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By The Premature Burial, Roger Corman has worn out his Poe formula. As the third in his series of adaptations of the classic author's gothic tales, it can't live up to its predecessors, which have already covered the same ground with superior stories and more frightening imagery. It doesn't help that Vincent Price has been replaced by Ray Milland who can't match the former's commanding presence. The movie still keeps from being unenjoyable thanks to its deadly twist ending and foggy Victorian sets.
this is a vincent price movie without vincent price. its still ok but it would have been better with the master of horror
I don't care if this is the one Corman adaptation of Poe that jacks Vincent Price. This is gothic horror, as good as it gets. Milland brings an elegance, charm and an aristocracy to a part that calls for it. From beginning to end, we get a compelling tale of paranoia, obsession and destiny. It's exactly what you'd expect of a story based off of Poe's work.
An intense thriller from the outside, but full of suspenseful events!
A very surprising mystery-thriller from the 60s that I usually won't write reviews for the old flicks, but for this one an exception. The film was based on the book of the same name that sets in the early 19th century. Since it was a short tale the film was just a 80 minutes long. It looked like the film 'Take Shelter', but while progressing its narration totally impressed me with the uniqueness in the development area. However, I did not understand the final scene after all those twists, yet it is obvious an agenda that was achieved.
The cast was small and a single location concept where most of them takes place inside a building and its surroundings which were obviously settings. The story was very interesting with turns in every few minutes and incredible performances. This is not a popular film, but surely it deserves more attention for telling a quality tale. Or maybe a remake won't be a bad idea to make it more thrilling product with the availability of the present technical assistant. It is no masterpiece like Hitchcock films, but still worth watching, so I recommend it.
I actually really enjoyed this Corman adaptation of a Poe tale, the only one he made that did not star Vincent Price. The film has great atmosphere and an unsettling tone...with the same level of quality in the costume and sets and photography as had become established in the first two Corman-Poe films. Sure, the film would have been benefited greatly with Price in the lead role as opposed to Ray Milland...but the film works despite that shortcoming.
It isn't always easy to critique Corman films. All I'll say is I enjoyed it, either in spite of or perhaps because of the campy kitsch.
"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."
The third Edgar Allen Poe film to be produced and directed by Roger Corman after House of Usher (1960) and The Pit and the Pendulum (1961). After a disagreement with American International Pictures, Corman tried to get it funded elsewhere, but they coaxed Corman back. Good thing too, but sadly, Vincent Price was unavailable, but Corman found a good replacement, and it proves to be quite effective with a weird bit or two. Artist Guy Carrell (Ray Milland), has developed a morbid fear or being buried alive, when Emily Gault (Hazel Court) arrives wanting to rekindle her relationship with Guy, his sister Kate (Heather Angel) doesn't approve. Guy and Emily marry, but Guy's fear of being buried doesn't go away, and he even goes to the length's of building a crypt built with numerous safety-valve escape mechanisms, like a rope ladder, a secret passage, dynamite to blast him out, and if all else fails, a chalice of poison. Emily gets fed up with Guy's fear, and orders him to destroy the tomb. But, it doesn't go away, and a sequence of events happens with Guy being buried and getting rescued by graverobbers, and he goes to find out who did it. It's a good horror film, and getting Oscar winner Milland in adds an air of gravitas to the proceedings. It's darker than some of the other Poe films, but it does have the odd moment of campness throughout, like the crypt laden with gadgets, but it is quite lavish.
This movie never picks up at all, its about a guy who is afraid of being buried alive and so he tries to make a coffin that is easy to open and with a run time of 1 hr. and 20 minutes how was it even gonna get a chance to pick up.
Its a very boring movie that never ever picks up at all with one of the most worst endings ever put in cinema history.
Do not watch it unless you want to really, really get bored or have nothing to do.