The Fantastic Four is an unreleased low-budget feature film completed in 1994. Created to secure copyright to the property, the producers never intended it for release although the director, actors, and other participants were not informed of this fact. It was produced by low-budget specialist Roger Corman and Bernd Eichinger (who also produced another Fantastic Four movie in 2005).
Aborted Roger Corman film hits a nice balance of camp and action, even though it’s obviously shot on the cheap, with embarrassingly dated effects. The acting is pretty dismal and the schmaltz is laid on thick, however it’s still got a few fun moments. So much of the film is concerned with the origin stories of the heroes that the actual action fells kind of squashed in the last half. But overall the portrayals miss out on the mythic aspects of the characters, and as a result, the film is too silly to matter much.
Unintentional comedy genius. More entertaining than either of the recent FF movies.
Takes your breath away. But not that way.
This production - with all those cheesy effects, bad costumes and laughable dialogues - is more interesting, when you read some articles about how it got made and what happened in the years after.
As it was produced by Roger Corman, there are still some funny campy moments.
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This is a difficult movie to review, it was so low budget and the production was incredibly rushed. But given that, it sticks to the story very well and the performances are not all terrible.
Unlike the more recent comic-book adaptation, this has the proper origin of the Four going up into space, in a shuttle designed by Reed, an incident occurs. As well as Reed and Doom being in college together, and Reed tells Doom that his experiement won't work and it causes Doom severe facial scarring.
Reed and Susan Storm's power effects look a little, well shit, as do The Human Torch. The Thing though actually looks really good, exactly like he does in the comic.
This entire film is on Youtube, its in parts, so anybody with some free time may as well check it out.
Complete mess of a film. Not entirely sure what all was going on. Standard origin story but has no real depth to it but who can blame it when it had only two million dollars for a budget to work with. The effects were cheap Doctor Doom was silly looking though the Thing surprisingly wasn't awful.
I wish I still had a copy of this. One of the best worst films.
It's sad this is still (marginally) better than the two more recent adaptations...
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Granted, The 2005-version had the effects, but I'm tempted to say this has a better story.
But the acting and the directing... Oh my GOD the acting and directing....! Jeez, this was B-A-D!!
aka Fantastic Bore
Amazingly bad first comic book adaptation of marvels fantastic four, but before I say anything apparently rumor has it that the movie was never meant to be seen but was made purely because the studio holding the movie rights had to shoot a picture before a certain date or they'd never be able to film it.
Plots not unlike the newer version in that it shows the origin of the group of four astronauts, as they're hit by cosmic rays that give them super powers. Which later they'll need to use against Dr Doom who threatens world domination.
Alex Hyde-White has Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic) comes out as best of a bad bunch, though the fx used…