Phantom in Stage 28 from "fright knight"

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Phantom in Stage 28 from "fright knight"

Post by rulloa81 » Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:24 pm

When I first saw the season 4 episode "Fright Knight" I thought that the Phantom of stage 28 was just a story that they made up for Knight Rider. I went to Universal Studios Hollywood today and I found out during the Studio Tour that there really is a rumor that stage 28 is haunted by a Phantom that wears a black hood and rides on a bike. That is exactly what we see in the the Knight Rider episode "Fright Knight" when Michael investigates the phantom. Stage 28 is the oldest stage on the Universal Studios lot and it was built more than 80 years ago. The rumor of the phantom has been around ever since. By the way I got to see the old western building that appears at the beginning of the episode when the stunt-man was injured by the additional explosive. The only thing I miss about Universal Studios is the KITT car that they used to have on display there. It's gone I wonder what happened to it. But at least they still have the Back-to-the Future Delorean. I wonder if they'll ever bring a KITT replica back.

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Post by TurbomanKnight » Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:00 pm

You got any pictures of the DeLorean?
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Post by Skav » Sat Aug 26, 2006 3:18 am

They probably took kitt away for repairs. They do it quite a lot.

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Post by rulloa81 » Sat Aug 26, 2006 4:19 am

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Post by FuzzieDice » Sun Aug 27, 2006 12:39 am

Cool story and great photos. :)

I saw in a post in one of the replica forums that Universal let a lot of KITTs just rust away in the back lot. Someone had posted pictures of one of the rusted out, gutted KITT cars. :(

I guess the others are either in museums or bought by collectors, etc.

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Post by James_kr » Sun Aug 27, 2006 5:42 am

Have you got a link to that topic fuzziedice? Or which site you saw that on because that sort of shows what has happened to them.

I remember seeing that Delorean two years ago.

Its a shame just how run down it is, it even has a bend in the front over the light and the inside isn't really like the movie I guess they had mock ups of there own too.
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Post by Joe Huth » Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:28 am

Check this out - it talks about the history of Stage 28 and mentions Knight Rider:

http://www.theatrecrafts.com/studiotour/ush/frontlot/stage28.html

I never knew the Phantom of Stage 28 was anything more than something the Knight Rider writers made up!

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Post by Wizster » Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:39 am

I think it's nice they included a little truth to a episode

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Post by FuzzieDice » Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:33 pm

Cool link, Joe! :)

James_kr - Unfortunately, I don't have the link. I think I saw it at the Knight Registries site. Thing is, they may have deleted some of the older posts so I don't know if it's still there.

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Post by TurbomanKnight » Sun Aug 27, 2006 10:04 pm

They taped "The Fast And the Furious" there too?!?! :shock:
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Post by Fantine » Mon Aug 28, 2006 4:17 pm

Ah, but even that legend can perhaps trace its roots back to Gaston Leroux's gothic novel.


"The Opera ghost really existed. He was not, as was long believed, a creature of the imagination of the artists, the superstition of the managers, or a product of the absurd and impressionable brains of the young ladies of the ballet, their mothers, the box-keepers, the cloak-room attendants or the concierge. Yes, he existed in flesh and blood, although he assumed the complete appearance of a real phantom; that is to say, of a spectral shade."


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Post by FuzzieDice » Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:29 pm

Fantine, I think I vaguely remember something about that. Didn't the original Phantom, wasn't he a disfigured (from birth) composer who had to hide his face? I don't know but there may have been speculation in more recent years that he may have suffered from Elephant-man type disease or something?

But I read he wasn't a ghost, but actually alive, and wanted to participate but couldn't due to his disfigurement.

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Post by Fantine » Mon Aug 28, 2006 7:08 pm

Yeah, in the novel Erik (the phantom) was born with a disfigurement so horrible it looked as if he had a "death's head". He was alive, he simply played tricks on (and sometimes murdered) the Opera staff and blackmailed the managers for something like 20,000 francs a month.

I highly reccomend both Gaston Leroux's original book "The Phantom of the Opera" and Susan Kay's "Phantom". Fiction of course, but a lot of fun to read. (Of course that goes double for Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage version.)

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Post by kitt_rulz » Mon Aug 28, 2006 8:49 pm

FuzzieDice wrote:I saw in a post in one of the replica forums that Universal let a lot of KITTs just rust away in the back lot. Someone had posted pictures of one of the rusted out, gutted KITT cars. :(


What a sad day for day for Knight Rider fans. :cry:
RIP old KITT cars! :cry: :cry:
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Post by LadyV2000 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:46 am

How ironic is this?! I come to this thread and my roomate is currently watching the Phantom of the Opera. Weird. :?
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