A Bucket of Blood script
Synopsis: Nerdy Walter Paisley (Dick Miller), a maladroit busboy at a beatnik café who doesn't fit in with the cool scene around him, attempts to woo his beautiful co-worker, Carla (Barboura Morris), by making a bust of her. When his klutziness results in the death of his landlady's cat, he panics and hides its body under a layer of plaster. But when Carla and her friends enthuse over the resulting artwork, Walter decides to create some bigger and more elaborate pieces using the same artistic process.

MAXWELL:

(condescending)

Well I'm overjoyed.

WALTER:

"Let them die, and by their miserable

death become the clay in his hands,

that he might form an ashtray or an

ark -"

Carla looks at Walter -

CARLA:

That's word for word.

MAXWELL:

Is it? I've forgotten.

MAYOLIA:

You mean you don't remember your

own poem?

MAXWELL:

I refuse to say anything twice -

repetition is death!

CHARLIE:

What do you mean?

MAXWELL:

When you repeat something, you

are reliving a moment, wasting

it, looking at a shed skin - I

only want new impression, new

sensations -

WALTER:

I thought you believed that life

is a homeless traveler riding on

the RTD of -

MAXWELL:

(interrupting)

I know that - I know that! I also

believe in burning the creative

candle, you understand, down to

the end - to be uncreative you

might as well be dead...a walking

machine, toiling in a factory!

WALTER:

I worked in one of them. Back in

Alaska.

(smiles meekly)

The people at the table look at Walter, then laugh

cynically -

In the background, Leonard glares at Walter -

CARLA:

Walter, Leonard's looking at you

again.

Walter grabs up a cup and saucer off the table, almost spilling the

contents before heading off -

CHARLIE:

That guy's a class-A cracker.

MAXWELL:

Walter's got a clear mind. Probably

something will enter it, feel lonely,

and leave again...

Everyone at the table laughs weakly -

At another table two eccentrically dressed ARTISTS, CUFF and LINK,

talk to an upscale older couple - Cuff has a series of MATTED

PHOTOGRAPHS in his hand -

OLDER MAN:

I've heard you can find some

cutting edge pieces here if you

keep an eye out -

OLDER WOMAN:

I'd like to find something for

our den, something unusual -

CUFF:

Well maybe these works might

interest you -

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Charles B. Griffith

Charles Byron Griffith (September 23, 1930 – September 28, 2007) was a Chicago-born screenwriter, actor and film director, son of Donna Dameral, radio star of Myrt and Marge. along with Charles' grandmother, Myrtle Vail, and was best known for writing Roger Corman productions such as A Bucket of Blood (1959), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), and Death Race 2000 (1975). more…

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