ALIEN FROM L.A.
Albert Pyuns films from this 1980s period have a tendency to leave one scratching their head in wondering exactly what was going through his mind at the time. Quite possibly the inspiration for Alien from L.A. came from the then-recent success of Night of the Comet (1984), which reinterpreted the end of the world film as a Valley Girl comedy. With Alien from L.A., Pyun appears to have set out to do the same sort of thing with Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959), a version of which Golan-Globuss deeply trouble-ridden Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988) Pyun subsequently uncreditedly stepped in to finish filming (and moreover turned into a sequel to Alien from L.A.). The connection between Alien from L.A. and Journey to the Center of the Earth is made obvious by the naming of Kathy Irelands heroine Wanda Saknussemn after the explorer who left behind the plumb-bob in the film and Jules Verne novel.
In the lead role, Kathy Irelands sotto voce voice and bimbo naivete is something that quickly tires and is a part where Ireland does not convince at all. On the other hand, the underground world that Pyun creates is occasionally fascinating. Pyun gives the world a texture and depth it is full of colour, weirdly costumed and made-up characters, its own idiom and slang that more than successfully gives the impression of a world that exists beyond the edges of the frame. On the minus side, Pyun never does anything with this world excepting have Kathy Ireland being chased through it. Moreover, you are never entirely sure if he is trying to give us a Valley Girl parody of Journey to the Center of the Earth or make Alien from L.A. as a straightforward adventure.
One of the more bizarre elements of Alien from L.A. is when Pyun starts trying to turn the film into a fairytale there is a Prince Charming who turns up, while the adventure is bookended by various Once Upon a Time and And they lived happily ever after phrases. One can also pick up a reference to Brick Bardo, named after an actor in Ray Dennis Stecklers films, and is a character name that constantly pops up and is referred to in Albert Pyuns films.
Albert Pyuns other films are: The Sword and the Sorceror (1982), Radioactive Dreams (1986), Vicious Lips/Pleasure Planet (1987), Cyborg (1989), Deceit (1989), Captain America (1990), Dollman (1990), Brain Smasher: A Love Story (1993), Knights (1993), Nemesis (1993), Arcade (1994), Hong Kong 1997 (1994), Heatseeker (1995), Nemesis 2: Nebula (1995), Nemesis 3: Timelapse (1995), Adrenalin: Fear the Rush (1996), Nemesis 4: Death Angel (1996), Omega Doom (1996), Postmortem (1997), Ticker (2001), Infection (2005), Cool Air (2006), Bulletface (2007), Left for Dead (2007), Tales of an Ancient Empire (2010), The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper (2014) and Interstellar Civil War (2017).