Friday, March 26, 2010
A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959)
Dick Millers greatest role? Probably. I mean out of the tons of things he's been in he wasn't really the star of many things I can think of. This AIP studios classic, directed by b-movie great Roger Corman, is a simple story of a schlub named Walter Paisley(Miller) whose life sucks. Who can't relate to that? Our sympathy shifts though after he starts murdering people for his artwork which makes him popular but ultimately seals his doom. I guess the lesson is don't try to please the popular people because they're mostly jackasses anyway. At least that's the way I see it. This would be a pretty nihilistic movie it it wasn't done in such a lighthearted goofy way. Silly beat-nicks, retarded poetry, bad art jazz man. It all adds up to good times. Look for it on some cheap-ass DVD label near you or for free online. Miller went on to use the Paisley name in a few other flicks as well. This was HG Lewis' inspiration for COLOR ME BLOOD RED which is one of Lewis' worst movies so stick with this one.
Come to the land of living dreams?:
It's true, life really is an obscure hobo bumming a ride on the omnibus of art: