All Mortal Kombat series and movies, ordered from worst to best

Mortal Kombat hits theaters, the hyper-violent new adaptation of the popular fighting video game is directed by Simon Quoid and offers fans what they’ve always wanted: bloody deathmatches and brutal fatalities. But this isn’t nearly the first time Mortal Kombat full movie fighters have made the leap from console to screen.

In total there have been nine adaptations to date, with this latest version from 2021, both in series and film formats, in real image and in animation. The original Mortal Kombat movie, released in 1995, is considered by many to be a cult movie, as well as one of the best video game adaptations ever made.

It has taken more than 25 years – and thanks to hits like Deadpool or the John Wick saga, which have ‘normalized’ explicit violence in the cinema – for Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Rayden, Liu Kang and many other characters from Mortal Kombat return to theaters.

After the relative success of the first Mortal Kombat movie, its creators wanted to repeat the success with this sequel released in 1997. Unfortunately, they forgot the spirit of the franchise, the tournament and brought the minions of Shang Tsung directly to Earth, with dire results in a completely forgettable movie.

A 22-episode series -which was marketed in Spain as six low-budget sequels- that chronicles the adventures of the first Kung Lao, the ancestor of Liu Kang and Kung Lao, as he prepares for the new Mortal Kombat. It was the project that ended up sinking the franchise in theaters, after the failure of Annihilation, until now.