Premature Burial (1962)

35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Eastmancolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Roger Corman.

Plot Summary

Life seems to going well for Emily Gault when she marries long-time lover Guy Carrell, despite his sister Kate's disapproval. But Guy is so obsessed by the fear of being that he builds a special crypt to prevent his greatest fear from ever happening. But are his fears really justified?


* = uncredited

Director: Roger Corman
AIP, Filmways Pictures, Santa Clara Productions
Executive Producer: Gene Corman
Producers: Samuel Z. Arkoff, Roger Corman
Script: Charles Beaumont, Ray Russell
Story: Edgar Allan Poe
Director of Photography: Floyd Crosby
Editor: Ronald Sinclair
Music: Ronald Stein, Les Baxter *
Sound: John Bury Jr
Costume Designer: Marjorie Corso
Make Up: Lou LaCava
Special Effects: Pat Dinga
Art Director: Daniel Haller

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)
Clive Halliday (Judson)
Brendan Dillon (minister)

Alternative Titles

Elävänä haudattu – Finland
Enterro Prematuro – Brazil (television)
Lebendig begraben – Austria, West Germany
Levande begravd – Sweden
Levende begravet – Denmark
La obsesión – Spain
Sepolto vivo – Italy

Extracts included in
Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)
Fright Night (1985)

See also
The Crime of Dr Crespi (1935)
Horror (1964)
The Raven (1912)



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  • by Walt Lee p.380 – credits
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