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 use the KISS concert as a platform to unleash his plan on the world. KISS must use their special powers to stop him.
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Very campy film by Hanna-Barbera (but it's live action) that reminds me a bit "Superfriends" TV animated series. Though, it's live action and the superheroes are the members of the Kiss band! Their superpowers come from four magical talismans protected by a force field. Star Child can shoot a laser from the star that comes out of his right eye and also uses it for controlling minds and for activating his superhuman hearing ability. The Demon has superstrength and may breath fire (besides having a thunder voice, a mighty roar... and a long tongue). Space Ace shoots laser rays from both hands (although strangely never uses this power while fighting) and teleports himself and his partners by making the hitchhiking gesture with his thumb. Catman was supposed to have superhuman agility... but all the four seem to have the same superhuman agility! Well, at least he is the responsible for the jokes only Ace laughs at. They all also have a superjump, may slow down the fall, have (clumsy) martial art techniques... and fly, off course. In the movie, the enemy is is a mad scientist (why not?) who converts people into androids. The rockstar superheroes must save the day by fighting inside an amusement park. Everyhing with bad acting and poor visual effects. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss all hate the movie. Well, it's somewhat funny, but really not nice at all.
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Watching this highly infamous film failure makes one wonder why I haven't seen it sooner...?The whole story about the famous rockband KISS and their gig at local amusement park, that gets stopped because of an evil scientist played by Anthony Zerbe, is an oddity.On paper this could been a perfect platform for KISS, building up a bigger fanbase, and thus becoming more financial successful, seems to be stopped by a lack of a good script, direction and special effects.This film could been so much better if KISS had learned from The Ramones cultclassic film Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979). A little music, dancing, tongue in cheek sense of humor etc goes a long way.But that is not what we get here, lots of crappy acting, bad dialogue and very boring storyline. KISS fans should look at flawed but better film Detroit Rock City (1999). The only positive thing one can say about this one is Anthony Zerbes imitation of Vincent Price is sometimes very good. So viewers who complains about Britney Spears Crossroads (2002), Mariah Careys Glitter (2001) or why not Princes "classic" Purple Rain (1984)should check this one out. It goes to show hard it is to repeat the success of A Hard Day's Night (1964).
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There are those out there that are, for whatever reason, lovers of bad cinema. These individuals thrive on collecting the absolute worst motion pictures ever made purely because of their awfulness. For those people out there, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park is like the holy grail. It's very easy to find movies that are downright horrible today as the quality of film as declined in the past decade or so (at least my opinion), but finding something like Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park from the late 1970s, considered by many to be a Hollywood golden age, is rare. Granted it premiered on television in the U.S., but in other parts of the world it was given a theatrical release. Whoever paid money in the theater to see this has my sympathies as it is without question, among the worst productions one will ever see. Amateurish isn't the right word to describe what a disaster this catastrophe is to KISS fans like myself. The only aspect of value is that depending on what cut is viewed, there is classic KISS music played throughout the picture. I will give it this though: there has never been sci-fi/musical/superhero adventure like this since. It is unique, but not in a good way. This is what almost destroyed KISS forever. You've been warned. 2/10