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KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park is a 1978 made-for-TV movie which aired on ABC shortly before Halloween of that year. Produced by Hanna-Barbera (yes, that Hanna-Barbera!) and starring the band KISS.
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The story revolves around KISS playing a series of gigs at the Magic Mountain amusement park (now Six Flags, but they never address the park by its name in the movie) simply because the park needs more guests and the owners think the hottest band in the world will bring 'em in. This does not sit well with Abner Devereaux, the park's co-founder who makes animatronics and robots, which he takes pride in making and thinks they're the reason that people come. Abner decides to destroy KISS and/or the park itself, with help of Sam, a brainwashed park employee. It's up to KISS, with the help of their superpowers and Melissa, Sam's fiancée, to help stop Abner and save the park.

It was panned by fans and the band themselves upon release. It was later re-edited and released outside the United States as Attack of the Phantoms; this version can be found on the "Kissology Vol. 2" DVD set.

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This movie provides examples of:

  • Amusement Park of Doom: A really lite version, more implied than seen.
  • Big Damn Heroes: KISS, themselves.
  • The Cameo: "The Real" Don Steele (a popular radio DJ who appeared in A LOT of movies made in this time period!)
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: The guys on Best of the Worst noted that KISS should have just paid the scientist for Robo-KISS and had them do their concerts for them, since they were identical to the band in every way.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Abner's plans
  • Damsel in Distress: Melissa
  • Eyebeams: Paul's main power. He can even use them to eavesdrop (!).
  • Hanna-Barbera: One of their very few live-action offerings.
  • Jukebox Musical
  • Mad Scientist: Abner Devereaux
  • Magical Eye: Paul Stanley's eye (the one with the star design around it) is this.
  • The Movie: For KISS.
  • Pun: Peter Criss AKA Cat Man sprouts a lot of these of the feline variety
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  • Re-Cut: as "Attack of the Phantoms".
  • Teleportation: Ace
  • Too Dumb to Live: Chopper, Slime and Dirty Dee, the three punks who Abner dupes into going his haunted house
  • Tragic Villain: The "Attack of the Phantoms" cut attempts to make Abner seem like this, even playing a somber song (Gene Simmons' Mr. Make Believe) and showing him walking away alone over the end credits.
  • Transformation Trinket: KISS's magic talismans.
  • Verbal Tic: Ace's "Ack"s
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Abner's main motive is his jealousy of KISS and he thinks nobody cares about his robots.

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