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Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978)

KISS, a rock band made up of superheroes, battles an evil inventor who has plans for destruction at a California amusement park.

Director:

Gordon Hessler

Writers:

Jan Michael Sherman (as Jan-Michael Sherman), Don Buday
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Criss ... Cat Man
Ace Frehley ... Space Ace
Gene Simmons ... The Demon
Paul Stanley ... Star Child
Anthony Zerbe ... Abner Devereaux
Carmine Caridi Carmine Caridi ... Calvin Richards
Deborah Ryan Deborah Ryan ... Melissa
John Dennis Johnston ... Chopper
John Lisbon Wood John Lisbon Wood ... Slime
Lisa Jane Persky ... Dirty Dee
John Chappell John Chappell ... Snede
Terry Lester Terry Lester ... Sam
Don Steele ... Himself
Richard Hein Richard Hein ... Guard
Brion James ... Guard
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Storyline

The tale of rock band KISS and their efforts to thwart a diabolical plan by mad scientist Abner Devereaux. Devereaux has found a way to clone humans into robots in his laboratory at an amusement park. It just so happens that he plans to uses the KISS concert as a platform to unleash his plan on the world. KISS must use their special powers to stop him. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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First movie starring KISS! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kiss Meets the Phantom See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was inspired by the KISS comic book published by Marvel Comics. In the comics, they were a band by day and superheroes by night. See more »

Goofs

When the cloned Gene Simmons throws the guards, wires are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Father: Hey! You're not allowed to smoke in here.
Chopper: I'll smoke you.
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Alternate Versions

The English theatrical version of "KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park" (usually known as "Attack of the Phantoms") has totally different editing. Many various scenes/elements not in the US version (while many in the US version are not in the Spanish or English theatrical versions). Among of the differences are:
  • Devereaux's Civil War robots are seen attacking the security guard's office.
  • Calvin and Devereaux have a discussion on the Magic Mountain monorail and continue it as they get off the ride.
  • There are additional live shots of KISS, including some from overhead, including one where you can clearly see a cameraman on stage.
  • The entire movie uses different music, especially a lot of KISS solo album music, and even a little bit of an instrumental of KISS' "Almost Human."
  • Paul Stanley shoots Sam's remote control with his eye laser. In the US version, he simply takes it out of Sam's skin with his hand.
  • There are additional shots during most of the KISS fight scenes, as well as many quick scenes throughout the film. Just one example of many, the guy staring at Melissa at the snack bar wipes the table with his hand, while in the US version he does not.
  • This version ends with a shot of Devereaux walking in the park (the scene after Calvin fired him) and then going into the credits which scroll playing "Mr. Make believe" from Gene Simmon's solo album, while the US version ends with KISS performing "God of Thunder."
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References Dracula (1931) See more »

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Radioactive
Composed by Gene Simmons
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pure 70's Americana!
22 January 1999 | by Blitz-5See all my reviews

With tunes like "I Stole Your Love" and "Shout It Out Loud". This movie leaves no stone unturned for Kiss fans. It's so period, so dated, yet completely fun (especially if you're a nostalgia freak). Yet another one of those films where technically the acting stinks, the script is lame and the set is an amusement park but you just have to watch it once or twice or again and again. Choice is yours! (but I'd check it out:) As a Kiss fan I have no choice but to stick it a 10.


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