Movie maven Roger Corman has released hundreds of movies in his time, but only one never saw the light of day. His B-movie studio produced the world’s first full0length Fantastic Four superhero movie. Under some unusual circumstances, too, and that’s even by the standards of the man who brought us Little Shop of Horrors and Death Race 2000. Now we finally get to hear the untold story of the long lost Fantastic Four movie that has since become a cult classic.
A trailer has been released for a new documentary called Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four that aims to finally tell the story of Corman’s attempt to bring Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, The Thing and The Human Torch to the big screen for the first time. Keep in mind that this was during that strange time when superhero movies were a rarity, and the only other big buzz was the idea of Jim Cameron directing a Spider-Man movie.
The documentary will feature interviews with the original cast and crew–including Corman, who no doubt will have some interesting things to say about the only movie that ever got away from him. The film remains a sight to behold for a long, lost B-movie. Basically, Corman’s studio bought the film rights to the comic book in the early 90’s at a time when Marvel Comics was pretty strapped for cash. Unfortunately, he waited too long to do anything with it and had to crank out a movie or lose a ton of money in the process. The film was never released.
If you haven’t seen it, you can watch the whole thing on YouTube–since it’s become the place where every video ever made eventually ends up. Yes, that includes that tragic home movie of your sixth birthday when the kitchen table caught on fire while you tried to blow out the candles. Sorry. But some people say that still turned out better than Roger Corman’s take on The Fantastic Four.