Mystery Science Theater 3000: ALIEN FROM L.A.
July 27, 2016 8:32 PM - Season 5, Episode 16 - Subscribe

aka Odeon. "The people at the center of the earth are about to get a visitor." Wanda Saknussemm (Kathy Ireland) is a supposedly-geeky young woman whose archeologist father disappears down a deep hole. She goes to look for him and falls down same hole. On the other end is one of those "center of the earth" kinds of places, but instead of finding dinosaurs and prehistoric tribes it's full of Austrialians, living in a weird dystopia! The weirdness from there only escalates. Her improbable adventures cause her to lose the glasses and wear a bikini, making this the most laughable coming-out-of-her-shell story in memory. Another classic outing, with one of the most recent films they ever did. Alien From L.A. was made in 1988, produced by Cannon Group, stomping grounds of Israli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. For those who don't know, "Saknussmm" is the name of the guy from Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, indicating this movie was intended as an homage, though it really doesn't have a lot to do with it. The host segments in this one are particularly great. Dull surprise! Promo! YouTube, with annotations! (1h32m) Premiered November 20, 1993.

Episode 516 ALIEN FROM L.A.
Satellite News - MST3K Wikia - Mighty Jack's Episode Review - War of the Colossal Fan Guide - Annotated (text)

Daddy-O's Drive-In Dirt - Wikipedia - Rotten Tomatoes (Critics 0%, Audience 4%)

IMDB (1988, 3.1 stars)
"A nerdy teen-age girl goes looking for her missing archaeologist father, and stumbles into a strange subterranean civilization."
Directed by Albert Pyun. Written by him, Debra Ricci, Regina Davis and Sandra Berg. Starring Kathy Ireland, William R. Moses and Richard Haines.

Roger Ebert said: "[...]no other production organization in the world today—certainly not any of the seven Hollywood 'majors'—has taken more chances with serious, marginal films than Cannon." They made a whole lot of schlock though.
posted by JHarris (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
There's a perfectly reasonable premise for a film here. And...well, I'm sure Kathy Ireland tried her darnedest.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:31 PM on July 27, 2016 [1 favorite]

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posted by JHarris at 11:37 AM on July 28, 2016

This one is terrible. At least it'll be fun!
posted by valkane at 4:32 PM on July 28, 2016

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