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The Premature Burial [DVD] [1962]

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Overview

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

Synopsis

The Premature Burial
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. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ray Milland
    Ray Milland - Guy Carrell
  • Hazel Court
    Hazel Court - Emily Gault
  • Richard Ney
    Richard Ney - Miles Archer
  • Heather Angel
    Heather Angel - Kate Carrell
  • Alan Napier
    Alan Napier - Dr. Gideon Gault
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