TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - November 7, 2018
Marvel's first family, The Fantastic Four, has made it through three different live action incarnations, none of which were any good. The most recent gritty reboot was an unholy mess and the mid-aughts version was family friendly nonsense. There was a decent enough version made in the mid-90s, though it's unlikely you've seen it unless you're the type to buy DVDs from a comic book convention.
1994's The Fantastic Four was made and quickly shelved in an attempt by mega-schlock-producer Roger Corman to retain the big screen rights to the characters if and when they got the chance to do a big budget version. Needless to say, the film became something of a legend and with the other failed attempts to bring Reed Richard, the Storm siblings, and Ben Grimm, it's still the best version of this story that's been done in a feature length format.
The film has finally been made available widely on YouTube, and if you haven't seen it before, you need to at least see it once. If you find yourself entertained in any way, it's automatically better than the 2005, 2007, and 2015 versions. If you want to know the story of what happened to the film, I would also recommend that you check out the documentary Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four. It's available for free for Amazon Prime subscribers and is a great watch. It will also make you hate Avi Arad more than you already do, which is quite a feat for any film.
If nothing else, at least you don't have to cozy up to some mouth-breathing weirdo at a convention to be able to watch this flick. Give it ninety minutes of your time, you probably won't regret it.