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The Fantastic Four

The Fantastic Four (1994)


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Unreleased to the general public and infamous for its poor quality within geek circles, this Roger Corman adaptation of the Marvel Comics supergroup is an interesting cult item that ranks up there with the dismal Captain America feature and the cheap Hulk TV movies. The story of the film goes back to the late '80s when Marvel Comics were licensing out their characters for mild profit in a time when the comic industry was failing. Enter a German company called Neue Constantin and producer Bernd


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It's definitely one of my favorite bad films...

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A painfully silly movie, one with more heroic intentions than actual assets.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

With the exception of Chiklis as Ben, the actors and their characters just don't seem charismatic enough.

April 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

More interesting as a cinema footnote than as actual cinema; it sets modest entertainment goals for itself and flunks those.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source:

The Fantastic Four is a must see for any lover of bad movies. It's that awful.

July 11, 2005 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Roger Corman's unreleased cheapo version is not a lost classic nor a so-bad-it's-good yukfest. It is just a mundane B-Movie.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for The Fantastic Four

This unreleased 1994 version of the Fantastic Four may be known as one of the worst superhero films of all time to some, but to me, without it's horribly low budget bringing it's values down, this film actually has a very competent story that feels better in a way than some of today's superhero films. Mind you, that does not make it good. As these four people are exposed to gamma radiation in space, it gives them super-human abilities and leads to the war between the Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom. The effects are some of the worst you will ever see, but they try with what they have, so that is commendable. The cast is laughably bad at times, but that is also due to it's very poorly written screenplay. I will say that out of all the bad Marvel films I have seen, this is one of those so bad it's good films that I can watch over and over again. So in the end, it's not a terrible movie, but it needs work, and that aspect is very enjoyable.
May 28, 2014
KJ Proulx

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Apart from the advance of special effects, the new films and the 1994 film are equal. Equally bad. To be fair to the 1994 version though, they weren't really trying. It was a legal thing, they had to make the film to retain the rights, so it goes. Roger Gorman is a genius though, he makes not a lot of money go a very long way. The Thing is quite good and Mr. Fantastic's stretching scenes are worth watching the film for alone. The last scene where he waves goodbye to his wedding guests had me in stitches. It's awful but charming, which is more than can be said for the new ones. Maybe I've been a bit harsh on the 2005 version on retrospect but overall, the Four deserve better.
July 19, 2013

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A marvelous curiosity of a film. Never intended for release, this was made to stop the rights from expiring. It's cheap, it's shoddy but it IS entertaining. The effects are amazingly bad, though should be commended given the circumstances. When the Human Torch is some bizarre animated, possibly computerish orange thingy, you can see that the filmmakers did the best with what they had. The "stretching" sequences are so painful, though always bring a smile. The Thing actually looks pretty good, shame he can't move about much. One thing the film does have going for it it a decent Dr Doom. Unlike the bastardised version in the 00's versions. Had we had this Dr Doom in those they would almost be perfect. It was an easy watch and never boring. This truly is a Roger Corman production and actually makes you wonder about if Corman took on other super-hero tales. This is a wonderful antidote to the crowded market place of today and a reminder that once Super-Hero movies were virtually impossible. It's not the multimillion dollar box office, it's the taking part.
February 28, 2009

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This is a really bad movie. I like it a little just because I am a big fan of the characters but the movie was just poorly made. All of the effects were sub par and the acting was really bad. Johnny Storm was so annoying you want to skip all the scenes that he is in. It's also a little creepy as the beginning of the movie opens showing you that Reed and Ben are college students living at the Storm boarding house. Sue and Johnny are little kids. Sue is in love with this college kid and when they meet up in later years she might be 19 or 20 and Reed with the gray hair is all lovey dovey over her. And the story is just poor with a part put in that reveals that the Thing could change back into a man if he really wanted to.
November 22, 2007

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