This beatnik horror comedy was done before the better-known, though similar LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, by Roger Corman, guru of the 1950s horror buffs. Walter (Dick Miller), an inept busboy, works in an espresso house where neighborhood beatniks hang out, showing and talking about their
sophomoric works of art. He longs to be one of the in-crowd and, after accidentally killing a cat he's trying to rescue, covers up the deed by molding clay around the cat's carcass. Intoxicated with success when his efforts are hailed by the beatniks as an original work of art, the formerly
scorned lackey soon embarks upon his predictable career. Miller, who manages to sustain a sense of poignancy while committing his atrocities, gives an excellent performance in this funny film with a good comical jazz score by Fred Katz.
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