Trick or treat? Forgot a Butterfinger. How ’about fingering “A Bucket of Blood”? The oft-seen fright flick is now available for the first time ever on Blu-ray, and transferred from the original 35mm film, thanks to The Film Detective.
Directed by undisputed schlockmeister Roger Corman from a screenplay by Charles B. Griffith 1959 B-grade darkly comic satire will delight fans of Corman and cult filmmaking. One of the most prolific and successful film producers ever, Corman’s ability to find and develop talent is virtually incomparable. With an almost unparalleled influence on modern American cinema, Corman received an Honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement in 2009.
In “A Bucket of Blood”–which was produced on a $50,000 budget, shot in five days and shares many of the low-budget filmmaking aesthetics for which Corman’s work is known. A dimwitted, impressionable young busboy (portrayed by iconic Dick Miller) at a Bohemian café in southern California is inspired by a beatnik artist’s performance to try his hand at sculpture.
While working, he accidentally kills his landlady’s cat and, in desperation, covers its body in clay to hide the evidence. When the suspiciously life-like figure earns him a reputation as a brilliant sculptor, he is pressured to create similar works … and his muse becomes murder!
“A Bucket of Blood”–noted in many circles as an honest, undiscriminating portrayal of the many facets of beatnik culture, including art, dance and style of living–is presented in original widescreen with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and mono sound with English subtitles.
Batty over such schlocky scares? The Film Chest has also unleashed the suspenseful classic film, The Bat” (1959), also remastered and available for the first time on Blu-ray.
In “The Bat”, mystery writer Cornelia van Gorder (played by Agnes Moorehead) resides in a town terrorized by a mysterious murderer known only as “The Bat”, said to be a man with no face who kills women at night by ripping out their throats with steel claws.
Breaking into Cornelia’s countryside home one night, he releases an actual bat, which bites her maid Lizzy (Lenita Lane), sending her into a panic that she has caught “the rabies.” Cornelia calls her doctor, Malcolm Wells (Vincent Price, who just so happens to be conducting research on bats.
Little does Cornelia know that the good doctor has an ulterior motive for coming to her assistance—a thief who has stolen $1 million in bank securities has confided in Wells, leading him to believe the stash is hidden within Cornelia’s home. After dispatching with the thief, Wells plots to claim the missing treasure.
When additional break-ins and murders by The Bat continue, local police chief Andy Anderson (Gavin Gordon) comes to the house with suspicions of both Wells and Cornelia’s butler Warner (John Sutton).
Also featuring Darla Hood (one of The Little Rascal’s Our Gang in her final film appearance), “The Bat”, with its hand-wringing twists and turns, will leave you guessing until the astonishing reveal at the end. A non-stop thriller sure to get your blood pumping. It is Bat is presented in original widescreen with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and mono sound with English subtitles.