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Mortal Kombat: The Definitive Video Game Movie of the '90s

Matthew Byrd Aug 18, 2019

Mortal Kombat: The Movie is ridiculous, dated, awkward, and the one essential piece of video game movie history.

Many modern video game movies suffer from the delusion that they must be "good." Mortal Kombat didn't have that problem.

Released in 1995, Mortal Kombat followed what some call the unholy trinity of early ‘90s video game adaptations: Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon, and Street Fighter. The legacy of those films are forever entangled, but it's not entirely fair to lump them together in terms of either quality or success. For instance, Street Fighter did fairly well for itself at the box office (it grossed almost $100 million off a $35 million budget) and is actually fondly remembered by some for its irreverent nature and Raul Julia’s show-stealing final performance. Comparatively, Double Dragon and Super Mario Bros. both failed to make their budgets back (the latter is considered to be a

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