KISS Meet the Phantom of the Park (1978) Reviewed

I had this priceless Colorforms™set as a kid. It now fetches about $200...*sigh*

I had this priceless Colorforms™ set as a kid. It now fetches about $200...*sigh*

Essentially an over-long Hannah-Barbara cartoon from the 70s (you expect the Banana Splits to show up at any minute), this waste of 90 minutes originally aired on network television. You can tell that beneath the make-up KISS is collectively embarrassed. Lucky for them, they aren’t even around for the first half hour and by then we’re already mired in nonsense and disinterested. (Not that KISS really contribute anything when they do show up.) In whatever warped dimension this film exists, the members of KISS are some sort of rock n’ roll band of superheroes. They have inexplicable powers (often related somehow to the symbols on their face) that manifest themselves as bargain-basement special effects. They try to stop an evil theme park attraction designer from turning people into mindless robots…or people that behave like mindless robots…or something. There’s a band of evil KISS doppelganger-bots who threaten to steal their big, er…Magic Mountain gig (?). This all sounds a lot more fun than it actually is. From a time when KISS had pretty much taken over the world with an image so watered down they were even being marketed to small children with dolls and Colorforms (Which I had, thanyouverymuch.), Phantom is useless except as an historical relic. Most of the exterior shots were filmed at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif.

~ by Number5ive on November 30, 2008.

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