Failed beatnik Dick Miller discovers the secret of artistic success when a cat falls into his plaster supply. The resulting masterpiece, titled Dead Cat, becomes the hit of the coffeehouses, and Miller wastes no time looking for more ambitious subjects. This tiny horror comedy was assembled by Roger Corman in the space of a few days in 1959. Its notions of satire aren’t particularly sophisticated, but the film has a punk exuberance, a brashness, that makes it irresistible. With Barboura Morris and Ed Nelson. 66 min.