The Premature Burial

The Premature Burial

Ray Milland
Director: Roger Corman Cast: Ray Milland
Ray Milland
, Hazel Court
Hazel Court
, Richard Ney
Richard Ney
Roger Corman


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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 lovely Emily (Hazel Court), particularly after he begins the construction of a specially designed crypt rigged with numerous escape devices. Encouraged by Emily to face his fears, Guy decides to view his father's remains, to prove once and for all whether he died peacefully. When the crypt is opened, however, what he finds there is so horrifying that he succumbs to a cataleptic episode himself, which doctors misdiagnose as a fatal heart attack... and Guy's worst fear soon becomes a reality. Milland's performance conveys the requisite amount of hand-wringing torment (in the mode of The Lost Weekend), even if he fails to capture the manic intensity that Price brought to the other Poe films. Corman's deft direction, employing a rich palette of colors and superb widescreen compositions, is on a par with the series' finest installments.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/2015
UPC: 0738329161729
Original Release: 1962
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:21:00
Sales rank: 25,587

Special Features

Buried Alive! - legendary director Joe Dante on Premature Burial; On-camera inteview with producer/director Roger Corman; "Trailers From Hell" with Roger Corman; Origianl theatrial trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ray Milland Guy Carrell
Hazel Court Emily Gault
Richard Ney Miles Archer
Heather Angel Kate Carrell
Alan Napier Dr. Gideon Gault
John Dierkes Sweeney
Dick Miller Mole
Brendan Dillon Minister
Clive L. Halliday Actor

Technical Credits
Roger Corman Director,Producer
Charles Beaumont Screenwriter
Jack Bohrer Production Manager
Gene Corman Executive Producer
Marjorie D. Corso Costumes/Costume Designer
Floyd D.Crosby Cinematographer
Pat Dinga Special Effects
Daniel Haller Art Director
Louis La Cava Makeup
Harry Reif Set Decoration/Design
Ray Russell Screenwriter
Ronald Sinclair Editor
Ronald Stein Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Premature Burial
1. Chapter 1 [:11]
2. Chapter 2 [12:33]
3. Chapter 3 [7:52]
4. Chapter 4 [10:14]
5. Chapter 5 [11:35]
6. Chapter 6 [9:02]
7. Chapter 7 [11:01]
8. Chapter 8 [8:02]
9. Chapter 9 [10:47]

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