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The Premature Burial (1962)

The Premature Burial




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This chiller is filmmaker Roger Corman's take on the classic Edgar Allen Poe tale of a medical student whose obsessive fear of being buried alive drives him mad. The fear is due to his belief that his cataleptic father was buried alive. To keep it from happening to him, the young man constructs an elaborate tomb with many clever escape hatches. His friend thinks the aspiring doc has gone nuts and finally persuades him to destroy the hideous contraption and be at peace. The best friend and his fiancee then encourage him to face his fear directly by entering his father's crypt to see that his father was indeed dead when he was interred. That is a big mistake and the student is so horrified by what he finds, that he drops dead. But is he really gone?more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Beaumont, Ray Russell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2007
American International Pictures

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Ray Milland
as Guy Carrell
Hazel Court
as Emily Gault
Richard Ney
as Miles Archer
Heather Angel
as Kate Carrell
Alan Napier
as Dr. Gideon Gault
John Dierkes
as Sweeney
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Critic Reviews for The Premature Burial

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Like most of Corman's Poe films, the script (this one by Charles Beaumont and Ray Russell) borrows little more than the central idea and the title from Poe. This one owes a debt to Gaslight and Diabolique

Full Review… | June 20, 2015
Parallax View

The picture is hurt by the central casting as well as too much narrative recycling required for this to reach feature length, but a nice plot twist allows the movie to end in somewhat satisfactory style.

Full Review… | May 14, 2015
Creative Loafing

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

Full Review… | October 17, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 5, 2006

Like many of its immediate ilk, this one's stagy and outdated and kinda silly - in other words, good stuff.

Full Review… | March 6, 2003
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The 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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


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.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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