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Old 05-29-2009, 11:15 PM   #76
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In seriousness the features and commentaries made buying the three-disc imperial set well worth it.
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The original members of KISS all hate their 1978 television movie special KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park.

During the time of its release KISS were displeased with how the film made them look and the poor production quality of it that they preferred those that worked with them not talk about the movie at all.

Gene Simmons has stated that the movie is a classic movie if you are on drugs and joked that it will make a great double feature with Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Ace Frehley called it the funniest sh*t he has ever seen.

Peter Criss did not like filming it at all that he refused to do voice over recording sessions, not wanting to waste more time on it, and the result was that his voice was dubbed over in the film.
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I've read several articles that indicate that Gillian Anderson was very unhappy during much of "The X-Files". I guess that's not in the same category as "hating her work"; she never disparaged the show per se, but still, the fact that she disliked working on it really colors my viewing of it now.

Actors certainly aren't obligated to like everything they do just to please their fans, but in this age of unlimited information I often wonder if sometimes we all wouldn't be better off NOT knowing some things.
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The original members of KISS all hate their 1978 television movie special KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park.

During the time of its release KISS were displeased with how the film made them look and the poor production quality of it that they preferred those that worked with them not talk about the movie at all.

Gene Simmons has stated that the movie is a classic movie if you are on drugs and joked that it will make a great double feature with Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Ace Frehley called it the funniest sh*t he has ever seen.

Peter Criss did not like filming it at all that he refused to do voice over recording sessions, not wanting to waste more time on it, and the result was that his voice was dubbed over in the film.
I'm a lifelong KISS fan and I love the movie in a "so bad it's good" way. Part of the fun of watching it now is picking apart the poor acting, cheap special effects and the storyline.

I'm sure when I was 12 years old and watched it on its network premiere that I thought it was great. But time and age have given me the proper perspective on it.
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I'm a lifelong KISS fan and I love the movie in a "so bad it's good" way. Part of the fun of watching it now is picking apart the poor acting, cheap special effects and the storyline.

I'm sure when I was 12 years old and watched it on its network premiere that I thought it was great. But time and age have given me the proper perspective on it.
Much to KISS' dismay Phantom of the Park got a lot of views on its airing; it was actually one of the highest rated television movies at the time. I think they wanted this movie to disappear and hoped hardly anyone tuned in after they had viewed it.

I also find it funny that this aired around the time of the ill-fated Star Wars Holiday Special tv-movie. 1978 seemed to be the year of cheese.
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Much to KISS' dismay Phantom of the Park got a lot of views on its airing; it was actually one of the highest rated television movies at the time. I think they wanted this movie to disappear and hoped hardly anyone tuned in after they had viewed it.

I also find it funny that this aired around the time of the ill-fated Star Wars Holiday Special tv-movie. 1978 seemed to be the year of cheese.
Definitely. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Thank God It's Friday also came out in 1978.
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Much to KISS' dismay Phantom of the Park got a lot of views on its airing; it was actually one of the highest rated television movies at the time. I think they wanted this movie to disappear and hoped hardly anyone tuned in after they had viewed it.

I also find it funny that this aired around the time of the ill-fated Star Wars Holiday Special tv-movie. 1978 seemed to be the year of cheese.
KISS was at the peak of their popularity in 1978 and I was their target audience. It worked. I was glued to the set.

I remember going out for dinner with my Father that night (Saturday) and insisting we had to be back by 8 PM so I could see the KISS movie.

This was pre-cable, pre-VCR, so if you missed it, that was it! I don't even think the movie was rerun for several years. Wonder why.
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Definitely. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Thank God It's Friday also came out in 1978.
Yeah, what kind of a person would actually go see Sgt. Pepper's in a theater?

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KISS was at the peak of their popularity in 1978 and I was their target audience. It worked. I was glued to the set.

I remember going out for dinner with my Father that night (Saturday) and insisting we had to be back by 8 PM so I could see the KISS movie.

This was pre-cable, pre-VCR, so if you missed it, that was it! I don't even think the movie was rerun for several years. Wonder why.
I'm actually glad that KISS finally gave in to the demand of the fans and decided to release Phantom of the Park. You can find it on the KISSology Vol. II DVD set as a feature. It had a VHS release years ago but after that it hasn't been released for years and it was a hot bootleg item.

BTW, did you manage to catch that Star Wars Holiday Special movie since this aired within a month of the KISS special? That hasn't been released at all since the original airing.
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Definitely. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Thank God It's Friday also came out in 1978.
ugh...

However not everything that came from 1978 was bad...
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Yeah, what kind of a person would actually go see Sgt. Pepper's in a theater?

Not me...I wasn't even born yet!!
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I'm actually glad that KISS finally gave in to the demand of the fans and decided to release Phantom of the Park. You can find it on the KISSology Vol. II DVD set as a feature.
What they actually put on KISSology II is Attack Of The Phantoms, a different edit that was released to theaters in Europe and Australia. There are a couple of scenes in Attack that aren't in the US TV movie and they replaced the background score music from the TV movie with songs from the solo albums.

So, KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park remains officially unissued on DVD to this day. I thought that maybe they'd release it last year for the 30th anniversary, but no dice.
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Ironically, KISS was offered the chance to play the Future Villain Band in Sgt. Pepper and turned it down flat. They were replaced by Aerosmith. So I guess 1978 could've been a lot worse for KISS.
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This is going back a while, yet I remember that David Janssen, former star of the long-running "The Fugitive" television series, had done a movie alongside John Wayne. That film, "The Green Berets" (Warner Bros., 1968), had been a project that Janssen himself confessed he had no fondness for. David Janssen had generally professed a hatred of war films. He made it clear that "The Green Berets" was certainly no exception to this rule.
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