Monster of the Day #1342

In one of the great WTF moments I can remember, the hero suddenly turns into a HORRIBLE CGI dragon at the end of the picture. Then the villain turns into a Hydra. They ‘fight.’ This has no effect on things, probably because even the producers of this mess realized a cartoon battle was a stupid way to end the film. The effects are truly execrable. Birdemic is the only film I can think of that has noticeably worse ones.

  • Gamera977

    There is a long detailed list of all the various characters and critters from these games on the Hardcore Gaming 101 site. I tried to post a link yesterday by leaving off the www but it still went into comment moderation. Searching for Hardcore Gaming 101 Mortal Combat should work but it doesn’t seem to come up at the top of the search results though.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    Pity Lou Ferrigno’s Hercules couldn’t have stopped by and punched these two into constellations.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    If you spell everything out by putting each subfolder on its own line–
    something dot com
    hercules html

    You can get away with “links.” If the URL is too long, try the above method with TinyURL dot com.

  • Gamera977

    Thanks! Let’s see if I can get it to work…

  • Gamera977

    Ah, ok I see it in any case. Thanks again!!!

    PS: Oddly I normally use Duck Duck Go as a search engine and the Hardcoregaming101 site won’t come up on it. Comes up right at the top on Google though…

  • Eric Hinkle

    I’d ask, ‘Did they just not care?’ But given the amount of money they must have spent on the CGI… Perhaps they thought the effects would make up for everywhere else the film was lacking?

  • Acethepug

    I wonder if it wasn’t a ‘Giant Claw’ issue — that they perhaps farmed out the SFX and didn’t know what they were getting until they had it in hand.

    Again, given how well they did Sheeva’s arms, I would wonder if there were two (or more) SFX teams, or if they just ran out of money, time, or both.

  • The Hero/Villain-Turn-Into-Monsters-And-Fight thing seems sort of like The Magic Serpent except without the quality FX and giant spiders. And frog monsters.

  • Flangepart

    Hummm…’The Giant Claw law.’ A new Jabootu term. summed up as ‘Never pay for the FX until you see them first.’

  • Acethepug

    HAHAHAHA! Thanks for the smile!

  • The Rev.

    I don’t think that’s the case; they would’ve seen the poor CGI from the first movie and realized they needed to improve it, I would hope. Although since it’s just as bad, and at some points arguably worse, than the original’s, who knows? And yes, as I mentioned earlier in the week, the Sheeva thing baffles me since it’s actually a damn good effect, about the only one in the whole movie.

    This scene is indicative of one of the many ways this movie failed to add in game stuff properly, whereas the original succeeded in such attempts. This was a pretty hamfisted attempt to shove in Animalities, although it’s trumped by Nightwolf attacking Liu Kang as a wolf, transforming back, and then actually calling it his Animality. Meanwhile, in the first movie, Johnny Cage drops an autographed photo of himself (or has it fall out of his pocket, or whatever) as he dives away from an exploding Scorpion. Not only is it a funny punchline in and of itself, and provides a nice breather after the very intense fight the two had, but it’s a subtle callback for fans, as Cage’s Friendship in MK II has him giving his opponent a photo of himself with the exact same message on it. If they’d done that in the second one, Johnny would have tossed the photo on Scorpion’s remains and said, “Here. A token of my friendship.”

    Anyway, one positive result of this week of MK:A…I’m totally rewatching the original this weekend.

  • Eric Hinkle

    OT but has anyone here heard about the planned redo of ‘Wacky Races’? It’s going to be updated and “improved” for the hip, cynical, with-it modern audience. Set in a post-apocalypse future, overrun with twisted mutants, and based on ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, the kids will love it I’m sure.

    If you want to see what the new and improved Dick Dastardly and Muttley look like, just check this out:


    I hope that works. And if not then just Google for ‘Wacky Raceland 02 cover art’ and see what pops up.