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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 »
Genre:
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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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
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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Premature Burial" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
81 min
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Color:
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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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Midnight in the garden of good and evil, 12 October 2005
Author: ian-433 from Edinburgh, Scotland

Intensely gloomy it may be, but an impressive example how a determined cinematic stylist can make a real virtue of a low budget. This was the third of director Roger Corman's AIP chillers based on Poe stories, and the only one not to star Vincent Price. Here, Ray Milland is the protagonist whose family history of catalepsy makes him fear burial alive.

Entirely shot on the sound stage, Corman and his regular art director Danial Haller have created a wonderfully expressionist garden of gnarled trees and shrubs wreathed with dry ice. Even the interior of Milland's mansion seems like a grave, notably in the scene where Hazel Court and Richard Bull take tea in a drawing room with wood-panelled walls, dark green wallpaper, with the dead tree pressing oppressively against the windows.

A number of other directorial touches make even this relatively minor Corman effort a winner. Court's shadow passing phantom-like over the sleeping Milland. The sudden shock moments when the sinister gravediggers Sweeny and Moe appear. And the blue-suffused dream-sequence in which Milland hallucinates the fate he fears most is quite masterfully shot, cut and scored (Ronald Stein).

A dark, dank little gem.

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