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"This door sounds brown!"
  — Crow (as Kathy Ireland)


The Movie

Deep Roy in Alien from L.A.

Synopsis

Wanda Saknussemm (Ireland) is a nerdy social misfit with large glasses and a squeaky voice who lives in Los Angeles and works at a diner. After being dumped by her boyfriend for "not having a sense of adventure", Wanda is informed by a letter that her father, an archaeologist, has died. She flies to northern Africa and while going through her father's belongings, she finds his notes about Atlantis, apparently an alien ship that crashed millennia ago and sank into the center of the Earth. Wanda comes across a chamber beneath her father's apartment and accidentally sets off a chain of events that ultimately cause her to fall into a deep hole. An unharmed Wanda wakes up deep within the Earth to find Gus (William R. Moses), a miner whom she protects from being slain by two people. Gus, who has a very inconsistent Australian accent, agrees to help Wanda find her father, whom she believes is alive and trapped underground. Wanda soon discovers that both she and her father are believed to be spies planning an invasion of Atlantis.

Kathy Ireland in Alien from L.A.

During her adventures, Wanda's appearance changes from nerdy to attractive (by removing her glasses and using a steam vent to clean her skin). People from the surface world are referred to as "aliens" by Atlanteans, and when Wanda is overheard talking about Malibu Beach by a low-life informant (Janie Du Plessis), she soon becomes a hunted woman and must dodge efforts at capture, both from the mysterious "Government House" and from thugs in the pay of the crime lord Mambino (Deep Roy).

Much mention of Wanda's "big bones" are made during these sequences.

Wanda's efforts at escape are aided by Charmin (Thom Matthews), a handsome rogue who (briefly) assists her flight and falls for Wanda. She is ultimately captured by the evil General Pykov (Du Plessis again), who wants to kill both Wanda and her incarcerated father. The Atlantean leader decides to free Wanda and her father, provided they remain quiet about Atlantis. Gus shows up and helps the duo escape while fighting off General Pykov and her soldiers. Wanda and her father board a ship that takes them back to the surface and the film ends with Wanda on the beach, wearing a bikini and a sarong. She refuses the advances of her ex-boyfriend and is soon reunited with Charmin, who inexplicably appears on a motorcycle.

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Information

  • Significant amounts of footage from this film (both used and unused) was utilized to comprise the bulk of one of Albert Pyun's later (uncredited) projects- Journey to the Center of the Earth.  While that movie begins as a modernized adaptation of the classic Jules Verne novel, it then quickly changes into a continuation of Alien from L.A. using recycled footage to extend it to feature-length.
  • This was the first feature film for supermodel Kathy Ireland.
  • Despite receiving second billing in the opening credits, it almost an hour into the film before actor Thom Mathews appears.
  • This movie prominently features actor-of-small-stature Deep Roy. Roy has had a storied career. He's one of two actors to hold the "sci-fi trifecta," appearing in the Doctor Who, Star Wars, and Star Trek franchises (Simon Pegg is the other). He also has appeared in Blakes' 7, The NeverEnding Story, Flash Gordon, Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (playing all of the Oompa Loomas), and many other highly-regarded productions.
  • Comedy Central broadcast this film in its original, non-riffed state some time after MST3K was cancelled. Some fans have found this decision to be odd (and potentially insulting), since the film contains little content that would qualify it as a comedy.
  • Followed by Outlaw in the same season, Alien from L.A. is the first of two films on the show to have been produced by The Cannon Group, a prolific B-movie studio run by producer duo Golan-Globus (as pointed out by Dr. Forrester).

The Episode

Host Segments

Vend-a-gut

Prologue: Crow presides as Drill Sergeant over boot camp at Fort Satellite of Love, Mike is blindfolded and Tom Servo is completely field stripped.

Segment One / Invention exchange: Dr. F presents the Vend-A-Gut, which makes getting a donor organ as easy as getting a Snickers bar. Mike demonstrates Fridge Udders. Tom and Crow try to cow tip the fridge and Crow ends up crushed underneath it.

Segment Two: Crow, Tom, and Mike play guess the supermodel. The bots claim it’s Clara Peller. Mike won't believe it. (The clues actually point to Paulina Porizkova.)

Teats!

Segment Three: Crow, Tom, and Mike sing "My Wild Irish Ireland," with Tom doing the Kathy Ireland part. Pathetically, Mike starts to think Tom really is Kathy.

Segment Four: Crow, Tom, and Mike play the "guess Kathy’s emotions" game, in which all of the emotions are "DULL SURPRISE!"

Segment Five: Mike and the 'Bots read a letter from a very inquisitive viewer. Frank is still feeding change to the Vend-A-Gut. Dr. Forrester interrupts Frank's counting, forcing Frank to start over.

Stinger: Kathy says "Yuck!"

Crow, Tom, and Mike sing "My Wild Irish Ireland"

MST3K cast

Trivia

  • "My Wild Irish Ireland" written and arranged by: Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson and David Sussman.
  • The recurring joke phrase "Dull surprise!" comes from this episode.
  • Unusual Credits: The sound of quarters continuing to pour out of the Vend-a-gut coin return slot can be heard during the first half of the credits.
  • $150,000 in quarters would weigh 7,500 pounds. If stacked, the pile would be 3,450 feet tall (about 2/3 of a mile).

Callbacks

Obscure References

  • "This is my robot. There are many like it, but this one is mine."

"This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine." is the first line of the Rifleman's Creed, a part of basic United States Marine Corps doctrine.

  • "I want to watch Sisters!"

Sisters was a TV drama series that aired from 1991 to 1996. It was geared towards women viewers.

  • "And what is the name of your robot?"

Crow is paraphrasing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) from Full Metal Jacket. Mike's crazed facial expression at the beginning of the next segment is a parody of the character Pyle's mental breakdown from the same film.

  • "Getting dumped in... about an hour."

A parody of the advertising slogan for LensCrafters.

  • "He looks like Clint Howard!"

Ron Howard's brother Clint is a prolific B-movie actor, and occasionally appears in films directed by his better known sibling.

  • "Going sideways, Mr. Saknussemm?"

A parody of the spoken-word intro to the Aerosmith song "Love in an Elevator". Saknussem is the name of a character from Journey to the Center of the Earth.

  • "Hey, it's the Blue Mosque!" "No, the Blue Mosque isn't on a hill!"

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, is a converted Eastern Orthodox Church and an Istanbul landmark.

  • "When I squint, you look like Ian Anderson!"

Ian Anderson is the lead singer of Jethro Tull.

  • "Saigon. Shucks. I can't believe I'm still in Saigon!"

A parody of the opening line from Apocalypse Now.

  • "Has anybody here seen my old friend John?"

A quote from the song "Abraham, Martin & John".

  • "Once I had a love and it was a gas..."

A line from the song "Heart Of Glass" by Blondie This is said when a character resembling Blondie's lead singer Debbie Harry walks by Wanda.

  • "Divorced? Harassed by creditors?"

An old slogan for TV commercials promoting a firm of lawyers.

  • "It's Home Alone 3: The Destruction of Jared-Syn!"

Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn is a 3-D post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie released in 1983. At the time of this episode's production, the film Home Alone 3 had not yet been made.

  • "It's a Samurai!"

The Suzuki Samurai is a compact SUV that drastically declined in popularity after a Consumer Reports article suggested that it was dangerously prone to rollovers.

  • "Schlepcar!"

A reference to the Sid and Marty Krofft TV show Wonderbug, in which a living jalopy named Schlepcar could magically become the dune buggy of the title.

  • "I wanna come over and roll in your clover and kiss your Blarney Stone."

The Blarney Stone is a famous Irish landmark where visitors kiss it for good luck. Crow is probably using this as a euphemism.

  • "Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry..."

Quoted from "Surrey with the Fringe on Top", a song from the musical Oklahoma!.

  • "One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble!"

A lyric from the song "One Night in Bangkok" from the musical Chess. It became a popular radio single with vocals by Murray Head.

  • "Tonight! Sam Giancana sings Pagliaccii."

Sam Giancana was a Sicilian American gangster whose exploits influenced those depicted in The Godfather. Pagliacci is an Italian opera famous for an opera singer dressed as a clown.

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MST3K 516 Promo

  • "Hey, it's a Nelson!"

A reference to the pop-metal band Nelson, fronted by Ricky Nelson's twin sons. They were known for their long, straight blond hair.

  • "It's like a Peter Greenaway set!"

Peter Greenaway is the director of such films as The Belly of an Architect and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover.

  • "Live the good life in the off-world colonies!"

A quote from Blade Runner.

  • "You can't have any pudding if you don't eat your meat!"

A quote from the spoken-word outro to Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall".

  • "Paul Westerberg to the rescue!"

Paul Westerberg is the lead singer of The Replacements.

  • "It's the cover of Tommy!"

The Who's Tommy album cover is similar to the background in the shot.

  • "Maybe they'll run into Spinal Tap back there!"

A reference to the scene in This Is Spinal Tap where the titular band gets lost in the underground tunnels of a concert hall.

  • "Tonight, kids- something really scary!"

Crow is imitating Count Floyd, a character from SCTV.

  • "Are they on Captain Ron's boat?"

Captain Ron is a 1992 comedy movie starring Kurt Russell.

Video releases

MST3K DVD Case