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Premature Burial

Premature Burial (1962)

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Release Date: Mar 7, 1962 Wide

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Roger Corman's success with low-budget adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe tales continued with this third installment, the first to lack the commanding presence of Vincent Price. Instead, we have Ray Milland as tormented protagonist Guy Carrell, who is so traumatized by the death of his father -- whom he believes was entombed alive after suffering a cataleptic attack -- that he becomes convinced that he will meet a similar demise. Guy's mounting dementia rapidly undermines his recent marriage to the

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Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Charles Beaumont

Sep 11, 2007

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The third of the Edgar Allan Poe adaptations directed by Roger Corman and released by AIP, is... the ugly stepchild of the franchise

October 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Ray Milland emotes, by turns, dour gloominess or manic eyeball-spinning through a weak script that bears too little sense and too many similarities to its predecessors, Usher and Pendulum.

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

Like many of its immediate ilk, this one's stagy and outdated and kinda silly - in other words, good stuff.

March 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Middling Corman spook show.

February 2, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Premature Burial

This is a cool sixties horror movie, I really liked it. This guy is obsessed with finding a way that he can escape from coffins because he's afraid of being buried alive. What a great story for a horror film, right? This is a great movie.
November 23, 2010
ajv2688

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This is a API Film and its an excellent film. Ray Milland plays an excellent part as he did in many movies in the horror film era and was put in front of us during the Drive In Movie era. Ray plays Guy Carell who is obsessed with being buried alive, which makes for the best of plots from the Edgar Allen Poe Short Stories. 4 Stars on this MGM Midnite Double feature films.
August 30, 2010
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Bruce Bruce

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Campy, fun Corman classic about a man terrified of being buried alive. I remember my mom having nightmares about this one after she saw it. It is a little creepy, but in a carnival spook-house sort of way.
December 2, 2009
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Randy Tippy

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A weaker Poe movie, where Ray Milland plays a man so afraid of being buried alive, he builds a special escapable crypt for himself - too bad his loved ones want him dead. It would've been weird and comedic to see Vincent Price in the role. Those scary grave diggers were neat-o, but didn't scare me much. I got tired of that song they kept whistling. The cinematography and set pieces were ghoulish, but the contrived happenings just weren't scary or interesting. Yup, much better to watch late at night alone.
January 23, 2008
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