The Spin-off Doctors: Mortal Kombat Annihilation

“That tattoo, I’ve seen it before. On a woman and a robot. They both tried to kill me.”

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is, in a word, glorious.

Let the Spin-off Doctors tell you why, and peruse some hot gif action while you listen: conradzimmerman.com/spin-off-doctor…t-annihilation/

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Veya
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Veya
To this movie’s(and the games’) credit, japanese war fans are a real thing, they served for two purposes, they were given to soldiers so that they could use the fans to cool themselves off from marching, and they were a weapon on their own to make sure the soldiers always had a weapon at hand in case of an ambush, and to serve as holdout weapons for Samurai in places that weapons weren’t allowed, if a tanto were to be found it would be easily identifiable as a weapon, but even if the fans were found, the Samurai can just… Read more »
Nitrium
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Nitrium

Shit I decided to watch The Room that Jim mentioned in this Podcast, and holy fucking shit! Starring, produced, written and directed by Tommy Wiseau, with just about the weirdest super bad and sleazy (borderline creepy) acting I’ve ever seen outside of porn. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f2f38ecac11198d9c79400aa2c4a3b940111690eb077b0e2d5b635166833c161.jpg

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

Seriously? I mean I get that it’s not a universal appeal, but ‘so bad it’s good’ isn’t something that’s limited to Jim. I love the Room precisely because it is so painfully awful in so many hilarious ways. It’s a fascinating train wreck.

But at least you rated it as being objectively exactly the same as Yooka-Laylee

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer
I’m curious how many people know that Jim has kind of interviewed Wiseau? Wiseau had a show related to gaming on Machinima a few years back. Holmes and Jim interviewed him about this show where if I recall Wiseau comes across as someone who barely knew anything about games in general. It was a pre-recorded interview which featured in an episode of Podtoid. They discuss the first episode of his show in a later Podtoid. Which as it is only ten episodes either suggests it was only contracted for a few episodes or quickly fell apart. As Wiseau mentioned rather… Read more »
J Resurrección
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J Resurrección

It’s Podtoid 168 I believe.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

It is indeed as it’s in the title on Podbay, which was down when I posted about it.

rabelford
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I have to say it since you were praising his work; Robin Shou (Liu Kang) was also credited as the fight choreographer.
Again, where did the budget go?

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

I am baffled by that budget, I had always assumed that this one was as…interesting as it is because the budget had been slashed to hell after the first one. Maybe that terrible, terrible CG was way more expensive than we give it credit for at the time? Either that or this was some kind of The Producers style scheme to make as bad and as cheap a movie as possible and steal the rest of the budget somehow.

Wellsy487
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Wellsy487

I think at the time people thought the CGI looked good.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

I remember 1997, and I don’t think we did.

Maddy
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Maddy

I’m barely 2 minutes in and I’m already contorted from laughter XD

Oliver Mendes
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Oliver Mendes

That tatoo… I’ve seen it before… on two Movie Boys… they both tried to kill me!

George
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George

This is one of the funniest episodes! So many memories. I think i was 12 when I saw this and I just thought it was so confusing but I loved seeing all the characters.

Brian Thompson as Shao Khan was a delight. He was in first Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Nemesis_Hunter
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Nemesis_Hunter

I’m ready, this will be an interesting drive to and from work tomorrow

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

So is ConradZimmermanDotCom gonna be a thing now?

Because those gifs were pretty great.

Rickard Pettersson
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Rickard Pettersson

It truly is a glorious piece of filmmaking, it just doesn’t stop giving. Even after the 85 or so minutes running time it sneaks in more than 11 minutes of credits, at least three location teams worth of, and of course all the teams have a lot of delightful titles, personal favorite: prop buyer. And the inexplicateness of it never ends, getting Rammstein’s Engel in 1997 must be seen as quite the get, and where does the geniouses of filmmaking that are the Mortal Kombat: Annihilation crew place said piece of music… starting 8 minutes into the credits, glorious.

Stephen Mc Devitt
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Stephen Mc Devitt

Loved how it just abruptly ended.

JackieGoOutside
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Oh, yeah, when I saw Get Out, it would have been amazing with more than the few people in the matinee. I mean, it’s a great movie and really good but if there were more people? So much better. Hearing just the few people gasp and even yelling at the screen was good as it was. Get Out is a movie that during your first viewing is definitely enhanced with a packed theater.

Anton
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Anton
I had an, ahem, “interesting” experience with that. When I went, the theater was packed, and the entire row behind me was filled by a group of rowdy black chicks that provided commentary the whole time and yelled during the “scary” parts. And I’m talking about about super stereotypical shit like “oh no don’t go in there!” and “aww heeeeellll naaawww!”. It was funny at first, but I got progressively more annoyed as the film went on. Past the hour mark, I couldn’t even focus on the movie, and all I wanted to do was to stand up and tell… Read more »
PIERS
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True story: one evening while I was in university, there were two movies playing in theaters that I wanted to see. So I decided to see them both. Back to back, the7 PM showing and the 9 PM showing.

So, back to back, I watched…Alien Resurrection, immediately followed by Mortal Kombat Annihilation.

Anton
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Anton

Resurrection was bad, but nowhere near as gloriously awful as this. It did have its own corny charm.

PIERS
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Definitely not. It’s even a contest. But I remember walking out of Alien Resurrection thinking, “Christ, that was bad. Well, at least it can’t get any worse from here.”

I was wrong. I was SO wrong.

Anton
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Anton

Yes you were wrong, they hadn’t made Prometheus yet *rimshot*

Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

What a charmed life you lead!

THUD!
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THUD!

True story:

This was the movie I took the girl I was dating at the time for our second date. I remember both of us being terribly pissed afterward; so much so that we sat through the end credits in a complete state of shock.

Surprisingly though, she stayed with me. Though even after twenty years, she still refuses to watch it again.

Raging Raving
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Raging Raving

aww that’s nice your still together.. even after… THIS mess.

The Jünger Ludendorf
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The Jünger Ludendorf

Facing adversity together always strengthens the chains of love!

SilentPony
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SilentPony
George
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George

Hot.

Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

I’d feel safe in those arms!

Austin_sj
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Austin_sj

2.5 hours of brilliance for my night shift tonight

Parapraxis
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Parapraxis

Unrelated question, Jim & Conrad: Have you guys considered doing the Yakuza film adaptation at all?

kimiyoribaka
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kimiyoribaka

There’s actually 1 more actor from the first movie that returned, but he’s less obvious. Sub-zero’s brother sub-zero played reptile in the first movie. I found this out cause I was wondering who played Sindel and looked up the cast. Apparently, Nightwolf was played by a native american rapper, which seems really appropriate.

I was going to ask if you’d be covering the other hilariously camp mortal kombat movies, but then I remembered that those were, in fact, video games.

mrhair
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mrhair

Johnny Cage was my favorite in the original, and I could not forgive this movie for killing him off like that. In retrospect, one of the dumber things to get up in arms over.

Moon1337
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Moon1337

I laughed rewatching this last night in preperation. I laughed even harder listening to the two of you talk about.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex
This film’s problems reminded of that Simpsons sketch with Mr Burns being told by the doc that he has so many diseases or viruses that they’re all trying to get through the door at the same time, blocking any of them from manifesting as actual problems. With Burns walking off, proudly announcing his newfound invincibility over the doc trying to explain that he really isn’t and the slightest thing could tip the balance over the edge. With the weirdly large budget, one has to wonder how much was spent on the crew partying hard at the few on-scene locations with… Read more »
galactix100
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galactix100

Oh god not Ratchet and Clank. That film’s so utterly dull you’ll struggle to even do the whole subversive darker message you’ve done with similar films like Angry Birds or Wreck-It Ralph.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

Well, the main question will be how can they blame ratchet clank for Donald Trump? Because that was what saved the angry birds episode.

JackieGoOutside
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I’d imagine they could do something with Quark and Trump.

Landy Alexander
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Landy Alexander

Pretty easily actually. The villain of Ratchet is a buffoonish former hero who doesn’t like getting upstaged by Ratchet, so he sells out to literal supervillains and realizes too late that his personal ego stroking vendetta has led to planetary scale warcrimes.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

I could see that working.

I’ve not actually seen ratchet and clank, not ever played the game, so I didn’t actually say that knowing whether there were any comparisons or meaning to imply they should be. Mostly just wanted to rile up the guys who flipped out at that episode for them going political. The more frequently Jim and Conrad do that the better.

galactix100
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galactix100

Fair enough. I remember that character and his arc, much like everything in that film, being so eyerollingly boring and cliched that I was largely zoned out.

galactix100
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galactix100

Admittedly that’s because Angry Birds gave them nothing to work with beyond that. Ratchet and Clank is the same, intensely dull with nothing worth noting or remembering.

Stephen Mc Devitt
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Stephen Mc Devitt

R&C hits the beats of a modern animated movie with upbeat montages and sad moments but don’t really what made those great.

galactix100
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galactix100

It’s the same as Angry Birds. Nothing memorable, painfully dull with no personality, crap writing, etc.

Stephen Mc Devitt
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Stephen Mc Devitt

I’m not defending the R&C movie but Angry Birds has the upper hand at being worse for its ‘messages’.

galactix100
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galactix100

In the context of this show though, R&C is worse because it doesn’t even have anything to make fun of.

Stephen Mc Devitt
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Stephen Mc Devitt

True.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

This may be the rare time I wait till I watch the movie before listening to the podcast.

Usually I’ll listen regardless of whether or not I saw the movie, but there seems to be something extra special about this hot mess.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Was it moviebob who said Suicide Squad was about as good as this one?

Raging Raving
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Raging Raving

Think the “Tiger man” Jim was talking about was King, and he was from Tekken
Or Kintaro I suppose

Jim Sterling
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It was Kintaro. My wife corrected me the other night.

ConradZimmerman
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ConradZimmerman

OH YEAH! I remember Kintaro now.

Jabberlove
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Jabberlove

A little bit of info just for you Conrad since I know Jim won’t care. It
isn’t the “unknown chemicals” that cause the rapid combustion when Cyrax is killed. It’s a powder explosion. Powder/dust explosions can occur with basically every combustible powder you’re likely to encounter. The finer the powder, the more easily an explosion can occur. Based on how the powder looks it’s a very safe bet it would combust. It’s a bit of a stretch that it would work out as well as it does in the film but that’s what is happening.

ConradZimmerman
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ConradZimmerman

I actually knew this to be true, having singed my eyebrows performing the stunt with powdered coffee creamer as a youth.

Anton
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Anton

I remember watching this and thinking it was unironically good.

….I was seven at the time, but I’m still ashamed.

Raging Raving
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Raging Raving

dont worry, I used to think it was cool as well… we were all dumb as children lol

Anton
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Anton

I loved the cyborgs in particular. They were like edgy hyperviolent power rangers, and just like the power rangers, they came in every color of the rainbow XD

Raging Raving
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Raging Raving

Same, Smoke and Cyrax looked sort of like the games, so that made my child mind happy, no Sektor though strangely.

ConradZimmerman
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ConradZimmerman

Ermac was eventually turned into Sektor, so it was either because of that or because it was cheaper to just have one red costume.

Actually, fun fact, Jim and I tracked down some props used in the films, including what looks like the Reptile costume from the first flick. Turns out, it was probably the Scorpion costume too, as there’s yellow under the green paint.

Raging Raving
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Raging Raving

oh neat, hilarious video btw 🙂

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