During a “stay dialog” at Hollywood’s Musicians Institute on September 25, former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley recalled filming the band’s 1978 Hanna Barbera-produced made-for-television film “Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park” (alternately referred to as “Attack Of The Phantoms”).
“I keep in mind it very nicely,” Frehley stated.”I had numerous enjoyable. When we began capturing at [the Los Angeles-area amusement park] Magic Mountain, they closed the park at 6 o’clock, so I had the run of the park. I purchased a moped and used to drive round all these asphalt trails between the rides. I crashed just a few instances, however fortunately, I had that costume on with all of the padding, and I did not get damage.
“The complete expertise for me was fairly good,” Frehley continued, “[but] there was in the future that I actually type of misplaced it, and that was once I had a battle with a producer. What occurred was, I used to be partying the night time earlier than, we needed to stand up at 7 o’clock [and] drive to Magic Mountain. Then we needed to put our make-up on and costumes and stuff. I had the day’s capturing schedule, and I used to be supposed to start out capturing at round 10:30, 11 o’clock. All of a sudden, any individual knocks on the door they usually says, ‘Excuse me, Mr. Frehley. We’re going to be doing close-ups on Gene Simmons all morning, and we can’t want you till after lunch.’ That occurred greater than as soon as, however the second time it occurred, I simply misplaced my [tempter]. I bumped into the producer’s workplace [and said], ‘This shit’s not going to fly with me. You get your shit collectively. If you need me right here at 9 o’clock in make-up, you higher ensure you obtained your capturing schedule proper,’ as a result of no person needs to take a seat round in that make-up and costume for 12 hours. I misplaced it — I jumped into my Mercedes and took off.”
Although his former bandmates have voiced their displeasure with the film, Frehley does not share their opinion. “Paul [Stanley] and Gene have gone on report that they hate the movie,” he stated. “I feel it is hysterical, and I feel it is campy and I feel it is a foolish rock ‘n’ roll film. I do not assume there’s something unsuitable with it. They took the movie so goddamn critically that it simply ruined it for them once they noticed the ultimate reduce, as a result of they anticipated ‘Gone With The Wind’.”
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“Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park” initially aired on the American tv community NBC on October 28, 1978. Filmed largely on location on the Magic Mountain theme park in Santa Clarita, California, the movie finds the members of KISS — enjoying themselves — utilizing their “superpowers” to battle an evil inventor.
According to the 1997 ebook “Kiss And Sell: The Making Of A Supergroup”, for years after its airing, nobody who labored for KISS was permitted to say the film within the band’s presence.
On VH1‘s “When Kiss Ruled The World” program, Simmons provided his ideas on the movie: “It’s a traditional film — in the event you’re on medication.”
The European edit of the movie was included on KISS‘s 2007 DVD anthology “Kissology Volume Two: 1978-1991”.