I saw Chris Gore on G4 the other night co-hosting a preview of this week's bigger than big Comicon in San Diego and I was reminded of his late (but not really all that lamented) FILM THREAT magazine of the early nineties. One of the few mags promoting independent films at the time, it's covers hyped Traci Lords, Batman and Ren and Stimpy to get sales but then presented a number of more serious pieces inside (along with an often incredible amount of sub-NATIONAL LAMPOON "humor"). My favorite issue--and the only one I've kept--is this 1993 edition that cover-featured the brand spanking new FANTASTIC FOUR film that was supposedly about to be released. No less than 16 pages are devoted to the low-budget Marvel feature inside presenting detailed behind-the-scenes looks and info on the special effects. The picture, as most folks reading this probably know, was pulled from scheduled release at the last minute and "permanently" shelved. That said, I doubt if there's anyone who wanted to see it who hasn't by now through various sources including the Net. It isn't bad,a ctually. Obviously low-budget and some of the SPFX don't work that well but Alex Hyde-White is quite good (if a bit too young-looking in spite of the obviously fake white streaks in his hair). The rest of the cast looks great. I mean, seriously, Jessica Alba may be a babe but Sue is supposed to be a matriarchal figure...which she is here. Actor Robert Culp's son Joseph appears as Dr. Doom in a budget conscious suit of armor costume. I liked last year's FF movie but there were plot holes and continuity errors you could fly a Fantasticar through. This year's film fell victim to that "no money" thing we have going around here (unfortunately) but 1993's FANTASTIC FOUR will always hold a special place here at the Library. Don't get me started on that CAPTAIN AMERICA movie though!