2.8/10
899
15 user 9 critic

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988)

PG | | Adventure | 30 July 1988 (Japan)
Young people exploring a cave in Hawaii fall into a hole, wind up in the lost city of Atlantis.

Directors:

Rusty Lemorande, Albert Pyun (uncredited)

Writers:

Debra Ricci, Sandra Berg (as Regina Davis) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $14.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

Taking the title from the novel by Jules Verne, this story takes his basic premise of the desire to travel to the center of the Earth. The travelers, using their craft, penetrate an active ... See full summary »

Director: William Dear
Stars: David Dundara, Farrah Forke, Kim Miyori
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

A nerdy teen-age girl goes looking for her missing archaeologist father, and stumbles into a strange subterranean civilization.

Director: Albert Pyun
Stars: Kathy Ireland, William R. Moses, Richard Haines
Adventure | Sci-Fi | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Remake of Jules Verne's classic story finds adventurers seeking a mysterious hidden land. They are joined by the wife of another man, who had previously gone on a similar expedition and disappeared.

Stars: Treat Williams, Jeremy London, Tushka Bergen
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

A California research institute is performing a teleportation experiment to send their military research team to Stuttgart, Germany. But something goes wrong, and the team ends up at the ... See full summary »

Directors: Davey Jones, Scott Wheeler
Stars: Greg Evigan, Dedee Pfeiffer, Jennifer Dorogi
Deceit (1990)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two outer-space aliens visit Earth with the intention of blowing it up, but they meet a hot blonde and decide to postpone the planet's destruction in order to try to score with her.

Director: Albert Pyun
Stars: Samantha Phillips, Norbert Weisser, Scott Paulin
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, stealing cars and robbing banks.

Director: Arthur Penn
Stars: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard
Dollman (Video 1991)
Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A hard-boiled, intergalactic policeman lands on Earth where he is only 12 inches tall.

Director: Albert Pyun
Stars: Tim Thomerson, Jackie Earle Haley, Kamala Lopez
Down Twisted (1987)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When a levelheaded waitress decides to help her shady friend against her better judgment, she becomes a target of a deadly international gang of thieves who are after a priceless San Lucas' relic. A bumbling stranger helps her.

Director: Albert Pyun
Stars: Carey Lowell, Charles Rocket, Trudy Dochterman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicola Cowper ... Crystina
Ilan Mitchell-Smith ... Bryan
Paul Carafotes ... Richard
Janie du Plessis Janie du Plessis ... Rykov / Shank
Jeff Celentano ... Tola (as Jeff Weston)
Jaclyn Bernstein ... Sara
Kathy Ireland ... Wanda Saknussemm
Lochner de Kock Lochner de Kock ... Professor Galba
Simon Poland ... Rodermann / Hairdresser
Jeremy Crutchley ... Billy Foul
Albert Maritz Albert Maritz ... Mago / Kepple / Lab Assistant
Russel Savadier Russel Savadier ... Loki / Reporter
Lynda Marshall Lynda Marshall ... Miss Ferry
Myra Chasen Myra Chasen ... Mrs. Wellington
Marius Du Plooy Marius Du Plooy ... William Wellington
Edit

Storyline

Young people exploring a cave in Hawaii fall into a hole, wind up in the lost city of Atlantis.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Explore the Impossible.

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1988 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Reise zum Mittelpunkt der Erde See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Kathy Ireland's character's name "Wanda Saknussemm" is a reference to "Arne Saknussemm," the Icelandic alchemist and explorer from Jules Verne's novel "Journey to the Center of the Earth" whose cryptic message sets the explorers on the path to the center of the Earth. See more »

Connections

Follows Alien from L.A. (1988) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The video rental probably cost more than the film production. (minor spoilers)
7 March 2006 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

Journey to the Center of the Earth is the story of some tourists of Hawaii, three of them siblings, and one of them a young British nanny babysitting a dog. When the siblings accidentally drive off in their jeep with the basket of dog biscuits, the nanny follows them (it might've just been safer to purchase more) all the way to the cave the siblings intended to explore (I guess). For some reason, they actually go in the cave and then, when the place starts caving in, they try to get out to no avail, except for the six-year-old sister who they tell to go get help. Meanwhile, the more they move around in the cave, the more they continue to plummet further and further towards the earths cavernous core. And behold, it is here where they find the City of Atlantis and its bizarre alien habitants who are living under the oppressive rule of one alien that doesn't want them asking to many questions about the worlds external to their own.

I see that Rusty Lemorande, the named director of the film has provided comments on this film, in which he explains that part of latter half of this film is actually the sequel to Alien in L.A. Well, whatever it was, it was an amazingly cheap movie that I would rank only slightly higher than City Limits (a 1988 sci-fi film also made on a non-existent budget) because at the least ending of this dreadful piece of mostly incoherent film-making that cuts corners where it can aims for some humor and amusement in the last 20 minutes when we finally see what life is like in the alien world at the center of the Earth. I also give it a two star rating rather than one because it was at times, funny, even if only in its subtleties. For example, the aliens asks the British girl if she's an alien and she explains that the Ministry should be sending her work visa shortly. Or when the alien girl finds Bryan and explains that he is in the city of Altantis and he mistakes this for Atlantic City, New Jersey. Little things like that make the idiocy of the first hour or so tolerable. Imagine how great the film could've been though if they had 1) actually intended to make it, and 2) actually had money to make it.

I do like how in the end, no one wonders what happened to the little sister who was sent away in the beginning to get help. She'd just be wandering around the Hawaiian caves and not too far from the erupting volcano, mind you.


10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed