Jul 11, 2018
KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978) (part 1 of 6)
The Cast of Characters:
Sam (Terry Lester). Despite having top billing, he’s not really the hero of the film, and he doesn’t have much screen time. He’s more like the male version of the “Damsel in Distress”. Wow, this movie really breaks new ground. You’re welcome, Hillary.
Melissa (Deborah Ryan). She’s the heroine of the film and has the acting skills of someone on heroin. Goes on a quest to find Sam, even though I’m not so sure he’s ever actually lost.
Abner Devereaux (Anthony Zerbe). He’s a genius inventor, and therefore, also psychotic. It’s like milk and Ovaltine. To make room for the know-how to split atoms, you have to free up some space, and sanity seems to be the first thing to go.
Park Owner Guy aka POG (Carmine Caridi). He’s all about the bottom line. He has to keep the park in the black, or the red, whichever is better. And in my mind, he’s the “butch” to Devereaux’s “bitch” in their relationship.
Head Security Guard/Keystone Cop (John Chappell). He’s the Moe to the other two guards’ Larry and Curly. He may also be a little jealous of POG’s tryst with Devereaux, but again, this is just something I’ve decided within the confines of my own mind.
Cat Man, Space Ace, Star Child, and the Demon (Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley, and Gene Simmons). Superhero rockstars, which is two of everyone’s favorite things rolled into one. If you think about it, the two jobs have a lot in common: Superman could fly, and Jimi Hendrix could “kiss the sky”. Also… well, that’s the only comparison I’ve got, actually.