The Premature Burial

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In this chiller, based on the classic Edgar Allen Poe tale, a medical student is afraid of being buried alive. The fear is due to his belief that his cataleptic father was buried alive. To keep it from happening to him, the man constructs a tomb with many escape hatches.

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Critic Reviews for The Premature Burial

All Critics (9)

  • Corman creates his world completely in the studio, including the grounds outside the manor, a veritable haunted forest of dead trees, ever-present mist hugging the boggy ground, and a pair of creepy gravediggers...

    Dec 16, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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

    Jun 20, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 14, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The third of the Edgar Allan Poe adaptations directed by Roger Corman and released by AIP, is... the ugly stepchild of the franchise

    Oct 17, 2011 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 5, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Like many of its immediate ilk, this one's stagy and outdated and kinda silly - in other words, good stuff.

    Mar 6, 2003 | Rating: 67/100

Audience Reviews for The Premature Burial

  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • Aug 30, 2010
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2009
    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 T Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2008
    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.
    Lafe F Super Reviewer

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