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Mortal Kombat won't feature one iconic fatality from the video games

Dan Seddon
·2-min read
Photo credit: Mark Rogers - Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Mark Rogers - Warner Bros.

Mortal Kombat director Simon McQuoid has explained why one iconic (and very gory) fatality didn't make it into his movie adaptation.

Chatting to WAtoday, McQuoid made reference to Sub-Zero's famous "spine rip", where the head and spinal column is torn from an opponent's corpse.

"That would have been a bridge too far. I think we did as much as we could," he said of the violence.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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Meanwhile, Lewis Tan, who stars as Cole Young, recently admitted that one of the movie adaptation's death scenes left him searching for the sick bucket on set.

"They're pretty gruesome," he said of the fatalities. "I walked on set one day and I didn't know what was going on, and I accidentally walked into a post-fatality set and I felt pretty sick to my stomach.

Photo credit: Mark Rogers - Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Mark Rogers - Warner Bros.

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"I was like, 'What the hell is this? What happened here?' It looked like somebody destroyed a buffet line, but there was no food."

Tan also said that while McQuoid was determined to capture the games' gruesome nature, "he didn't just try to be super gory and crazy".

"I'm not into all that, but I think if you're going to do Mortal Kombat correctly, you've got to have it," he added.

Mortal Kombat is due for release in the US on April 23 in cinemas and on HBO Max. Its UK release date has not yet been confirmed.

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