Journey to the Center of the Earth (1989 film)

Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 1989 science fiction film. It was a nominal sequel to the film Alien from L.A., both of which are (very) loosely based on the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.

Journey to the Center of the Earth
Directed byRusty Lemorande
Albert Pyun
Produced byYoram Globus
Menahem Golan
Written byDebra Ricci
Regina Davis
Kitty Chalmers
Rusty Lemorande
StarringEmo Philips
Paul Carafotes
Jaclyn Bernstein
Janet Du Plessis
Nicola Cowper
Kathy Ireland
Music byStephane Lee
Tim Stonewall
CinematographyTom Fraser
David Watkin
Edited byVictor Livingston
Rozanne Zingale
Distributed byThe Cannon Group
Release date
  • 1989 (1989)
CountryUnited States

Plot summary

Newly hired nanny Crystina arrives in Hawaii to discover that her charge is the dog of Nimrod, a rock star. Two brothers accidentally take the dog's basket to a local cave with their sister. The group of young people get lost in a cavern while exploring a volcano. The volcano explodes and while fleeing they discover the lost city of Atlantis, at the center of the Earth. Atlantis is inhabited, and view the groups arrival along with a separate visitor from the surface, Wanda Saknussemm, as an invasion. This lead the Atlanteans to prepare to invade the surface. [1] The children, nanny and Saknussemn must stop the invasion and escape to the surface



The production of the film was noted to be troubled and was stopped when the film was about halfway completed. Two years after the filming stopped, director Albert Pyun was hired to complete the film. with little budget to complete the project. Pyun brought in Ireland and decided to make the film a sequel of sorts to Alien form LA.


Moria noted that the film was a hodgepodge and a mess. What seems to have been an attempt to do a teen age version of the Verne book ends up with little to do with the book other than the underground setting. Creature Feature gave the movie 1 out of 5 stars, calling the film a mess and something that only vaguely resembles a feature film. [2] Common Sense media stated that the film's "plot is absurd and at times hard to follow, the acting is bad, and the film overall looks very low-budget" but that it was appropriate for most children. [3]


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