Roger Corman’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Movie Climax

Rick Marshall

Rick Marshall was Online Managing Editor for ComicMix before joining MTV's SplashPage. Previously, he was Online Content Manager for Wizard Entertainment. He has written for several daily newspapers, alternative weekly newspapers, trade magazines and online media, and was named "Writer of the Year" by the New York Press Association in 2005.

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5 Responses

  1. Chris Ullrich says:

    I saw the whole thing once back in the day. Might have been a rough cut. Cheezy as hell but it was good fun at the time.

  2. Mike Gold says:

    Yeah, I saw it as well. It really wasn't bad — I mean, it had an eight dollar budget, but at least every penny of it was on the screen. I've seen worse superhero movies and teevee shows. The Justice League pilot with Major Winchester playing the Martian Manhunter was AMAZINGLY rotten. I'd seen worse Marvel superhero movies… such as, anything with Captain America in it. Dating back to the serial of the 1940s, one of the worst serials ever made.And I thought the two Marvel FF movies were okay; probably about as good as one could expect and still be at all faithful to the concept and the underlying themes. Except we didn't need Doctor Doom in the second one… and we could have used Galactus.

  3. Rick Taylor says:

    Wow, and people thought the two recent FF films were bad!This sets the benchmark.

  4. Howard Johnson says:

    I've gotta go along with Mike–it was bad, but there are plenty worse. I remember interviewing the guy who played Reed Richards around the time the film was supposed to be released (late 1993, as I recall, before Marvel jumped all over it)–a very nice guy who was trying to build his career on this. Didn't work. But somehow, I suspect Roger Corman made more money from it than if it had been a somewhat better film and actually been released theatrically>..

  5. Felix Lu says:

    I was a film student at UCLA when this flick was shot. I had my student film developed at the same lab (Fotokem) as this movie. I had become friends with the projectionist who screened dailies and prints. I got to go into the booth and see what was being shown in the other screening rooms. One was showing FANTASTIC FOUR. So I got to see it on the big screen. I do feel bad for the creative people involved, they tried their hardest under the circumstances to make it work, but in the end, it was better that it never saw the light of day.