Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Bucket of Blood (1995)

Director: Michael McDonald

Writers: Brendan Broderick, Charles B. Griffith, Michael McDonald

Composers: David Wurst, Eric Wurst

Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Justine Bateman, Shadoe Stevens, Sam Lloyd, Jesse D. Goins, David Cross, Paul Bartel, Mink Stole, Will Ferrell

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Creations born of murder...

Plot: Walter Paisley, a busboy at a cappuccino bar called the Jabberjaw, is praised as a genius after he kills his landlady's cat and covers it in plaster. Pressured to produce more work, he goes after bigger subjects.

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Oh, this is dreadful and that's got a lot to do with how much fun the original A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959) is.  It's night and day.  Really.  The pacing is very 'low-budget' slow.  It's also visually unnecessarily dark.  This remake follows the same beats (hahahahaha, see what I did there?) as the original but it misses the boat on the execution of the humor.  I'd give it a lower score but there are some positives.  Shadoe Stevens plays the beatnik poet and he delivers his lines with gusto.  He's not as fun as his counterpart in the '59 film.  Something the original couldn't deliver that this one does is bewbs.  There's some great nudity but not much of it.  The bland score in this one is a contributing factor to dragging the film.  It's just no fun.  Even fans of the original who are curious are going to be let down.  You can watch the whole film on YouTube (above) if you really must watch it. 

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