Is "Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park" The Worst Rock Movie Of All Time?

With Kiss bringing their farewell tour to the Boston Garden tomorrow, it made me think about their almost forgotten movie. Rock movies are huge right now. The Queen music biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" is closing in on one billion dollars now that it's opened in China. It also won four Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. Over the weekend the Motley Crue movie "The Dirt" was released on Netflix. Reviews were mixed, some people loved it, some people said it was the worst rock movie ever. There's no way that's true. They must have never seen "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park."

It was a made for TV musical-fantasy starring Kiss at the height of their popularity in 1978. The plot involved Kiss using their superpowers to defeat an evil scientist and save a California amusement park. How did this not get an Oscar, especially since it was produced by Hanna-Barbera, the cartoon makers! The stunt doubles look nothing like Kiss, Ace Frehley was saying "Ack" through most of the film, Peter Criss' voice was overdubbed because Gene Simmons said nobody could understand his New York accent, and the band members were given crash courses on acting, which didn't seem to help. Take this scene with the band hanging around the pool in full makeup, sitting in high chairs. Paul Stanley uses his superpower eye...to "hear" conversations, and Gene, well, growls.

Join me at The Harp for a pre concert Kiss party Tuesday from 2 to 7pm. You could win your way into the show! Now enjoy the film...

 
 
 
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