On this Off-Topic episode, Nolan is joined by Philip Yount and Thomas Foster — as well as special guests Mike Scott from the Adkins Undisputed podcast and Bryan Christopher from Daily Dead/Rue Morgue — to discuss MORTAL KOMBAT and its cinematic inspirations and contemporaries. The crew recount their personal histories with the bloody video game series and talk about some of their favorite movies that share its violent and over-the-top proclivities.
Movies/TV shows discussed on this episode: MORTAL KOMBAT (1995), MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION (1997), MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY (2011), MORTAL KOMBAT LEGENDS: SCORPION'S REVENGE (2020), ENTER THE DRAGON (1973), BLOODSPORT (1988), MAN OF TAI CHI (2013), THE RUNNING MAN (1987), UNDISPUTED 3: REDEMPTION (2010), BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986), BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL (2017), THE WOLVERINE (2013), DOUBLE DRAGON (1994), NINJA ASSASSIN (2009), 47 RONIN (2013), THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS (2012), COBRA KAI (2018), BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF (2001), GUYVER: DARK HERO (1994), ONG BAK 2 (2008), THE NIGHT COMES FOR US (2018), WARRIOR (2019), FIVE DEADLY VENOMS (1978), FIVE ELEMENTS NINJAS (1982), RIKI-OH: THE STORY OF RICKY (1991).
Links of interest and/or sources cited for research for this episode:
Mortal Podkast by Ben Mekler
AN ORAL HISTORY OF ‘MORTAL KOMBAT’ by Quinn Myers (Mel Magazine)
'Mortal Kombat': Untold Story of the Movie That "Kicked the Hell" Out of Everyone by Aaron Couch (The Hollywood Reporter)
STREET FIGHTER: THE MOVIE — WHAT WENT WRONG by Chris Plante (Polygon)
Undisputed 3 with Vyce Victus (Adkins Undisputed)
The Tournament with Jay Skipworth (Adkins Undisputed)
Universal Soldier-Day of Reckoning with Patrick Bromley (Adkins Undisputed)
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Episode 25: Godzilla Mania: Godzilla vs. MechaZilla w/ Philip Yount (Inside The Sequel) (podcast)
Episode 230: The 20th Century Movie Club: Monster Movies (The Dana Buckler Show) (podcast)
Let’s Scare Bryan to Death: THE BONEYARD with Terry Mesnard by Bryan Christopher (Daily Dead)
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