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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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Claustrophobic Gothic Horror Greatness from Corman (Sadly without Vincent Price) See more (36 total) »


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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) and
Ray Russell (screenplay)

Edgar Allan Poe (story)

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 
Makeup Department
Lou LaCava .... makeup artist (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 technician
Charles Hannawalt .... key grip (as Charles Hanawalt)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marjorie Corso .... costumes
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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81 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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 »
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Referenced in "QI: Gothic (#7.13)" (2010)See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Claustrophobic Gothic Horror Greatness from Corman (Sadly without Vincent Price), 28 January 2010
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe cycle ranges among the most essential moments ever in Horror cinema, some of the adaptations such as "Pit And The Pendulum" (1961), "The Masque of the Red Death" (1964) or (the actually Lovecraft-inspired) "The Haunted Palace" (1963) being among the greatest Gothic Horror films ever brought to screen. The brilliance of these films lies in the creepy Poe-themed stories, Corman's outstanding talent for eerie Gothic atmosphere, and, not least, the leading performances by Horror-deity Vincent Price.

"Premature Burial" of 1962 treats an eponymous subject that is as essentially 'Poe' as it gets - being buried alive, or more precisely, the terror of being buried alive.While I did have high expectations for this film, it had been lying on my DVD shelf for a long while before I finally saw it, the only reason for delaying the viewing being the lack of Vincent Price in this film. Ray Milland, who plays the lead here, was a fantastic actor, but simply not quite as fantastic as Vincent Price (who happens to be my all-time favorite actor). Price simply was one of the greatest actors who ever lived, and the Poe-adaptations are arguably the ultimate highlights of his career. The only flaw of this film, is therefore not really a flaw, but the greatness of Corman's other Poe-adaptations: The fact that the other films had Vincent Price, and this one doesn't. As great as Milland is - and he IS great - every fan of the other films will see that Price could have been greater in some scenes. Vincent Price had a unique quality of being likable sinister. Price played dozens of Horror villains and murderous madmen, yet one always somehow had to like them (the one notable exception being his entirely diabolical eponymous role in Michael Reeves' 1968 masterpiece "Witchfinder General"). Ray Milland is a great actor, but he doesn't share this unique talent for being macabre, creepy, even scary, and yet somehow likable at the same time. Actually, his character here is not villainous, and yet he is somewhat unlikable.

This being said, "Premature Burial" is still and wonderful Gothic Horror experience, which once again proves that Corman is a true master of creepy greatness and beautifully eerie atmosphere. Ray Milland plays Guy Carrell, a man living in paralyzing fear of being interred alive. The beautiful Emily (Hazel Court) nonetheless falls for him and becomes his wife. Once they are married, however, his obsessions become worse and worse... The setting in an eerie mansion near a foggy cemetery is perfect for a Gothic Horror film like this one, and, apart from the usual atmosphere donors such as foggy grounds, Corman includes many morbid set-pieces, such as a demented live-in mausoleum. The fact that Milland's leading character is a painter of very morbid pictures also helps the film's creepiness. The stunning Hazel Court is, as always, absolutely wonderful in the female lead.

Overall, "Premature Burial" isn't quite as essential as films like "House of Usher" (1960), "Pit and the Pendulum" (1961), "The Haunted Palace" (1963) or "The Masque of the Red Death" (1964), but it is still a fantastic Gothic Horror that no genre-lover can afford to miss. The true genius of this film manifests in that it creates a uniquely claustrophobic atmosphere - which actually makes the viewer afraid of being buried prematurely!

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