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Director:
Writers:
Charles Beaumont (screenplay) and
Ray Russell (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
7 March 1962 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Within the Coffin I Lie...ALIVE!
Plot:
An artist grows distant from his new wife as an irrational horror of premature burial consumes him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
Creepy Paranoid Tale of Obsession and Madness See more (36 total) »

Cast

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Ray Milland ... Guy Carrell

Hazel Court ... Emily Gault

Richard Ney ... Miles Archer
Heather Angel ... Kate Carrell

Alan Napier ... Dr. Gideon Gault
John Dierkes ... Sweeney

Dick Miller ... Mole
Clive Halliday ... Judson
Brendan Dillon ... Minister

Directed by
Roger Corman 
 
Writing credits
Charles Beaumont (screenplay) and
Ray Russell (screenplay)

Edgar Allan Poe (story)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... producer
Gene Corman .... executive producer
Roger Corman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ronald Stein 
 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby 
 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sinclair 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller 
 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Corso 
 
Makeup Department
Lou LaCava .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jack Bohrer .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francis Ford Coppola .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Richard M. Rubin .... props
Burt Shonberg .... paintings
 
Sound Department
John Bury Jr. .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Garnell .... lighting technician
Charles Hannawalt .... key grip
 
Music Department
Les Baxter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David Blangsted .... film assistant
Betty Crosby .... script supervisor
Jonathan Haze .... assistant to producer
 

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Also Known As:
"The Premature Burial" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
81 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Roger Corman was having a minor dispute with American International. He decided to do this "Poe" picture elsewhere. He was able to get financing from Pathe Labs (which wanted to go into distribution). When Samuel Z. Arkoff learned of this, he traveled to New York to talk with the owner of Pathe Labs. Arkoff felt that Pathe was stepping into American International's business. Pathe's was not moved until Arkoff pointed out that American International was one of Pathe Labs' largest customers and that if it was going into competition with AIP, all of AIP's lab work would be pulled. Pathe sold the production to American International before principal photography began.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When about to show his guests the cup of poison, Guy refers to this as the coup de grace, but mispronounces it as "coup de gras" (as in "foie gras" or "Mardi Gras"). It is very unlikely that a well educated English grandee such as Guy would make such a mistake.See more »
Quotes:
Guy Carrell:Can you possibly conceive it. The unendurable oppression of the lungs, the stifling fumes of the earth, the rigid embrace of the coffin, the blackness of absolute night and the silence, like an overwhelming sea.See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Creepy Paranoid Tale of Obsession and Madness, 5 October 2014
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The wealthy cataleptic painter Guy Carrell (Ray Milland) believes that he overheard his father, who also had catalepsy, crying in the crypt of his family when he was a kid and is obsessed by the fear of being buried alive. He leaves his fiancée Emily Gault (Hazel Court) and lives alone with his sister Kate Carrell (Heather Angel) in the family manor. However Emily seeks him out and convinces Guy to marry her, despite the disapproval of Kate, promising that she would never bury him without the certainty of his death by her friend, Dr. Miles Archer (Richard Ney), and her father Dr. Gideon Gault (Alan Napier).

After the wedding, Guy does not travel in honeymoon to Venice, as he had promised to Emily, and builds a crypt with safety devices to avoid that he is trapped alive inside. However Emily and Miles convince him to demolish the building. Guy has nightmares and visions with the gravediggers and weird events happen in the mansion. He decides to prove that is cured of his fear and opens his father grave, but someone has moved his skeleton and Guy is diagnosed of heart attack. However he is catatonic indeed and is buried alive as he has always feared. Will be the end of Guy? Who might have caused the shock on Guy?

"Premature Burial" is a creepy tale of paranoid obsession and madness, with good scenarios and locations and good acting. Ray Milland is a great actor but does seem to be miscast for the role of Guy Carrell that should be of an insane man instead of so dramatic. The conclusion is disappointing with the overprotective Kate disclosing the mystery after killing her insane brother. My vote is six.

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