Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park (1978)
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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.).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Great movie for any KISS fan. Got it for my husband who first saw it on tv when he was a kid; he was really happy when he got it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kim
This movie is so cheesy that it is an awesome movie. Watching this again was reliving part of my childhood.Published 9 months ago by Kriss
I forgot the story plot, I saw it sooo long ago. It was funny!Published 10 months ago by Janene Hansel
"Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park" is made up of 75% schlock and 25% fun. It's pretty obvious that this movie was never intended as a masterpiece, but even if you're just... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mylz
ok first of all I GREW up with kiss in teh 1970's when the hype and this movie hit the stations. i seen them in 1978 inconcert and let me say if you like kiss .... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am a kiss fan, so of course I love it. This is the movie from my childhood. Don't expect high quality acting or special effects. I bought this to add to my kiss memorbillia. Read morePublished 12 months ago by dermaroller fan
finace wanted it, he got it, but its such a bad movie lolPublished 14 months ago by Debra Marchetti
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Mike, I just posted the below on Amazon:
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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