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The Fantastic Four
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).
Jesus Christ, this is bad. This is the sort of horribly soporific film that sucks nine hours of sleep out of you, and makes you feel like you're sitting an exam.
As much as one can complain the horrific special effects, for a feature length picture like this with all the set pieces, it's really a wonder how they did it with only a million! But then again, it still looks like shit. The Thing looks like a crusty turd.
I've never read the comics so I don't know how butchery this butcherfest gets, but my friend told me it was horribly inaccurate and basically massacred the story. Well. To be expected. Only recommended for the insane!
aka The Fantastic Four
The unreleased but infamous low-budget superhero film co-produced by Bernd Eichinger and B-Movie maestro Roger Corman. The story I'd always heard was that this was made on the cheap purely to retain the rights but it may be the case that Avi Arad of Marvel essentially paid the makers to not release it in order to not damage the franchise. Either way, Eichinger later produced the 2005 version and it's sequel in 2007...
Although I've read comics etc in which these characters feature I don't think I've read any of their solo adventures so it is through the two modern films I am most familiar with them, and found myself making comparisons. Obviously the difference between…
Unbeknownst to the cast and crew, Roger Corman's production company made this film without the intention of ever releasing it, all in an effort to retain movie rights to the Fantastic Four. Marvel's Avi Arad, upon learning of its existence, bought the film for two million in cash and ordered every copy destroyed without even watching it. Clearly not every copy, though, 'cuz the thing is on YouTube. And it is glorious. It is as woefully cheesy as you would expect an ultra-low-budget FF movie made in the early '90s to be, with goofy special effects, an amazing CGI sequence with sub-PlayStation-1 graphics, mountains of ham from Joseph Culp as Doctor Doom, a Thing costume that makes Michael Chiklis' look good, and music that--no lie--rips shamelessly from the Jurassic Park score. Has to be seen to be believed. Also, maybe it's just because alcohol was involved during my viewing, but I may legitimately prefer this to the big-budget 2005 disaster.
Well, our mom thinks we're pretty fantastic!
Is this a bad film? Of course, but it's an enjoyably, low-budget slice of superhero cinema history. The laughs - intentional or not - are few and far between, though I feels like it was made with honest intentions and might be, as a whole, as good as the 2005 version. There is a subplot involving an underground/hobo/outcast ring and their leprechaun-looking king kidnapping a blind sculptor as his queen. Naturally, it makes no sense.
The special effects are bad to "Meh! Not bad!". My favorite scene is The Human Torch racing a laser beam and then fighting it. Mr. Fantastic waving his big stretchy arm from the open roof of the limo as it drives away at the end is pretty funny. Any time he stretches is pretty funny.
They stick close to the comic versions of the characters details (Reed Richards grey temples, their blue costumes). The Thing and Dr. Doom costumes are definitely "Meh! Not bad!".
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.
This movie is the perfect movie for me since it is like 2001, Star Wars, and has forced romance like some Lifetime movies I love although Johnny Storm is as dumb as Johnny Cage in the Mortal Kombat movie. I don't care if the Thing looks like a dick, this movie is fantastic!
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It is poorly made on every level, but there is a strange charm to it. I did had a good amount of fun throughout the entire film. It may have to due with how "The Fantastic Four" looks due to it's low budget of one million. If you looking for campy fun, i suggest giving it a watch on youtube with the link provided below.
Those actors were working with what they were given...
Well, our mom thinks we're pretty fantastic!
I like to imagine a world where this and the 1990 "Captain America" are the cornerstones of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There were only two things interesting about this viewing experience. The first is that it felt like a feature length nineties hair commercial and second the version I had was poorly digitized so it kept dropping out the audio and visuals. The latter curiosity is, however, not to be a point of enjoyability but purely serendipity. Suffice it to say, this movie is indeed as bad as you have been told.
I've been curious about this film for 20 years and after finally watching it I would have been comfortable waiting 20 more. Ridiculously bad in almost every department, this FF just screams cheap and not in a tongue-in-cheek way. At least they didn't half ass The Thing, the make-up and prosthetics on him are actually quite...fantastic (sorry) and put the 2005 iteration to shame in a way. It's too bad they didn't apply the same level of care to the rest of the production. Aside from the casting of Reed Richards the rest of the cast stumbles around spouting horrific dialogue (DOOM: Alive?!?! What do you mean 'alive'?!") and setting comic books back by decades. It's amusing to think at…
Well, I can see why it was never released.
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