A new documentary has been made focusing on The Fantastic Four, a never-released film from B-Grade maestro Roger Corman (The Little Shop of Horrors, The Terror, Frankenstein Unbound). Corman was given a small window of time to make the film, since Constantin Films didn’t have long before they lost the rights to the comic. Alas, the low-budget film never really saw the light of day.
There are various accounts as to what went wrong, with Stan Lee at one point suggesting that the film was never intended to be released. German producer Bernd Eichinger and Roger Corman deny this, with Eichinger saying, “That’s definitely not true. It was not our [original] intention to make a B movie, that’s for sure, but when the movie was there, we wanted to release it.”
Apparently, the film is now in the hands of mega-producer Avi Arad, who is said to have bought the film and kept it unreleased so that it wouldn’t ruin the franchise. He obviously didn’t see Tim Story’s 2005 film coming. Either way, it’s a fascinating story. Those that have seen the film will know that it isn’t exactly a piece of art, but there’s some B-Grade amusement to be had and the film’s troubled attempt at release has created a sort of cult appeal.
The new documentary, Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s “The Fantastic Four”, attempts to shine a light on what went down. With cast members (they were under the impression that they had hit the big-time) and crew discussing their experiences.
Of course, someone managed to get their hands on a copy of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four. We tracked down the full film on YouTube, and you can check it out right underneath the trailer for the documentary. Enjoy?
Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four: