There are lots of films in cinema’s history that were completed but never released for various reasons. It usually happens with a low budget cinema, but sometimes a relatively high profile project also gets completed, but not released.Many movies never even make it past the pre-production stages for various reasons. Whether it’s failure to secure financing or mysterious delays, some movies are just destined to remain in the cans.
We are gonna take a look at some of the films which were almost completed, but are yet to be released, for various reasons.
1. Don’s Plum (2001)
Films story takes place over the course of one night in which a group of young adults discusses life while eating at a diner. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire feared that the film paints them in a very negative light. The reasons were that their reputations were at stake, Hence, DiCaprio and Maguire rallied powerful lawyers and filed a lawsuit that ultimately prevented the film’s release. The film is still blocked from appearing in the USA and Canada
2. The Fantastic Four (1994)
In 1994 Roger Corman and partner Bernd Eichinger producers of low-budget films were about to release, their version of the Fantastic Four, which included the group’s origin story and their first battle with nemesis Dr. Doom. Trailers were even released in theaters and on home video, the cast also promoted the film at festivals and Comic-Con and then, nothing. The reasons behind were that Marvel feared the low-budget movie would harm the franchise, so both Corman and Eichinger were paid a couple of millions in cash and ordered all of the prints to be destroyed.
3. Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)
Films director and writer Tom Schiller of Saturday Night Fever and produced by Lorne Michaels and starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Billy from Gremlins. MGM has officially not released the movie theatrically or for home media after a disastrous press screening, which was the main reasons. The film was uploaded by a fan on YouTube but was removed due to copyright issues. It was eventually broadcast on Warner’s cable TV network Turner Classic Movies.
4. Cocksucker Blues (1972)
A documentary film which chronicled the 1972 Rolling Stones American tour in support of their album Exile on Main Street, Cocksucker Blues has never been released, and never will be. Films entire shooting was shot by anyone who could get their hands on a camera and what got captured was backstage parties, drug use, snorting cocaine and the entire group injecting heroin. The Stones brought the film to court, as they did not want it to be shown publicly as it would tarnish their reputation.The film’s director, Robert Frank tried to prevent the film from being destroyed. The film was screened for the general public at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2012 as part of an exhibition called “The Rolling Stones: 50 Years On Film”.
5. All American Massacre (1998)
All American Massacre, a 1970s-set prequel to Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 that has never been publicly released. Films actor Bill Moseley reprising the famous role of Chop Top, Leatherface’s deranged brother and promised to elaborate on the origins of the original murderous family. William turned to Kickstarter to complete post-production but failed to secure the $8000 funding as the trailer was found very amateurish and not of good quality. Horror fans will never have this bloody satisfaction ever.