KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (TV Movie 1978) Poster


The movie was inspired by the KISS comic book series published by Marvel Comics. In the comics, they were a band by day and superheroes by night.
Peter Criss was dubbed, because he wouldn't show up to do looping (re-recording lines in post-production). His voice was dubbed by voiceover artist Michael Bell, who did a lot of work for Hanna-Barbera.
According to Paul Stanley in VH1's "KISS: Behind The Music", Ace Frehley often failed to show up during shooting, so Ace's stunt double, an African-American, had to act in some scenes and fill in for Ace on some of the fight scenes. The stunt double's voice was overdubbed to sound like Ace (there are differing versions as to whether Ace or a sound-alike did the overdubbing).
All four members of KISS deeply regret that they acted in it. They hate the movie and still despise it being created.
The cartoon-style music that appears during fight sequences was added after the production team realized that the film needed a lower certificate to enable younger KISS fans (the majority) to see the film.
KISS was asked, and had planned, to write and record all new songs for this film, but couldn't due to time restrictions.
Band members were upset by the fact that most of the newspaper print ads for the movie featured photos of Gene Simmons that were larger than and seemingly overshadowed those of other members.
According to a VH1 documentary interview with Paul Stanley, the film was described during the pitch to band members as A Hard Day's Night meets Star Wars.
The band was given lines while standing ready for action. They didn't even know how the film would end.
In a commercial for his 2009 solo release, Anomaly, Ace Frehley brings back his teleportation power and "Ack" gimmicks from the movie.
Though exclusively a TV movie in the US, it was released to theaters in several foreign countries.
Kiss, nearly broke up after the film because, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were increasingly unhappy. Their manager, Bill Aucoin said to the band to split temporarly and record solo albums. Ace's album had outdone, the other three with a top single.
When this was originally shown on "NBC Saturday Night at the Movies", on October 28, 1978, the opening trailer bumper was announced by New York NBC staff announcer Fred Collins, while Peggy Taylor, one of the network's Burbank-based staff announcers, did commercial and ending bumpers.

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