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Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park (1978)

Gene Simmons , Paul Stanley  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley
  • Format: DVD
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cheezy Flicks
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FSF30O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,366 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Released on DVD in 2005 this shortly released DVD is great for any KISS fan. It was recalled due to distributing rights issues with the Releaser Cheezyfilms, thus this DVD is Rare and a Valuable Collectible.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
I think it helps if you're a KISS fan to enjoy this movie as much as I do, but I loaned it to a friend who was never into them at all and it became a cult favorite of his which he quotes to this day. This 1978 masterpiece was directed by Gordon Hessler who did tv shows like Hawaii 5-0, Kung Fu, and Wonder Woman and I think the influence is apparent. Also, the film is produced by Hanna-Barbera (as in Yogi Bear & the Flintstones) and that influence is extremely present!
The plot! involves KISS playing live at Magic Mountain where there is lots of cool things going on like a Peter Criss look a like contest! Anthony Zerbe (Omega Man, First Deadly Sin) plays the mentally unstable Abner Devereaux (the Phantom), creator of all the rides at the park and also the machanical apes. Anyway, he starts losing it when some biker dorks mess with his ride so he sends them to his haunted house to get sucked down these big pipes and....wo! My brain stings...hang on. Ok, so Abner ends up losing his job and he totally flips out and creates a little microchip thing that fits behind the ear and turns whoever is wearing it into a mindless robot. He's also jealous of KISS, not to mention hates their music so he creates a duplicate KISS to destroy the original KISS. Whew!
Watching KISS try to act is endless fun. Gene has a few lines like "Starchild!" and other times just opens his mouth and a prerecorded animal growl comes out! Paul says stuff like "Easy Catman, these guys are serious." and shoots a laser beam out his eye so he can listen to what people are saying far away. Ace says "Ack" and can teleport the whole band out of sticky situations (like when be attacked by samurais or cat people in disco suits, stuff like that.).
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, nostalgia... October 11, 2006
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Okay, it's hokey. Yeah, the special effects blow, even for the timeframe when it was originally made. Okay, I'm not even what is considered a member of KISS Army.

When I was a little kid, though, at a Halloween Party having just bypassed the obviously non-productive way of bobbing for apples by simply shoving my entire head in the bucket, pinning an apple to the bottom and winning the damned bobbing kudos; well, I was fairly soaked and removed from the garage while somebody tried to dry me off.

What were the adults doing? They were watching this film. I was too young to be into any form of music, I had no idea who these guys were, but they were cool. I spent the remainder of the party slipping in to watch bits and pieces of it before being sent back out only to repeat the cycle.

I mainly remember liking Peter Kriss's make-up and his singing of "Beth". A few years later I was into music and got Destroyer, and in adulthood they put the movie on to VHS format so I could see the whole thing. I had the slight cringe one sometimes gets when viewing a movie as an adult that you thought was incredibly awesome as a child, but I couldn't let it go.

It's a pure nostalgia thing. Adding to the nostalgia is the filming location at Magic Mountain, home of the most awesome rollercoasters ever, though it would be a long time before I really went there. Magic Mountain, now owned by Six Flags, is shutting down at the end of 2006, so now there's double nostalgia involvement.

Regardless, it's just plain fun - good music, a mythical like approach to the characters of KISS, a plot to take over the world, and really horrible production and effects that you let slide because of the 'to hell with it, let's have fun' mindset this was made in.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please, release it on DVD! June 1, 2004
By Chumash
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this movie on TV once, Way Back When. I didn't understand it then, and I still don't now, but one thing's for sure; this movie *must* be released on DVD! It's a cult classic, right up there with "Plan 9 From Outer Space" in its' (unintentional) badness. KISS fans, unite; petition the band to get this movie released on Special Edition DVD--featuring a "making of" documentary, of course!!! 'Nuff said.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have known, a bootleg. July 5, 2005
Well I received my copy of this bootleg and I can't believe Amazon allowed this. The DVD cover is phony, the disk is store bought. The audio is awful and the video is just ok.

I should have known. Hopefully this will eventually be remastered even though the movie is not that great. But it is KISS!

Not happy guys.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Stole Your Love May 4, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
In the late 1970s KISS was at the absolute height of their popularity and KISS mania was running rampant. Their merchandising machine was sheer genius (until it got a bit out of hand later), which meant that we all wore KISS concert shirts, bought all their records, View-Master reels, comic books and anything else we could get our hands on.

So it seemed a logical idea for the band to capitalize on their success by starring in their own feature film. I, along with millions of other members of the KISS Army, sat transfixed on October 28, 1978, to watch the fabulous foursome for 96 minutes in KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park on NBC.

The plot was pretty simple: the band (starring as themselves) discovers a mad scientist amusement park owner's scheme to turn humans into cybernetic park attractions. The guys caught on when he kidnapped them and built evil KISS cyborg clones that he planned to use to enslave thousands of folks at a KISS concert, which coincidentally would take place at the very same park. But KISS isn't any ordinary band - they've got magical powers that they can summon with their ancient talismans, which they use to escape and foil the evil genius's plan. The climax of the film is a showdown between KISS and their evil robot counterparts.

Not unlike the band, the movie has a comic book feel, which makes complete sense since it was produced by Hanna-Barbera, the folks who gave the world The Jetsons and other cartoons. It was filmed at California's Magic Mountain amusement park and contains some cool footage of the band in concert and in action, with 'Shout it Out Loud,' 'Rock and Roll All Night,' and a great version of 'I Stole Your Love.' While it was a made-for-TV movie, the film actually did enjoy a theatrical release in Europe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park
Love the movie... purchased this DVD to replace the VHS copy we have...
Published 23 days ago by Anthonette Houston
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It brought back memories
Published 1 month ago by Todd James Olson
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie was okay, but
There was nothing wrong with the movie itself just be careful who you buy it from cause someone had taped over the ending with a fishing show on the copy I got.
Published 1 month ago by Covert II
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
funny, funnny
Published 1 month ago by Lisa M. Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 1 month ago by Bobby Hutton
3.0 out of 5 stars kiss meets the phantom of the park
its a ok movies from the 70s but nothing spectacular. its what you buy when you are a diehard kiss fan and have a lapse of judgement
Published 4 months ago by kevin winnett
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy KISSOLOGY VOL. 2 instead
Why overpay for this version when you can get this movie plus a whole lot more KISS footage on KISSOLOGY Vol. 2.
Not to mention KISSOLOGY Vol. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jim Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars kiss fan
I been a kiss fan since the 70. and now. and their all their song. and my 20 year daughter listern too them
Published 5 months ago by sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Campy
It's a campy piece of garbage but I know that when I purchased, I just wanted to relive a memory and have a laugh
Published 6 months ago by Endevour32
3.0 out of 5 stars kiss dvd
i'm a big kiss fan so to me it's a must have but disappointed in the quality
of the dvd but still a nice collectible piece
Published 7 months ago by jimmy
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I just read that the European theatrical release of Kiss "Meets the Phantom of the Park" will be on disc one (out of three total) of the upcoming Kissology Volume 2 DVD video collection due out on 8/14/07. The version with this release differs... Read More
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