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The Premature Burial

Released 1962
Distributor AIP

Roger Corman explains why Ray Milland is filling Vincent Price’s shoes in his third Edgar Allan Poe adaptation.  As the tortured 19th century nobleman terrified that his catalepsy will lead to being buried alive, the morose Milland combines with the grim storyline to position this as Corman’s most morbid Poe film, unleavened by any glimmer of humor (which Price might have suggested with a slightly raised eyebrow). With its stately photography by Floyd Crosby and a wickedly seductive turn from ravishing Hazel Court,  Premature Burial is nevertheless bleakly compelling… though you may want to revisit Price, Lorre and Karloff in The Raven as a quick pick-me-up after it’s over. 

About Roger Corman

Movie Legend Roger Corman has been producing and directing pictures since 1954. He has directed over 50 movies and produced over 300, as well as giving starts to half the filmmakers, actors and technicians in Hollywood. His credits include a hefty portion of the titles we feature here on Trailers from Hell. In November 2009 he received an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Academy Award. And if you didn’t already know this stuff, you must have stumbled on this site by accident.