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Godfather Actor Carmine Caridi, Who Was Expelled from the Academy, Dies at 85

Godfather Actor Carmine Caridi, Who Was Expelled from the Academy, Dies at 85
Carmine Caridi, best known for his role as Carmine Rosato in The Godfather: Part II, has died at age 85. TMZ first reported the news on Wednesday.

The actor died on Tuesday, and had been in a coma at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

He remains one of only three actors to play two different roles in the Godfather film franchise, as he portrayed Albert Volpe in the third film, who is killed at a hotel in Atlantic City.

His character in the second film, Carmine Rosato, was heavily involved in the feud with Frank Pentangeli (Michael Gazzo).

Additional movie roles for
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10 Things About Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park You Never Knew

It's a strange piece of pop culture history from a time when Kiss ruled the world. A legendarily wacky production full of hilariously ridiculous anecdotes resulted in one awesomely bad made-for-tv movie, starring a super-powered Kiss vs. an evil inventor and some robot imposters at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Here we're taking a look at 10 things you never knew about Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park.

It was supposed to be A Hard Day's Night meets Star Wars

NBC aired Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park a few days before Halloween, 1978. At the time, few things were bigger in pop culture than Star Wars and Kiss. Worn out by rigorous touring and recording schedules and the worsening substance abuse problems of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, some of the Kiss guys and the people around them saw comic books, television, and movies as the next logical steps for
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It Came From The Tube: The Strange Possession Of Mrs. Oliver (1977)

  • DailyDead
TV horror lives and dies by the pen. From the ‘50s to the ‘90s, network TV shows and movies simply couldn’t carry the weight of special effects, and the content restrictions placed on TV (before the advent of cable, I’m talking the Big Three – ABC, CBS, NBC) back in the day did not allow for the most part a visceral experience. (Oh how times have changed.) So often the tale itself would have to suffice, and if it was gripping enough, blood speckled walls and torn limbs weren’t even necessary. Case in point: The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver (1977), an NBC Monday Night at the Movies written by none other than Richard Matheson, starring Karen Black.

Premiering Monday, February 28th, 1977, Strange’s beat down would come at the hands of ABC’s Monday Night Movie (I just love the creative monikers), which regularly trounced any and all comers in that time slot.
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Rock n' Roll High School vs. Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park

Jim Knipfel Sep 3, 2019

The 1970s New York music scene produced more than disco movies, they also brought us rock and roll comic book heroes.

The first concert I ever saw was Kiss during their Destroyer tour. My parents had seen some clips of them on the TV and were scared to death. The makeup, the costumes, the pyrotechnics, all the fire-breathing and blood-spitting had them convinced that Kiss was the most wicked, demonic band on Earth (second only to Alice Cooper), and that if I went to the show I’d undoubtedly become addicted to heroin, possessed by the devil, or at the very least be kidnapped. I didn’t bring up the rumor that Kiss was actually an acronym for Knights in Satan’s Service, nor that the possibility of demonic corruption was exactly why I wanted to see the show.

Well, I went and wasn’t sold into slavery.
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12 Reasons Why Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park is the Best Worst Movie Ever

Shock looks at the weirdest and awesomely worst rock/horror flick of all time. There is no other film quite like 1978’s Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park. A dumbed down, rocked-up retelling of the classic The Phantom Of The Opera but set in an amusement park and starring a big comic book rock band,…

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‘Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery’ DVD Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, Grey Griffin, Matthew Lillard, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer, Pauley Perrette, Jennifer Carpenter, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Doc McGhee | Written by Kevin Shinick, James Krieg | Directed by Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone

There was a time in the late 70s, at the height of the musicals comeback, when Hollywood went knocking on many a musicians door in an attempt to find the next big thing in the genre. Of course being one of the biggest bands on the planet in the 70s, that meant producers tapped Kiss for movie stardom. After all, Kiss were already known for extraordinary over-the-top stage shows and had their own Marvel Comic where they were not just rock gods but superheroes!

And so cult-classic Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park was born… Directed by Gordon Hessler (Scream and Scream Again, Murders in the Rue Morgue
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Watch: Terry Gilliam's Animated Title Sequence For 'Cry Of The Banshee' Starring Vincent Price

Pop quiz – what is Terry Gilliam’s earliest credited work on a feature film? If you guessed anything “Monty Python” related, you’re actually a tad off. A year before “Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus,” and five years before “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the actor/writer/director/everything man proved just how much of a film factotum he really is. Though he’d been working in TV since the late '60s, Gilliam’s first feature credit came in 1970 in the form of title designer for “Cry of the Banshee.” If you’re thinking, “Cry of the what?” you’re probably not alone. At all. Directed by Gordon Hessler — whose credits also include “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park” and twelve episodes of “CHiPs” — the film stars Vincent Price as Lord Edward Whitman, an evil Elizabethan nobleman who tries to exterminate an entire coven of witches. (An
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Flashback: Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park

  • Cinelinx
In 1978, there were two things on the minds of boys ages 5 to 16. Ok, maybe three. They were Kiss, Star Wars, and girls. You pick the order they were in for you personally. I was 6, so girls really hadn't figured into the equation yet.

Girls were on boys' minds for the obvious reasons. Star Wars was popular because it had just been released the year before and blew everyone away with its groundbreaking, never-before-seen special effects and imagery. After only being around since 1973, Kiss was the hottest band in the world because of their shockingly explosive on-stage spectacle and look. They had already released several best-selling studio, live, and solo albums. They had t-shirts, stickers, belt buckles, and everything else you can think of with their logo and likenesses plastered on them. The band even had a comic book that featured the members as superheroes that was published through Marvel Comics.
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Director Gordon Hessler Dead at 83 – Worked with Vincent Price and Ray Harryhausen

Gordon Hessler passed away in his sleep January 19th at the age of 83. An underrated horror director, Hessler cut his teeth on the Hitchcock Presents TV show then helmed several genuinely creepy and atmospheric British films. He worked with Vincent Price three times, all with scripts by Christopher Wicking; Scream & Scream Again (1970) was an outrageous sci-fi/horror hybrid that presented a berserk view of swinging 60′s London (and also starred Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee). Cry Of The Banshee (1970) was gritty and mean-spirited featuring Price as a sadistic monarch with an intense hatred of witchcraft and a sardonic sense of macabre. The Oblong Box (1969 – co-starring Chris Lee) was a dark and moody tale of voodoo, body snatching, medical experiments, brotherly betrayal, and being buried alive.

Hessler’s Murders In The Rue Morgue was like a Vincent Price movie without Price (it starred Herbert Lom and Jason Robards). It mixed Poe
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Exclusive: Mc Bat Commander Talks The Aquabats! Super Show! Season 1 DVD and Season 2 Premiere!

Exclusive: Mc Bat Commander Talks The Aquabats! Super Show! Season 1 DVD and Season 2 Premiere!
Mc Bat Commander (aka Christian Jacobs) talks The Aquabats! Super Show! Season 1 DVD and Season 2 Premiere!

Somewhere...Out in the middle of an Orange County Citrus Grove... Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park accidentally banged up against Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers...And thus, The Aquabats! Super Show! was born! This story of five heroes who travel the world in their battle tram to fight evil is a glorious blast of silly funcore that's so unstoppable, and so unbelievable, you and your kids will want to watch it again and again, which is now possible with this week's debut of The Aquabats! Super Show! Season One DVD!

That's not all! The Aquabats! Super Show! Season 2 is set to debut glorious all-new episodes this June on the Hub! Can you believe it? We can't! To celebrate this tasty gift to the world, we caught up with the show's creator and star,
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It Came From 1980x: Cannibal Terror – Aesop’s Fables for Kidnappers

What can I say about the cannibal subgenre that stormed Euro cinema during the 70′s and 80′s? I love ‘em. I love ‘em when they’re good. I love them when they are not so good. I love them when they are an excuse to put naked women on the screen and cover them in Crayola paint (or reasonable knock off). There are very few that I dislike and most of the ones I dislike came about toward the end of the late 80′s as knock-offs of the best knock-offs that the subgenre ever produced. I’m looking at you Green Inferno (not the soon to be released Eli Roth homage picture either). Today we’re here to discuss Cannibal Terror, a Euro-Cine picture distributed by Severin Films and full of exploitation gold. Hope you brought your appetites because 1980x is going to the jungle, hungry, horny and ready to
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New Who Review: “Nightmare in Silver”

  • Comicmix
Not since Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park has the an amusement park been made the center of a thriller so perfectly. The return (and re-threatening) of a classic villain, a heck of a guest cast and a script by Neil Gaiman. Seems like a dream, but mix it all together and it’s a…

Nightmare In Silver

by Neil Gaiman

Directed by Stephen Woolfenden

After last week’s last-minute extortion, Clara’s charges Angie and Artie are granted a trip on the Tardis to Hedgewick’s World, the greatest amusement park ever. But hidden beneath it is a dangerous secret – A vast sleeping army of Cybermen, under repair and improvement for a thousand years…and they are ready to return.

Guest Star Report

Warwick Davis (Porridge) has a list of genre longer than … Ok, it’s long. Starting off with Wicket in Return of the Jedi and Willow
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Where on the Shelf Is...Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park

  • JoBlo
Welcome to "Where on the Shelf Is..." In this column, I look at great TV shows and movies that have never been on DVD and/or Blu-ray. For your pleasure and out of all of our frustrations, this column examines the Where, When and, of course, Why?! of these non-releases. Up this week is...Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park What Is It?: Despite the fact you can only name two of their songs, Kiss is frequently listed as one of the greatest hard rock/metal groups ever. At the...
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The Best View-Master Dream Themes Ever

  • FEARnet
Any of you out there remember the Gaf View-Master? I sure do, and I still own one. In the days before home video, the hand-held 3D viewer was often the only way kids could replay images from their favorite movies, TV shows, theme parks and vacation spots. Sure, it was just a series of still images in a slideshow format, but it was in freakin' 3D, and you could watch it anywhere. Nathan Martin, creator of movie blog Cinecraze, remembers the View-Master fondly... so much, in fact, that he put together a series of mockup View-Master concepts that we'd all really love to see. “They sure don't make them like they used to,” he writes, “and I always wished they'd make 'em like they never did before.” To better visualize those childhood dreams that never quite came true, he created View-Master concepts for classics like Star Wars and the like,
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Nerd Approved: Idw's Kiss Comics Continue Winning Streak with Unique Concepts and Storylines

  • Cinelinx
To say that Idw Publishing has successfully revived the Kiss comic franchise in a unique and entertaining manner would be an understatement. The band has become an energy that surpasses four physical bodies and now can be immortalized through the spiritual transportation of their mystical souls to other individuals… or possibly life forms? It's sort of like how the real group will live on for many more decades through countless tribute bands across the world. If fans get on board and stay onboard, there's no limit to the adventures we could see the "Four-Who-Are-One" embark on.

In the second story arc of the ongoing series (issues #3 and #4), "World Without Heroes," writer Tom Waltz takes us into an engrossing time of swords, sorcery, dragons, wizards, and fair maidens. Four opposing rulers control a land and its alienated natives. The discord between the overlords gives the sinister Destroyer a perfect opportunity to
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Kiss Issues #1 and #2 Comic Book Review

  • Cinelinx
The rock band Kiss is no stranger to the comic book world. Ever since their debut appearance in 1977's issue #12 of Marvel's Howard the Duck monthly series, the Starchild, the Demon, the Spaceman, and the Catman have become not only rock stars but superheroes. The foursome has appeared in two magazine-format comics bookending their television movie exploits in Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park. Since then, they've appeared in three different series published through Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Platinum Studios. Let's not forget their latest appearance in Archie Comics.

Idw Publishing partnered with Kiss to continue their adventures and expand on the mythology behind the band in their comic book form. They are no longer just four individuals given powers by talismans. They are supernatural forces who work for the Elder while embodying different individuals as they jump through time battling the Destroyer and his evil minions.
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Kiss Issues #1 and #2 Comic Book Review

  • Cinelinx
The rock band Kiss is no stranger to the comic book world. Ever since their debut appearance in 1977's issue #12 of Marvel's Howard the Duck monthly series, the Starchild, the Demon, the Spaceman, and the Catman have become not only rock stars but superheroes. The foursome has appeared in two magazine-format comics bookending their television movie exploits in Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park. Since then, they've appeared in three different series published through Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Platinum Studios. Let's not forget their latest appearance in Archie Comics.

Idw Publishing partnered with Kiss to continue their adventures and expand on the mythology behind the band in their comic book form. They are no longer just four individuals given powers by talismans. They are supernatural forces who work for the Elder while embodying different individuals as they jump through time battling the Destroyer and his evil minions.

Make-Up Clusterfuck Time!

So, folks…I’ve been pretty lazy in my necessary duties as a staffer at the Liberal Dead. I don’t really pull my weight and even though I’m not doing this for pay or anything like that, I do feel consequences whenever I don’t pitch in. And it’s not because of my editors or anything—no, every single person at Liberal Dead is a great person who understands that I’m a busy man. I still feel like I have an obligation, however, to present my corner of weirdo horror cinema to you, the reader. As a result, it’s time for me to make it up to you. Simple sex won’t suffice. We’re going straight-out clusterfuck on this one. I present unto you as many reviews as I can do in one weekend, in one big, snappy package. I hope it’s enough.
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Kiss and Archie Fight Monsters in New Comic

Kiss and Archie Fight Monsters in New Comic
If you thought the TV movie Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park was a bit of a stretch for the rock & roll overlords, you might not be ready for this one: teen comic-book hero Archie and his pals Betty, Veronica and Jughead – the same group (well, sort of) behind the #1 pop single "Sugar, Sugar" back in 1969 – will be teaming up with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and company to do battle with monsters in a new Archie Comics storyline. The cover art and a trailer are waiting below, so take a deep breath and jump... Archie writer Alex Segura stated that the four-issue series, which pits the two bands against vampires, werewolves and zombies, "brings together two pieces of Americana for the first time."...
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The Curse of the Melody Lives On in New White Trailer

Remember Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park? Well, in case you missed it, the new Korean horror film White is kind of like that only nowhere near as cool. Still, it is home to hot Asian chicks, and you really can't go wrong there.

White stars the real-life lead singer of the hit girl group T-ara. White sold to Festive for Singapore and Malaysia on the strength of its teaser trailer and poster at Hong Kong Filmart. Directed by Kim Gok and Kim Sun, the film is making its market premiere during Cannes 2011.

Check out the latest trailer below.

Synopsis

Girl group Pink Dolls, made up of the lead singers Jenny and A-rang, former backup dancer Eun-ju, and rapper Shin-ji, are struggling to get their name out. In the new office the group’s agency moves into, Eun-ju finds an old videotape of an untitled music video. The song
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