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I’m always a sucker for stories about production fiascos and movies that almost happened, and Roger Corman‘s The Fantastic Four is a bit of both.  Corman made the low-budget flick in 1992 because German producer Bernd Eichinger wanted to retain the rights, and although filming was completed, the picture was never officially released.  Naturally, this has led to all sorts of speculation and conspiracy theories as to why it was buried, and Marty Langford‘s documentary DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s “The Fantastic Four” promises to go behind-the-scenes and provide some answers to what really happened with this unreleased oddity.  The trailer looks promising, especially if you’ve never seen Corman’s lost superhero picture and want to know more about it.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

Here’s the brief synopsis via Facebook:

Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s “The Fantastic Four” is a feature length documentary tracking the history of the troubled 1994 Concord-New Horizon’s/Constantin Films’ “production, “The Fantastic Four”.


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  • Sean Chandler

    I remember seeing productions for this in a comic book magazine when I was like 10 years old announcing the film. I have a vivid memory of a picture of Dr. Doom. …and then it never came out.

    This stuff is absolutely fascinating to me.

  • Dedpool

    I remember seeing stuff for this And then i remember seeing the movie and being like “Thank God” this never hit the screen. Dr. Doom was the ONLY thing done right, and then they messed that up by giving him finger claws lol

  • RiddleThemThis

    Its interesting that this and “The Death of Superman Lives” are being released at somewhat similar times.

  • Tom

    Fantastic! I can not wait to see this documentry.

  • To Be Continued

    I actually like how The Thing looks. The rest looks terrible, but for the time and the budget, The Thing looks good.

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  • Chad

    I have a copy of the original film, and (along with the similar Captain America) it’s pretty awful.

    • Daniel Ronczkowski

      Wasn’t that the Captain America that came out in the 80′s or something?

  • FoxyHound

    It’s a lot more fun than the later Fantastic Four.

    • Jack le Critic

      But still awful

      • FoxyHound

        Sure, but I like fun b movies.

  • DNAsplitter

    We should be thankful that this sat on the shelf and did not further embaress the name of Marvel at the time (Captain America, Hulk and Punisher were all really crappy films – even on a “camp” level). The 90′s was a tough time for Marvel and it wasn’t until Bryan Singer came along and showed the world that you can make superhero films that are serious and fun w out being cheesy.

    • Logan3969x

      Actually Blade was what got the CBM ball rolling (it came out in 1998 Vs X-Men in 2000)

      • Doug_101

        Right you are. Blade greased the wheels, but once X-Men was a surprise hit, it opened the doors for Spider-Man to get out of legal hell and all the dominoes fell from there. Blade was definitely the first to breathe life back into the genre after Batman & Robin killed it, but they needed marquee characters like the X-Men to hit before it could take off the way it has. I remember seeing the costumes in Entertainment Weekly for X-Men and thinking, “This is going to be a disaster.” I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved the first X-Men movie and how good it was.

      • DNAsplitter

        I agree that Blade was the first successful Marvel film to come out but a lot of people did not realize that it was a “superhero” film as it was a movie about vampires. Most people thought it was an action/horror film. Most people associate the superhero take off w X-Men because it actually deals w costumes and powers.

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  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    The picture even reeks of the 90′s!


  • Jack le Critic

    I’d like to see a documentary on arguably the most troubled sci-fi movie of all time : Alien 3

    • Dicks Mahoney

      Apparently you don’t own the box set then…

      • Jack le Critic

        Nope. Is it any good?

  • Charlie Maib

    Has anyone else here actually SEEN the movie? I happened on a bootleg VHS of it sometime in the 90′s and it was… bad. Like, really bad. Mr Fantastic’s stretch ability amounted to a fake hand on a really long stick.

    …but the last scene of Sue and Reed driving away after they get married and his wave… so monumentally awful it becomes classic.

    • Doug_101

      It’s on You Tube for anyone who hasn’t seen it.

    • Saltino

      My favorite so bad it’s good 90′s marvel film is the straight to TV Generation X – with non Asian Jubilation Lee.

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