The Roger Corman-produced Fantastic Four film remains one of those movies more known for the legend that surrounds it than for anything else. Famously thrown into production more as a dodge through a contractual loophole to allow German producer Bernd Eichinger to hang onto the film rights to the popular comic book property, the film never got a proper release and has only been available as a bootleg. But while a legitimate release for the film is probably never going to happen, filmmakers Marty Langford and Mark Sikes have set about to pierce the veil of urban legend around the movie with their documentary Doomed!: The Untold Story Of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four. As you can see from the trailer below, they have talked to a lot of people involved with the making of the film and should be delivering the definitive word on what really happened back in 1991 when it was made.
Like nearly everyone else, if you’ve seen the film online or in bootleg video form, you’ve probably seen a version that was a multi-generational dupe of the original. The shots from the movie shown here are cleaned up a bit from a typical multi-generational source, though the film’s Facebook page is stating that they are merely “fairly lo-res placeholders for what we have in store for the documentary!”
I should add a point of disclosure here. I was interviewed for this documentary last April by Langford, pretty much at the same time I was interviewing him for the piece we posted here about the project. I provided some fan perspective on hearing about the film back in the pre-internet days, and what it was like to try and track down a copy of the film among bootleg video dealers at conventions. I am not in the trailer and I don’t know if I’m in the final cut.