, having dabbled in pretty much every genre, from horror to western to gangster, as well as sort of inventing a few new ones along the way (women in prison, naughty nurses). With re-releases of many of his films, a great documentary about him ("Corman's World"), and a lavish coffee table book, he's started to get some more respect as a filmmaker and as a discoverer of talent. Among those who worked fro him include Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Fonda, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, and Ron Howard. This bare bones set includes two films, "Bloody Mama," a period gangster film from 1970, and "Bucket of Blood," a horror comedy from 1959. "Bloody Mama" is the story of Ma Parker and her sons. Shelley Winters, as blowsy and bombastic as ever, is Ma Barker and the supporting cast includes a pre-fame Robert De Niro, Bruce Dern, Pat Hingle, and Scatman Crothers. It has a weirdly unpleasant psycho-sexual vibe (incest is implied), but some decent gun battles. The swift and sardonic "Bucket of Blood," shot in less than a week, is actually the more entertaining of the two. Corman regular Dick Miller stars as a meek bus boy who works in a hip, boho cafe and dreams of being an artists. After accidentally killing his landlady's cat (in a nod to Poe), he covers in clay and turns it into a sculpture, which brings him unexpected fame. What will he do for his next work? Both a "House of Wax" style horror movie and a send up of the emerging bohemian, beatnik culture, "Bucket of Blood" is a lot of fun.

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