Fantastic Four (1994)
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as The Thing
as The Jeweler
as Dr. Doom/Victor von Doom
as The Professor
as Human Torch/Jonathan 'Johnny' Storm
as Benjamin J. 'Ben' Grimm
as Invisible Girl/Susan 'Sue' Storm
as Mr. Fantastic/Prof. Reed Richards
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Critic Reviews for Fantastic Four
For all of its flaws, those forced by its outrageous poverty and those which were simple the result of sloppy B-filmmaking, it's still the best Fantastic Four feature in existence.
A painfully silly movie, one with more heroic intentions than actual assets.
With the exception of Chiklis as Ben, the actors and their characters just don't seem charismatic enough.
More interesting as a cinema footnote than as actual cinema; it sets modest entertainment goals for itself and flunks those.
Audience Reviews for Fantastic Four
While changing Stan Lee's original story somewhat (and not finding the heart and soul of it either) still this is better than what followed. I'd never heard of it before or even that it was out there, yet the idea of the comic is still inherent and nearly carries the piece through it's cumbersome bad qualities.
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.
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.
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