Doomed! The Untold Story Of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four Sneak Preview

Doomed Fantastic Four

What is it about Fantastic Four movies that always seem to generate controversy? There was the whole thing with Galactus being a cloud in the Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and the complaints about the changes made from the source material for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot are too long to list.

Before either the 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four movies or the upcoming reboot set to be released in 2015, there was another movie version of the Fantastic Four that most in the general public don’t even know about. Back in 1994, Roger Corman filmed a Fantastic Four movie on a very small budget, but the film was never officially released. However, bootleg copies did eventually make their way out on home video.

A new feature length documentary called Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four tracks the history of the troubled 1994 Concord-New Horizon's/Constantin Films' production. The filmmakers have released a new sneak preview for the documentary, which we've embedded below.

The documentary is being directed by east coast Film Studies professor and independent filmmaker, Marty Langford and executive produced by LA-based casting director, Mark Sikes.  

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    • Stevie
    • 221 Posts in 31 Months

    It is a spectacularly awful film. It looks like an after school special from 1985. 

     The story surrounding the movie is far more interesting than the actual movie. Even if it had succeeded it was basically the same Marvel shlock peddled in that era. Fantastic Four, Captain America, The Punisher. I will say that Dolph Lundgren Punisher is by far the best even if it is pretty thin on the fan service.

     Its crazy to think that Blade was the first decent movie based off a Marvel character just 4 years later. For a little perspective Superman was released two decades previous. 20 years. 

    • jpbaker
    • 2 Posts in 28 Months

    Always makes me laugh to see the promo for that film. I went to school with Jay Underwood, who played Johnny Storm in that film. 

    Low budget and quirky is just what to expect from Roger Corman. I know it seems strange to think this but low budget stuff sometimes pushed studios in certain directions just because it showed what audiences were interested in. 

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