The Premature Burial
The Premature Burial (1962)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 7, 1962
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

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

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Mark Bourne

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Like many of its immediate ilk, this one's stagy and outdated and kinda silly - in other words, good stuff.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Middling Corman spook show.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
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… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
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… More
Bruce Bruce
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… More
Randy Tippy
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… More