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I have seen Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park about twenty times now, and after every viewing my appreciation increases over how genius this movie really is. If you have not seen Kiss Meets The Phantom of The Park, then you are missing out on monumental movie making history. Phantom came out in 1978, and was televised on Halloween night on NBC and later released on VHS in the early eighties. Since then, the only way to view it is on the Kiss Anthology 2 DVD. The only downside to that is, most of Ace’s lines (the best parts of the movie) are cut from the European version of the movie on that DVD.
I can understand why KISS wont release the US version on its own, as KISS considers it their low point career wise, but I digress. Why Phantom did not win any oscars is beyond me, from everything to the hilarious shitty acting, the cheesy stunts, the laughable special effects. Pure gold I tell ya. Now as I have stated before, if you talk to Peter, Gene, Paul, & Ace, they will try to bury the movie. Is it, because Peter Criss’s voice was so bad, they had to get someone to do voice over for his parts, or is it cause Ace was so out of it during the shooting, they had to get a stuntman in the fight scenes who was black. You cant script this stuff up folks. The KISS army though, love the film in all it’s cheesy glory.
Kiss Meets The Phantom has to be one of the greatest “so bad that it’s good” movies ever made. I am hoping that in my lifetime, this movie gets created into a touring Broadway musical, if not I will watch it again for the twenty first time. On that note, I will leave you with one of the lines Paul says in his New York lisp as Peter makes a wise crack to the police when they try to blame Gene for an act of vandalism…..”easy catman, they ahh therious”.