[[caption-width-right:340:The Fantastic... [[{{Pun}} Four-gotten]]?]]

In 1992, The Constantin Film production company held the film rights to the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' comic book, but they were about to lose said film rights unless they began production by December of that year. Since both the budget and the technology necessary for such a venture were lacking at the time, they instead opted to do a ''very'' low-budget film produced by Creator/RogerCorman and directed by journeyman music video director [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0766020/reference Oley Sassone]]; this was done as an AshcanCopy to maintain the rights, and it was never released in theaters or any home media. However, a release date was set for 1994 and the cast and crew were told the film would be released. Although Creator/StanLee says that it was never intended to be released, Corman and producer Bernd Eichinger claim that they ''did'' plan to release it, but Marvel, fearing that it would cheapen the franchise, bought the film for the amount of money Constantin spent making it and ordered all prints destroyed.

According to some fans and critics who got their hands on the movie (circulated via bootleg video at comic-cons and such), not getting released was the best thing about it. Other viewers exhibit rabid devotion to it and demand an official DVD release. Most people (outside of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' fans) are unaware that the film even exists.

(You can see it on Website/YouTube [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrbFLJHeX8w here]].)

More info [[http://www.teako170.com/ffmovie.html here]], [[BileFascination in case]] [[ShmuckBait you're interested]]. Or [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/The_Fantastic_Four_1993.aspx here]], [[Website/TheAgonyBooth if you got the time]]. Not to be confused with [[Film/FantasticFour2005 the 20th-Century]] [[Film/FantasticFour2015 Fox films]] (on which Constantin also produced).

!!This film provides examples of:

* AbortedArc: There was a subplot about Thing coping with his new form, but this is put to a halt when Alicia Masters is kidnapped.
* ActuallyADoombot: Seems like one, or else Doom's gloves are living beings.
* AdaptationOriginConnection: Doom accidentally gives the four their powers with his Colossus Ray.
* AllYourPowersCombined: Doctor Doom's brilliant plan involves taking the team's powers and adding them to his own.
* {{Cyborg}}: Doom.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Happens to Doom at the end.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Alicia Masters is blind but when Ben Grimm bumps into her, she can "sense" that he feels sorry about it. Sure, she has no super powers to speak of and Ben did get through telling her how sorry he was, her blindness just gives her that ability to sense peoples' emotions somehow.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Reed tries to tell Johnny that it is too dangerous for him and Sue to go to space with them until he sees Sue for the first time in years. She's apparently sexy enough for him to lose his train of thought and abandon reason all together.
* DullSurprise: Reed [[http://media.agonybooth.com/images/articles/The_Fantastic_Four_1993/inspace4.jpg doesn't seem to react at all]] during the scene where the Four are irradiated, as opposed to the [[http://media.agonybooth.com/images/articles/The_Fantastic_Four_1993/inspace1.jpg rather]] [[http://media.agonybooth.com/images/articles/The_Fantastic_Four_1993/inspace2.jpg exaggerated]] [[http://media.agonybooth.com/images/articles/The_Fantastic_Four_1993/inspace3.jpg reactions]] of the other three.
* EvilLaugh: Doom's laugh is so epic that it appears in the background of a scene that has nothing to do with him, and even follows him to his death.
* {{Expy}}: The Jeweler is without question supposed to be the Mole Man. They couldn't use the original name due to rights issues.
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: Doom.
* TheGrotesque: The Thing
* HeadBob: Dr. Doom has a severe case of this.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Reed and Ben are college students and apparently good friends with Johnny and Sue, who haven't even hit puberty yet.
* TheJailbaitWait: Reed apparently did this for Sue.
* LargeHam
** Joseph Culp's performance as Doctor Doom. Strangely, as the Agony Booth's review notes, Culp actually gives a sinister, understated performance in the early sections of the film, only to go batshit insane about half an hour in...which, to the film's credit, is absolutely right for Doom.
** Reed's teacher at the start of the film is extremely enthusiastic about the speed of light.
* LostEpisode: Lost ''movie''. Well, it was supposed to be lost.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Ben and Alicia, touch in the latter's case since she's blind.
* ManlyTears: Reed starts to bawl when the ER doctor tells him that Victor's burns "were too severe".
* MayDecemberRomance: Reed's relationship with Sue should be this, although they don't look that much different in age once she grows up.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: Doctor Doom gestures with no shame, even punctuating "you have twelve hours" by writing "12" with his fingers!
* MoodWhiplash: The movie is campy and owes a lot to [[{{Series/Batman}} the old Adam West ''Batman'' series]], but we still see a surprisingly violent shootout between the Jeweler's men and Doom's.
** When Ben wanders the streets, it's a surprisingly dark and depressing scene that might seem appropriate in some gritty 1970s drama.
* PersonalityPowers: The reasoning behind their powers.
* PrecociousCrush: Sue had one on Reed when she was younger. It developed into a relationship years later.
* ShoutOut:
** Believe it or not, the scene in which Sue grabs the zero-g pen while in space was obviously a direct homage of ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
** Then there's the line [[{{Series/Batman}} "Holy Freud, Batman."]] See the Personality Powers section for more info on that one.
** It may not have been on purpose but when Reed sees Sue for the first time since she grew up, it is almost identical to the shot in ''Film/BlueVelvet'' in which the protagonist meets his love interest. Creator/DavidLynch used the same shot in ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}''.
** The sequence with the Human Torch protecting New York from Doctor Doom's "laser" is either this or an outright plagiarism of the first of the WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons, in which Superman likewise beats back a mad scientist's death ray he was using to try to destroy Metropolis.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Mrs. Storm, who in the comics died when Sue and Johnny were relatively young, is depicted as still being alive when the Four have their accident. Oddly enough their father, who ''was'' alive (albeit in prison) during the Four's early career, isn't seen or mentioned at any point in the film.
* StalkerWithACrush: Alicia and Ben both [[InstantSeduction instantly fall in love]] when they bump into each other. They don't even say their names. Alicia immediately goes home and sculpts Ben's face and is even seen licking some of the clay from her fingertips.
** Likewise, the Jeweler has apparently been stalking her and falls in love with her.
* TakeMyHand: Even in his moment of victory, Richards lacks the courage to deliver the final blow.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Kragstadt and Trigorin.
* ThreatBackfire: The Jeweler tries to get Doom to back off by threatening to kill Alicia. Doom, who has never even heard of her before and has no particular reason to care whether she lives or dies, is not impressed.
* TitleDrop: Mrs. Storm does it with enthusiasm and little explanation.
* TruerToTheText: While the film may have been obscure and had the cases of AdaptationOriginConnection and SparedByTheAdaptation, it is more faithful to the source material than the 2015 film at least.
* TwoDecadesBehind: If it wasn't for the CG effects for the Human Torch, you'd believe that this movie was straight from the 70's considering it's low production values [[note]]not helped by the fact that the movie was ripped from a low quality copy of the final cut[[/note]]. This movie was actually made in 1994, [[UpToEleven a full year after Jurassic Park's release]].
** The space suits that the group wear vaguely resemble early space suits worn by astronauts in the early 60's. At the time of this film's production space suits were given a drastically different re-design to allow for safer travel in space.
** The footage of the house blowing up to establish the power of Dr. Doom's laser cannon is StockFootage of a house being obliterated by an atomic bomb from 1955. This would have been especially obvious to 90's audiences given the clip's notoriety in the media during the Cold War.
* UrbanLegend: Rumor has it that Marvel bought the film and locked the master copy in a vault so it would never see the light of day. Other accounts claim that Avi Arad [[KillItWithFire burned the negatives himself]].
* WasOnceAMan: Doom feels this way.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Jeweler was mostly responsible for the Fantastic Four's transformation (long story) and kidnapped Thing's girlfriend, yet most of the main characters never meet him. He simply [[VillainExitStageLeft walks off camera]] in a scene with Dr. Doom and is never seen or mentioned again.