Walter (Dick Miller, aka that guy from Gremlins and Demon Knight) is a waiter at a beatnik restaurant who wants to be in on the scene but is a total dork. One day, he accidentally kills a cat with plaster and becomes a popular artist from the results. Eventually, he resorts to homicidal measures to keep his newfound fame.
The set for this movie was reused for Corman's next collaboration with Charles Griffith, The Little Shop of Horrors.
This film contains examples of;
- Big Bad: Walter Paisley, a waiter who makes sculptures out of corpses.
- Driven to Suicide: Walter, unable to bear the guilt of what he's done, hangs himself with a clay noose. Maxwell proclaims it his greatest work, and remarks that Walter would have named it "Hanging Man."
- Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death
- Human Resources: Sculptures made of corpses.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Walter is a dark example who'll resort to murder to stay in with the beatniks.
- Mad Artist: Walter makes sculptures out of corpses.
- The Sociopath: Walter Paisley, a nerd who is so desperate for recognition that he's willing to kill people and make art from their corpses.
- Villain Protagonist: We follow Walter, a guy so desperate to make beatnik friends that he kills people and animals to make sculptures from their bodies.
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