YMMV / The Fantastic Four

  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • The Fantastic Four never even fight the Jeweler or his men: Doctor Doom either kills them or scares them off.
    • Even Doom himself counts, as Reed Richards dominates him physically and defeats him by punching him over the side of the roof, barely holding any offensive strategy at all.
  • Complete Monster: Doctor Doom was once a friend of Reed Richards who was nearly killed and crippled by an experiment gone wrong. In vengeance, Doom spent the next ten years plotting the death of Reed and anyone associated with him. When the titular team gains their powers, Doom captures them and plots to drain them. In order to steal a diamond to power a laser beam, Doom massacres the Jeweler's gang and takes Alicia Masters as a hostage. Giving the Four an ultimatum of either surrendering to him or have New York City be destroyed by the laser, Doom starts a painful process to drain their powers, and plans to execute Alicia just to torment Ben Grimm. When they escape, Doom fires the laser at New York and confronts Reed once last time. Defeated, Doom lets himself fall just to rid Reed of the satisfaction of saving him.
  • Director Displacement: Oley Sassone directed the film, not Roger Corman (who produced the film given he's a No Budget specialist).
  • Dork Age: For the Fantastic Four in film. Until 2015.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: As noted on the Trivia page, this film was an Ashcan Copy made just for retaining the film rights...just like what happened 21 years later.
  • Memetic Mutation
    • "No no no no NOOO!"
    • After the horrendous reception of the 2015 film, in addition to the also ill-regarded 2005 film and its sequel, it became a bit trendy to say this was actually the best Fantastic Four movie.
      • This film's version of Doctor Doom in particular is regarded as superior, if only because he looks more like the character than the later film versions and seems to have more of his loveable Large Ham persona.
  • Narm: The whole movie is full of it due to the low budget and cheap special effects.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Mrs. Storm's way of giving a Title Drop, while awkward, is also very sweet.
      Mrs. Storm: Look at you, the Fantastic Four!
    • For that matter, the whole film is considered an example by many viewers, especially after the release of the 2015 film. Because for all its flaws, it still has a lot of heart and charm to it.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Horrendously corny on an Ed Wood level, but the terrible effects and cheesiness make it entertaining.
  • Special Effect Failure: Averted by The Thing's costume, which is actually pretty good considering the budget of the film (the fact that the company that did creatures for Babylon 5 made it too, helps). Played agonizingly straight everywhere else though, as most of the special effects come in the form of stock footage, cheap optical effects, really terrible CGI, and in the case of one of Reed's stretching scenes, it clearly involves two gloves on the ends of sticks.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Eric and David Wurst's score is essentially slight alterations of many popular John Williams pieces.
  • Vindicated by History: It was originally considered by fans to be a mere B-Movie with a healthy dosage of Narm. But now with how bad the 2015 reboot is considered, large numbers of fans have begun to view this Fantastic Four in a comparatively more positive light, considering that it seems like the makers of this one cared more than the makers of the 2015 movie. It is also considered, in many ways, to be the most faithful Fantastic Four film yet (i.e. it captured the comics' spirit best but was hobbled by having almost No Budget).


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