Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978)

USA, 1978
96m
35mm film, colour, 4:3
mono, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An American science fiction television film directed by Gordon Hessler. Although made for American television, the film was released theatrically in other territories including the UK.

Plot Summary

Rock band Kiss battle mad scientist Abner Devereaux who has perfected a way to transform humans into robots in his laboratory hidden at an amusement park.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Gordon Hessler
© MCMLXXVIII [1973] Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.
A Hanna-Barbera production in association with Kiss/Aucoin Productions
Executive Producer: Joseph Barbera
Executive Producer for Kiss: William M. Aucoin
Produced by: Terry Morse Jr
Written by: Jan-Michael Sherman and Don Buday
Director of Photography: Robert Caramico
Edited by: Peter E. Berger
Songs by: Kiss
Additional Music by: Hoyt Curtain
Sound Mixer: James Pilcher
Costumer: Ernest Misko
Make-up Artist: Edward L. Bentley
Hair Stylist: Lynn Dell P. Kail
Special Effects: Don Courtney
Special Photographic Effects: Westheimer Company
Production Designer: James G. Hulsey

Cast
Peter Criss (Cat Man)
Ace Frehley (Space Ace)
Gene Simmons (The Demon)
Paul Stanley (Star Child)
Anthony Zerbe as Abner Devereaux
Carmine Caridi (Calvin Richards)
Deborah Ryan as Melissa
John Dennis Johnston (Chopper)
John Lisbon Wood (Slime)
Lisa Jane Persky (Dirty Dee)
John Chappell (Snede)
Terry Lester (Sam)
Don Steele as himself
Richard Hein (guard)
Brion James (guard)
Mary Kay Morse (girl on pyramid)
Sandra Pann (mother)
Bill Hudson (man in Kiss booth)
Leon Delaney (father)

Alternative Titles

Attack of the Phantoms – UK theatrical title
Grupa KISS walczy z fantomem – Polish title
Kiss – Danish title
Kiss – naamiomiesten hyökkäys – Finnish title
Kiss contra los fantasmas – Peruvian title
Kiss e os Fantasmas – Portuguese title
Kiss en ataque de los fantasmas – Colombian title
Kiss in Attack of the Phantoms – UK title
Kiss Meets the Phantom
Kiss Phantoms – Italian title
Phantom of the Park – Finnish title

Press

1980
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.47 no.562 (November 1980) pp.207-208
“The ponderousness of the movie seems to preclude any humour – even the animated Hanna-Barbera sequences pale beside the use of Kiss in Marvel Comics, begun in 1977 – and the overkill theatrics of the stage shows are never matched by the under-driven imaginations of the scriptwriters and director. The one high spot probably occurs during the climactic battle sequence when Peter Criss, spotting the cybernetic copies onstage, cries “They may look like us, but how will they play our music!”. “Faster and louder” cackles the Phantom.” – from a review by Cynthia Rose

2020
Fangoria no.298 (November 2010) p.58
“The film’s “plot” is so thin, I didn’t even need to turn the trash compactor on to fit it in […] Despite scathing reviews – even from the band – Phantom was the second-highest-rated TV movie of the year.” – from an illustrated review (Trash Compactor) by Don Adams

References

Periodicals
Delirium no.26 (2021) pp.18-20 – illustrated article (“Easy, Cat Man… they are serious!” by Chris Alexander)
Fangoria no.298 (November 2010) p.58 – illustrated review (Trash Compactor by Don Adams)
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.47 no.562 (November 1980) pp.207-208 – credits, synopsis, review (by Cynthia Rose)
Screen International no.256 (30 August 1980) p.26 – review

Books
Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.343
Cyborgs, Santa Claus and Satan: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Made for Television by Fraser A. Sherman pp.107
Movies Made for Television: The Telefeature and the Mini-Series 1964-1979 by Alvin H. Marill p.292 – credits, synopsis
The Werewolf Filmography by Bryan Senn p.311