Today is the 34th anniversary of when KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park first aired for the KISS Army – 8:00 pm, Saturday, October 28, 1978 on the NBC Network . Although I spend a whole chapter in my KISS FAQ book discussing the filming and results of that film, there are a few things I didn’t get to throw due to visual limitations. So, in honor of the film, here are six things of note that commonly don’t get mentioned about KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park!
1) The framing of the picture is different in the various versions of the movie fans have seen over the years.
But the worst offender is how it typically cuts off Paul's head in the WV version – as seen here:
2) Gordon Hessler directed the Vincent Price – Christopher Lee - Peter Cushing movie Scream and Scream Again, which featured movie poster artwork by an artist named Ken Kelly. Whatever became of that guy?
3) I found this picture a while back as part of an auction of an Italian poster for the movie. There was no way it could fit into the book, but it’s of significance to fans thanks to a rare chance to see how the “Beth” scene was originally supposed to be filmed – with Peter playing guitar!
4) Why is Gene being menaced by the guy who always played Koreans on M*A*S*H?
5) So, what kind of advertising did NBC think would work for their airing? Here’s a sampling:
6) Finally, as I mention in KISS FAQ, how did the guy flipping off the camera makes his way into the NBC, WV and theatrical versions of the movie?! Or is this simply a sign that I’ve seen this thing WAYYY too many times?
Happy Birthday, KTMP! You may not be the best movie in the world, but everyone can agree that you're the best KISS movie ever made!