Low-budget movie god Roger Corman has produced his share of (mostly) original works, but he’s known for making fun, geeky adaptations of bigger budget movies and famous stories. The B-movie genius tapped into the superhero and comic book craze of the 1990s with his spin on The Fantastic Four, based on the Marvel Comics creation. It was never officially released, but if you’ve been (un)lucky enough to track it down, then you know it’s a doozy.
Now, there’s a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the movie: Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four. The troubles began when German producer Bernd Eichinger encountered deadline and budget problems from the get-go after securing an option. He turned to Roger Corman for help, music video director Oley Sassone was hired, a cast of relative unknowns were brought in, and then the drama unfolded. There was speculation that Eichinger never intended for the film to be released and only wanted to obtain rights to the characters. Things escalated from there, and Doomed! fills us in on all the dirt.
A 2002 Film Threat review of the movie encapsulates some of the adaptation’s quirkiness and slight allure: “Yes it’s terribly low budget and yes it’s derisorily campy and feebly performed, but at the same time there’s also something inquiringly irresistible about this B comic tale that makes you wonder why it didn’t get a release somewhere along the line. Even if it does resemble Toxic Avenger than say, Spider-Man.” Here’s the trailer for Doomed!, which we spotted on Slash Film.
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