In 1959, with fifty-thousand dollars and a five-day shooting schedule, Roger Corman wanted to break from shooting straight horror films, and set out to create a horror film infused with black comedic elements while also satirizing the beatnik, “art house” culture. With its low production value and farcical elements, A Bucket of Blood set the tone (which Corman sharpened the following year with The Little Shop of Horrors) not only for later horror-comedies, but for the boom in exploitation and grindhouse films of the 60s and 70s as well.
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At the time of its original release there was a promotion in the newspaper's movie section advertisements that made the offer, “If You Bring In A Bucket Of Blood To Your Local Theater's Management (Or Ticket Booth), You Will Be Given One Free Admission.”
In the Library:
- Corman, Roger, and Jim Jerome. 1990. How I made a hundred movies in Hollywood and never lost a dime. New York: Random House. [Link: WorldCat]
- Fischer, Dennis. 1991. Horror film directors, 1931-1990. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. [Link: WorldCat]
- Dittman, Michael J. 2007. Masterpieces of Beat literature. Greenwood introduces literary masterpieces. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. [Link: NetLibrary]
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