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Premature Burial -- Ray Milland is obsessed with the idea that he will be buried while in a state of catalepsy. He marries a woman who promises to cure him with love. His fears become real.


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Release Date:
7 March 1962 (USA) See more »
Within the Coffin I Lie...ALIVE!
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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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 (as Richard Miller)
Clive Halliday ... Judson
Brendan Dillon ... Minister

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

Edgar Allan Poe (from the story by)

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

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Premature Burial" - USA (DVD title)
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81 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Guy has several sticks of dynamite in case he needs to blast his way out the tomb. Dynamite was invented in 1868, 19 years after Edgar Allen Poe died. Since there is no definite year set for this film, it's more a curiosity than a goof.See more »
Continuity: When Kate tells Guy that it's time for his medicine, she's holding the tray in her hands. In the next shot it's gone, and it is nowhere to be seen when the three of them leave the crypt.See more »
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Vincent Price: Renaissance Man (2007) (V)See more »
Molly MaloneSee more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A very interesting movie., 12 July 2001
Author: montresor ( from Barcelona, Spain

This is the only film in Corman's Poe cycle without Vincent Price. He chose instead Ray Milland as the man haunted by fear of being buried alive. In fact Milland portrays the protagonist more "seriously" than Price would have, or more "realisticaly". This is a good film for those who like the subject. Some critics have talked about films filled with fascination with death, quoting some times "Obsession" by Brian de Palma, for example. But if there is a "necrophiliac" film ever, this is "Premature Burial". Loosely based in Edgar Allan Poe's unfilmable tale, it has a magnificent plot and many hints and blinks. It is a disturbing film, too. Its atmosphere is perfectly gloomy. Milland seems genuinely tormented by his fears, and he delivers some modified Poe lines with intensity. I think that this picture is in the better half of the Poe cycle, and has a particular quality of its own.

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