LACONIA—Throughout October, join Lakes Region Public Access Television each Friday and Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. for a scary good time! “LRPA After Dark” celebrates Halloween with four frightening films from Hollywood’s past. This weekend, Oct. 13 and 14, we serve up horror hipster-style with 1959’s darkly comic film “A Bucket of Blood,” directed by Roger Corman and starring Dick Miller, Barboura Morris and Antony Carbone.
Meet Walter Paisley (Miller), busboy at San Francisco’s Yellow Door Café, the hangout for a crowd of beatnik poets, artists and musicians. It also attracts a pair of undercover police officers, looking to make a drug bust. Walter is naive and talentless, but is filled with blind admiration for this group and wants desperately to belong. He particularly wants to impress Carla (Morris), an artist on whom he’s developed an unrequited crush. No one, including Carla, thinks he has any creative gift. They treat him with open disdain, but that doesn’t change Walter’s mind. One night, he goes home and works on a sculpture, only to be frustrated with his lack of success. He accidentally kills his landlady’s cat, which, after he recovers from his shock and disgust, gives him a morbidly wicked idea. The next day, he brings his newest work of art into the café – an incredibly lifelike sculpture of a cat! Leonard De Santis (Carbone), the café’s owner, proudly displays this piece of art, which earns Walter the respect and praise that he was so eager to receive. One night, after receiving a suspicious gift from an admirer, an undercover detective follows Walter home, with tragic (!) results. What’s an up-and-coming artist to do?
“A Bucket of Blood” is one of director Roger Corman’s most beloved movies, and has rightly earned its place as a classic B horror film. Not only does it satirize the often phony, pretentious world of art, but has also been hailed as Corman’s sly commentary on the film world. He made this movie in five days on an almost non-existent budget, and many critics (especially those in Europe) hailed the film as a marvel, and began to recognize Corman as a truly important filmmaker. The irony is delicious, and so are the high-camp horror hijinks. It’s not to be missed! So grab your candy corn and join LRPA after dark for this beatnik horror classic from the past.
Mark your calendars for these coming Halloween treats:
Oct. 20 and 21: 1962’s “Carnival of Souls”
Oct. 27 and 28: 1972’s “Horror Express”
LRPA TV is on MetroCast Channel 25, or live stream thorugh www.lrpa.org.