An effective skewering of modern art and the beatnik counterculture, this is a breezy comedy highlighted by Miller’s performance as a hapless schlub antihero. (Miller would later reprise his role of Walter Paisley in the schlocky gem Chopping Mall). When production on this film wrapped, Corman reused the sets to film another tale of a nebbish who gains fame through murder–The Little Shop of Horrors. Why there isn’t yet an off-Broadway musical version of A Bucket of Blood is anyone’s guess. Since its running time is a brief 66 minutes, this one makes a perfect warm up to a great movie night. If you’ve never checked it out before, what are you waiting for?
We originally published this post in 2016 and are reprinting it today in tribute to the great Dick Miller, who died today at the age of 90. He was one of the best, and we will have a full tribute to his life and work tomorrow.