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fantastic fourYou might be wondering about this week’s Super Sunday film entry considering we did the Fantastic Four last week, but I have a never before seen version for all of you this week. Roger Corman, the B-movie king who has produced more than 500 films in his career made this low budget version of The Fantastic Four that never saw the light of day. A group of four astronauts goes on a space mission that ends up being disastrous and they are forever changed after their spaceship explodes. Reed Richards (Alex Hyde-White) has the ability to stretch so he becomes Mr. Fantastic, Susan Storm (Rebecca Staab) has the ability to become invisible and she takes the name The Invisible Woman, Ben Grimm (Michael Bailey Smith) becomes this rock like thing that has super strength hence his new name The Thing, and Johnny Storm (Jay Underwood) has the ability to control flames and he becomes the Human Torch.  Together they will battle their arch enemy in Dr. Doom (Joseph Culp) who they thought was dead. The film also stars George Gaynes (Police Academy) as the professor, Kat Green (She’s All That) as Alicia Masters, Chuck Butto (Phantasm III: Lord Of The Dead) as Weasel, Carl Ciarfalio (Out Of The Furnace) as The Thing, and the film was directed by Oley Sassone (Bloodfist III: Forced To Fight).

dr. doomYou can immediately tell right from the start that this film is a Roger Corman produced film all the way and I honestly think I should have saved this for Cheeseball Cinema. This is one of the cheesiest superhero films that I have ever watched from the over acting to just about anything like the special effects, but they did what they had to do with a low budget. I can certainly understand why this never saw the light of day or why for a long time people never took these films seriously. The acting has to be the worst part about this film and I was surprised to see Michael Bailey Smith in this film after seeing him in so many horror films. A lot of the scenes are just too way over the top and overacted completely. The only thing I liked in this film better than the big budget version was the way Dr. Doom looked because it was really as authentic to the comic book as it could possibly be. For a final grade, this may seem harsh to some of you, but a D+ is the only foreseeable grade I could give this film. Again, there is a reason why this never saw the light of day, but you can watch it on Youtube.

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220px-Fantastic_Four_posterI figured since 20TH Century Fox had announced the abomination of what they planned to do with The Fantastic Four franchise, I figured I would review the 2005 film that was directed by Tim Story (Ride Along). Dr. Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) a.k.a Mister Fantastic believes that evolution was triggered by clouds of cosmic energy some millions of years ago and he now believes that the same kind of clouds will be travelling past earth. With his best friend and astronaut Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis) a.k.a. The Thing, they will convince Dr. Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon), who is a jealous former contemporary of Reed’s at MIT. to let them use his facilities to conduct the experiment. Von Doom who is filled with greed, agrees to allow them to do it as long as he gets the profits. So, along with Grimm and Richards, they are joined by Von Doom’s chief genetics researcher Susan Storm (Jessica Alba) a.k.a The invisible Woman and her over the top brother Johnny Storm (Chris Evans) a.k.a The Human Torch. The only thing is the experiment goes wrong and every one gains superpowers, but while Reed tries to figure out a way to get everyone back to normal, Dr. Doom is going to use his for his own personal greed. So, the Fantastic Four have to put their differences away and band together to stop Dr. Doom before it’s too late. The film also stars Kerry Washington (Django Unchained) as Alicia Masters, Laurie Holden (The Mist) as Debbie, and Hamish Linklater (42) as Leonard.

f4-sue_largeLet’s look at some things when we talk about this film, the budget for the film was $100 Million and they made $330.6 million which means that the film was a success for the company. The actors they chose were amazing especially for the fact that I always thought that Michael Chiklis was a great choice for The Thing like Hugh Jackman was a great choice for Wolverine. Even though the film was negatively received by critics, I actually really liked this film even though they did the same thing of changing where Dr. Doom was from. The film had all the melodrama you could possibly want even though it wasn’t a knockout like some of the films Marvel is making today. The special effects were also pretty good, but the acting was terrific. Who knew that Chris Evans was going to get a second crack at Marvel when he chose to be Captain America. I’ll probably check out the new Fantastic Four film like I did with Fox’s Amazing Spider-Man reboot, but it just doesn’t sound that good. I am going to give this film a B+ for a final grade because it’s definitely worth checking out.