‘Fantastic Four’ Mashup Perfectly Blends the Reboot With Roger Corman’s Forgotten 1994 Film
You may believe that 2005's Fantastic Four was the first time the quartet of superheroes appeared in a movie — you would be wrong. Back in 1994, cult director Roger Corman delivered his own adaptation based on Marvel’s first family, but Corman’s The Fantastic Four never made it to the big screen. It was never released on home video, either. A new mashup trailer combines footage from Corman’s lost film with the voiceover from the trailer for the new reboot, making a case for why the former should see the light of day.
The mashup comes courtesy of Vulture, which gave it the appropriate VHS-style treatment. You won’t find Corman’s film on VHS, or even DVD — the only way to watch it now is via bootleg. Corman’s The Fantastic Four endured an incredibly troubled and, uh, doomed production. Constantin Films was on the verge of losing rights to the Marvel property, so they had Corman rush into production on this adaptation, giving him a $1 million budget (which is absolutely nothing for a superhero film, even adjusted for inflation).
Corman shot the film in 25 days, and then it just sort of… went away. It’s strange, considering how many cheesy superhero films did make it to theaters back in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. But there is a documentary in the works called Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four, following the recent trend of docs exploring disastrous productions, like Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau. That film is now on Netflix and very much worth a watch, especially for the stories of Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer.
Fox’s new Fantastic Four reboot hits theaters on August 7.