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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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PREMATURE BURIAL (Roger Corman, 1962) **1/2 See more (37 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 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 »
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Last film of 'Heather Angel'.See more »
Continuity: In the cemetery Emily picks up a bunch of blue flowers twice.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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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
PREMATURE BURIAL (Roger Corman, 1962) **1/2, 14 June 2004
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

I think this is a very underrated little horror film even among Roger Corman's own directorial output. This stems, perhaps, from the fact that Ray Milland steps in for Vincent Price here, making it the odd one out among the series of Corman's Poe adaptations.

Ray Milland must have seemed a rather offbeat choice at the time given his reputation of being one of Hollywood's most charming and debonair leading man. In hindsight, however, he gives the role of the paranoid and cataleptic Guy Correll a wounded vulnerability which Vincent Price would have had trouble in bringing out (without resorting to camp). This is evident when one compares two similar roles played by Price in PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961), in which he overdid the fainting bit, and his later, admirably subdued performance in THE TOMB OF LIGEIA (1964). To his credit, Milland - who was at his best in such light but sophisticated comedies as EASY LIVING (1939), ARISE, MY LOVE (1940), THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR (1942) and KITTY (1945) - did not consider such roles as being beneath him and consequently gave them his all. As a matter of fact, he considered his subsequent role for Corman, that of Dr. James Xavier in X – THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES (1963), to be his second best after his Oscar-winning turn for Billy Wilder in THE LOST WEEKEND (1945)! I sure would like to get a chance to see Ray Milland in his three other notable 'horror' films: THE UNINVITED (1944), ALIAS NICK BEAL (1949) and (directing himself) PANIC IN YEAR ZERO (1962).

As for the film itself, I admit that having just watched PIT AND THE PENDULUM, PREMATURE BURIAL and (fairly recently) HOUSE OF USHER (1960) in quick succession, the repetition in the story-lines (catalepsy and premature entombment), not to mention in the art direction (recycled sets), does tend to get rather tiresome. Nevertheless, PREMATURE BURIAL, while perhaps not among Corman's best work, is engaging enough to repay repeated viewings (this has been my third time round).

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