The Premature Burial (1962)

The Premature Burial




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Movie Info

Guy Carrell (Ray Milland) is an English gentleman who suffers from catalepsy. Victims of this affliction seem to be dead but are not. Guy's biggest fear is that one day he will be buried alive. Things get better for the worried man as the love of a good woman and their impending marriage seem to alleviate his condition. She talks her future husband into doing away with a crypt from which he can escape if buried alive. Guy suffers what is thought to be a fatal heart attack and his worse nightmare … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Beaumont, Ray Russell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2007



as Guy Carrell

as Emily Gault

as Miles Archer

as Kate Carrell

as Dr. Gideon Gault

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Like many of its immediate ilk, this one's stagy and outdated and kinda silly - in other words, good stuff.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