Premature Burial (1962)

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Guy Carrell believes that his father was buried alive while in a cataleptic fit, thinking that this could be hereditary he tries to put off his approaching wedding. His fiancee Emily persuades him otherwise. After the marriage strange events occur sending Guy out of his mind. Guy's sister Kate believes that he should see his fathers body to reassure him that the death was natural. The tomb is opened and the skeleton lurches out, sending Guy into a cataleptic trance. Thought to be dead he is buried, however he is subsequently dug up by a doctor who wishes to carry out scientific tests on the body. As the coffin is opened the `corpse' has a fit and kills two gravediggers, the doctor and finally Emily, who is revealed as the person behind the uncanny happenings in order to profit from Guy's wealth on his death.

Note. This film is the third in cycle of three Edgar Allen Poe films directed by Roger Corman, the others being THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM and HOUSE OF USHER.

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