​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

DOOMED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ROGER CORMAN’S THE FANTASTIC FOUR (2015)


What would you say if a film with famous characters produced by a well-known film producer was being made with the express desire to never be seen by the public?  Well that was the case with an ultra-low-budget version of Marvel’s Fantastic Four filmed around 1994.  The reason the film was hurriedly casted and shot was so that producer Berd Eichinger was not lose his option on the character he had purchased the rights for.  A clause in the agreement stated that filming had to start by a particular day, or the rights would revert back to Marvel.  So he went to small budget whiz Roger Corman and got him to start filming.  But when the film was finished, it was seized and all copies, workprints, etc., vanished.  Stan Lee himself said that film was never supposed to see the light of day.  Someone somewhere dubbed themselves a copy and sure enough, that bootleg has shown up at comic book conventions and on eBay even since.  Doomed interviews Corman, the cast and director (who had no idea the film they were working on was, indeed, doomed) and many others involved in the production.  It’s a fascinating idea and while Doomed is a little dry, it’s a shame for these actors who thought they had all landed their big breaks – but instead became a footnote in movie history.  If you’re a fan of all of these big comic book movies that are now everywhere, this would be worth a look.


TLA one-word review: Tragic