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The Premature Burial is a 1962 American International Pictures horror film, directed by Roger Corman, (Note: Corman employed Francis Ford Coppola on Burial as an assistant director) starring Ray Milland, also with Hazel Court, Alan Napier, Heather Angel and Richard Ney, screenplay by Charles Beaumont and Ray Russell, based upon the 1844 short story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe. It was the third in the series of eight Poe-themed pictures, known informally as the "Poe Cycle", directed by Corman for American International. The New York Times praised the "handsomely tinted Gothic settings" and "compelling music”. The film won a 1962 "Golden Laurel" - "Sleeper of the Year" Award.