Deadly Movies Connections

Who Is Walter Paisley?

Deadly Movies icon Dick Miller is a legend of b-movies and horror movies alike, making numerous appearances in any and every capacity from lead to sidekick, from support to cameo. Like many actors Miller’s career took off when he was spotted by b-movie supremo Roger Corman. In 1959 Corman would cast Miller in one of his mst memorable roles, that of Walter Paisley in ‘A Bucket of Blood‘. Miller’s darkly comic turn as Paisley saw him encasing his victims in plaster and passing them off as great lifelike works of art. In one of those wonderful movie eccentricities Miller would reprise Walter Paisley in five other movies between 1976 and 1994, each time in an entirely different scenario, from bookshop owner to diner owner and from janitor to cop. 1976’s ‘Hollywood Boulevard‘ would begin the trend of the reappearing Walter Paisley, a trend that really kicked in in the 80s with appearances in ‘The Howling‘ (1981), ‘Twilight Zone The Movie‘ (1983) and ‘Chopping Mall‘ (1986). Eight years later Miller would reprise Paisley for the last time (to date) in the TV movie ‘Shake, Rattle, and Rock!‘. A great bit of movie trivia that you only get in our beloved genre movies.

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  1. Deggsy says:

    I bet if you check old Renaissance paintings, he’d be seen in them. Maybe he’s a Time Lord? Actually, Dick Miller would have made a decent blue-collar Doctor Who, and companions would have always been tripping over his tool box and empty beer cans left around the TARDIS…

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