While not my overall favorite of the early Season 8 bunch, I still enjoy the hell out of this and find a great deal worth celebrating.
You know what gets me about this episode? That opening with the English professor. Until we get “Century 21 Calling” tacked onto The Space Children, that weird intro to the movie has the feel and flavor of an MST3K short. And you gotta dig that, since we didn’t get very many of those in this part of MST3K’s run. His speech is SO DAMN WEIRD, it’s like it was tailor-made for riffing. When Crow says that “he gets $2 million a picture,” I howl.
I don’t know, I find it weird that while this movie does feature a lot of rock climbing (rock climbing, folks… rock climbing) and rock descending, it doesn’t feel quite as oppressive as it does in The Lost Continent.
I enjoyed the riffing that John Agar took in Revenge of the Creature, so when I saw that it was Round 2 between him and the MST3K folks, I was cheering so hard for a good joshing at his expense, and we got just that! They played up his pomposity so well (especially that one point inside the mountain where Mike monologues as his character) that it’s hardly any wonder why we cheer when Mike riffs: “I’m John, the pompous ass!”
MST3K always makes me laugh no matter how often I revisit the episodes, but the dance scene never fails to make me lose it. It grinds the film to a halt and looks silly as hell, and I have to love Servo’s riffs of “And away we goooooooo!”, “Thank you, Bjork”, and “Ishtar’s gonna fry somebody’s ass for booking her.”
It’s a hoot to see Hugh Beaumont here, and it’s a golden joke that Crow has in “June, not tonight!” as a mole person puts a sack over his character’s head.
Can I just say that I like the character of Adad and get genuinely pissed off over that last-minute studio-mandated “well, the underground woman and the surface-dwelling man can’t be together, so she’s gotta die” ending? It’s one of those MST3K’d movies that gets me genuinely angry.
Not gonna lie, it’s a weird trip seeing this movie after getting that clip of The Mole People in the Season 5 experiment, The Wild Wild World of Batwoman, or seeing the mole people as Dr. Forrester’s assistants in earlier seasons of MST3K, even.