A Bucket of Blood: Coffee bar waiter Walter Paisley (Dick Miller) is hailed as an artist for his amazingly lifelike sculptures. Unbeknownst to his customers his art is achieved by murdering his models and covering them in clay. Said by many to be a cult actor Dick Miller's finest hour A Bucket of Blood is a superb semi-spoof of the dead-bodies-in-the-wax-museum genre. The House On Haunted Hill: Vincent Price has one of his juiciest roles in this haunted-house thrille
Three Classic Horrors of the Silver Screen Volume. 2
This trio of black and white horrors is worth the price alone for the original House on Haunted Hill but also for your money you will get A Bucket of Blood and The Ghoul. Taking into account that this disc is around a fiver (£5) and the limitation of disc space you really should not expect any extras not even chapter selection.
Director Roger Cormans", A Bucket of Blood (1960) is the weakest of the three being more cult than classic. Roger Miller takes the lead as dim-witted bus boy in a café patronised by artist whom he dreams to be one amongst. After an accident in which unintentionally kills his neighbours cat and proceeds to cover it in clay he is pronounced an artist of genius. This inevitable leads to him killing humans with the same intention. A predictable final ensues
House on Haunted (1958) is the strongest of the collection. Vincent Price is terrific form as the mysterious millionaire host of a party to whom he has invited a group of people who are strangers to each other. There are certainly some good tense and shocking moment for those who like to be spooked. A horror film with satisfactory conclusion.
The Ghoul (1933) is a horror from a different period and reasonably it should be viewed with that in mind. Boris Karloff is an Egyptologist whom tries to evade his impending death with the aid of a precious Egyptian artefact which he has purchased illegally. When he is pronounced dead two of his relatives and their friend, his man servant, his lawyer and an uninvited Egyptian guest arrive at his home. Amongst the infighting of these arrivals the Ghoul returns from his tomb to reek havoc in search of the artefact which has been taken from him. Not very shocking today it is still quite entertaining especially if you are a fan films such as Van Hellsing.
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Three classic horror films. In Roger Corman's low-budget classic 'A Bucket of Blood' (1959) Dick Miller stars as a coffee-bar waiter who receives acclaim as an artist for his amazing true-to-life sculptures. Little do his admirers know that he only achieves his realistic effects by murdering his models and covering them in clay. In 'House on Haunted Hill' (1959) Vincent Price makes an offer of $10,000 to anyone who will spend the night in his haunted mansion, whilst 'Ghoul' (1934) features horror stalwart Boris Karloff as a mortally ill obsessed Egyptologist who demands to be buried with a sacred artefact bound to his hand, and swears vengeance from beyond the grave should anyone try to remove it.