Cult Film Club Episode 7: Mortal Kombat!

In Episode 7 of the Cult Film Club, hosts Jaime, Paxton and Shawn are traveling to the realm of Outworld to do battle with Shang Sung, Goro, and Kano while watching the 1995 martial arts flick Mortal Kombat!  Starring Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Bridgette Wilson, and Linden Ashby, this flick was adapted from the hyper violent video game series and focuses on three heroes on a quest to save our world from being enslaved by the forces of evil in a fighting tournament called Mortal Kombat. The flick was directed by Paul WS Anderson, the guy who also brought us Event Horizon, Resident Evil, and Aliens Vs. Predator, so a classy filmmaker is what we’re dealing with.

In the episode we discuss the the game that spawned the flick, Asian Farrah Fawcett hairdos, Kano’s sort of pathetic spittal, and aged 90s CGI.  We also take a closer look at some of the actors in our regular segment, Hey Do I Know That Guy, as well as playing Hollywood moguls in a segment we like to call It’s Time For a Recast!

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  • Ben Rollier

    Finally, a movie I’ve seen!

    My brothers and I somehow convinced my Dad to take us to see this 3 times in the theaters. Despite not being able to play the game, outside of the occasional trip to the arcade, we were slightly obsessed with MK.

    We had the soundtrack, Mortal Kombat the album (that Shawn mentioned, still have it) and we actually saw the live MK show when it came here on tour.

    Really a fun (and infinitely quotable) movie to watch. Unlike the 2nd one, which was a steaming pile of crap.

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Hmmm, honestly there’s nothing all that bad in the film (violence or language wise.) It feels like the live action equivalent to an episode of G.I. Joe A Real American Hero to me. I’d say maybe 8 would be a good age? Of course, at 8 I was watching stuff like Mad Max and the Road Warrior and Robocop at 10, so I might be a bad gauge… ;)

      • Ben Rollier

        Well, Furio is almost 4 and he’s seen seen about 1/3 of T2 (which he thought was awesome). I think he could probably handle it. Might give him just a bit longer though :)

        • http://www.shezcrafti.com/ ShezCrafti

          Your son is named Furio? That’s bad ass!

          • Ben Rollier

            Haha, yeah, Furio Anthony. And the twins are Rocco and Roxy. They’re all pretty badass ;)

          • http://www.shezcrafti.com/ ShezCrafti

            More kickass names. They sound like mobsters.

          • Ben Rollier

            Well … they trash my house, take all my money and still expect me to do favors for them so, I guess they kinda are

  • Ben Rollier

    Also, I think that Bridgette Wilson would’ve been okay as Sonya, if she would have just muscled-up a little. Nothing crazy but, a little muscle definition would’ve been good. Her fight with Kano was definitely the least believable.

    • http://www.shezcrafti.com/ ShezCrafti

      At the very least they could have spray-tanned some abs on her.

  • http://www.rediscoverthe80s.com/ Jason G

    Great episode guys.

    I have such a thing for Bridgette Wilson since Billy Madison and this movie. She didn’t need abs or muscles. She was hot no matter what crappy role she was given or took. She has that smile that you want to take home to mom and dad.

    Abs are overrated…

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Thanks man! Yeah, Billy Madison is such an underrated flick. I’m pretty sure I can quote every single line of dialogue in that flick…

  • DUSTINDUSTRIES

    I like the Techo Mortal Kombat intro, I managed to download your Podcast and listen to it on a portable speaker while I was getting ready for work. Entertaining and easy listening, thanks CFC.

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Thank you for listening man, and for sticking with us!

  • foxpenguin

    I only recently discovered this podcast, which I enjoy a lot!

    I imagine you already found your answer Shawn, but in case you didn’t … in your recast, I believe you were looking for Dean Winters, who plays Danger or Trouble in those insurance ads, and who played Dennis Duffy on 30 Rock: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0935921/

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Thanks Fox! And thanks for providing his name, I had no idea he was on 30 Rock. Totally need to catch up with that series…

  • Ammon

    I loved this movie. Great podcast.

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Thanks again Ammon, really glad we could entertain and engage. Also, this movie is so much fun, still!

  • http://www.moviestvshowssongsinreview.com/ amyrosepedersen

    As always, listening to you guys made this movie much better. I have seen this one as my brother and I use to play in a game console.