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So When Are We Gonna Get That Horror Icon Fighting Game?

So When Are We Gonna Get That Horror Icon Fighting Game?

I realize I’m way late to the party here, but I recently began playing Mortal Kombat XL, the beefed up version of Mortal Kombat X that’s jam-packed with all of the game’s bonus content. This means that the game has all the DLC horror characters already installed within it, including Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, Predator and a Xenomorph.

As you probably already know, it’s kinda the best thing ever.

Over the course of the past several days, I’ve seen Leatherface slice up Predator with a chainsaw, a Xenomorph unleash a Face Hugger on Jason Voorhees, and I’ve even gotten to play out a fantasy battle between Predator character Dillon (the “Carl Weathers” skin is an alternate costume option for Jax) and Mortal Kombat‘s four-armed Goro.

Mortal Kombat XL has provided us with, to date, the closest we’ve come to the full-on horror icon fighting game that we’ve all spent so many years begging for. Granted, it only has four playable horror villains, but with alternate costumes (Leatherface, for example, has “Remake” and “Pretty Lady” outfits, while Predator can be masked or unmasked) and deadly moves inspired by the films, Mortal Kombat X‘s horror-heavy DLC content not only teases the sheer awesomeness that such a game could and would be packed with, but it also suggests that we’re not too far off from it becoming reality.

Keeping in mind that the previous Mortal Kombat game featured Freddy Krueger as a playable DLC character, that means MK developers NetherRealm Studios already have Freddy, Jason, Alien, Predator and Leatherface at their disposal – one hell of a head start, to say the very least. So what are the chances they expand upon those “horror packs” and replace ALL Mortal Kombat fighters with other horror characters such as Ash Williams, Chucky, Pumpkinhead and Michael Myers? And was Mortal Kombat X‘s DLC content a testing ground for such a game, the same way Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe paved the way for full-on DC fight games Injustice and Injustice 2?

According to recent comments from NetherRealm’s Ed Boon, that’s probably the case. Because Boon, as it turns out, dreams of someday making an all-horror fighting game!

You know, as we’ve been accumulating [the horror icons], that idea has been coming up more and more frequently,” Boon told Game Informer last year, when asked if he’d be interested in making a fighting game featuring horror villains and only horror villains. “You brought it up and a few other people have brought it up like ‘why don’t you do a horror movie fighting game?’ Maybe one day we’ll do it.”

Fan-made game TerrorDrome, like Mortal Kombat XL, shows just how much potential there is for such a game, which could incorporate storylines and backdrops from our favorite horror movies into the fights between our favorite horror icons. Just imagine making Ash and Jason fight at the infamous Evil Dead cabin. Picture a battle between Freddy and Jaws out in the depths of the ocean. Or how about an epic clash between Pinhead and Pumpkinhead, down in the fiery depths of Hell? The possibilities are endless. Each one cooler than the last.

Thanks to Mortal Kombat XL, Friday the 13th: The Game and Dead by Daylight, we are currently living in a golden age for horror icons in the video game space. It wasn’t all that long ago that none of horror’s icons had their own modern day games, but in the blink of an eye, we can now play as Freddy, Jason, Leatherface, Michael and many others.

It would seem that an all-horror fighting game from NetherRealm is the next logical progression of the trend. It would seem it’s only a matter of time.

For all we know, it could already be in the works…



  • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

    So on board with this. I wanna see Sam vs Chucky, Freddy vs Jason, Buffy Vs David from Lost Boys. I wanna see Ash chainsaw combo Pumpkinhead into Jaws’s gaping maw as a stage fatality. Cmon Boon make it happen!

    • Ash would probably have the funniest dialogue. Pinhead would probably be roasting everyone, like Doctor Fate in Injustice.

  • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

    I actually made a steam thread about this exact scenario about a year ago, complete with a dream roster of heroes vs villains, stages, dream fatalities etc. A bunch of folks joined in and it turned into a pretty decent thread, but the coolest part was when Boon, or at least someone claiming to be Boon chimed in to the discussion and said that internally a bunch of staff at Netherrealm had talked about that exact idea quite often, but getting all the different rights could be problematic, although anything is possible

  • YES! YES! YES! DO IT! I’ve been asking for this for a while. Hopefully, NetherRealm Studios finds a way to make it happen eventually.

  • Blade

    Probably at least another two or four years (assuming they are going to make one)

    Netherrealm does like a two year cycle since MK9.

    MK9 -2011

    Injustice – 2013

    MKX – 2015

    Injustice 2 – 2017

    And many are thinking we will be looking at MK11 in 2019 so maybe horror fighter in 2021 lol

    • Good point. I just hope they get to it eventually, lol. I also wouldn’t mind them making Mortal Kombat vs. The Slashers first, like they did Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe before Injustice.

      • Blade

        Yeah I would play that! Surely they have to know what kind of jackpot they would be sitting on if they managed to acquire the rights to these characters and made an all new fighting game IP of just horror characters.

      • Necro

        I like that idea with the ‘slashers’.

  • Necro

    Wow! This would be the type of game that would make a non-gamer a gamer immediately upon playing it. This is also a Horror fan’s dream game wish come true! I mean sure we have ‘Friday the 13th’, ‘Dead By Daylight’, & the characters in ‘Mortal Kombat XL’ and sure those games are great, but limited, but the possibilities are fantastic should this game ever get made. All the Horror characters that are out there: ‘Jason, Freddy, Michael, Pinhead, Pumpkinhead, Ash, Leatherface, Chucky, Victor Crowley, Hellraiser Cenobites (plenty of cool ones to choose from there), Candyman, Harry Warden, Samara, ChromeSkull, The Collector, Predator, Alien, & hell even throw in the Predalien’! And I’m sure there’s some others I left out, but this could really be great if done right.

    • Freddy was also in Mortal Kombat (2011) and the mobile version of Mortal Kombat X. In addition to those characters, Harry D’Amour would be awesome to see in a fighting game with Pinhead (since he fought Pinhead in Clive Barker’s The Scarlet Gospels). If they can’t get enough of the rights for a full-on horror game, Mortal Kombat vs Slashers would be the next best thing. I’m sure we’ll see more guest characters in 2019’s Mortal Kombat 11.

      • Necro

        Yeah the rights issue alone would take 5 years to sort through! I never read ‘The Scarlet Gospels’, but have definitely heard of it. I remember ‘Harry D’Amour’ from ‘Lord of Illusions’, absolutey great film from Clive imo.

    • Rez

      Sam from Trick ‘R Treat vs The Tall man and his dwarf zombies from Phantasm…The list is endless!!

  • Jay Bennett

    Never been into that style of fighting game but horror icons would make me give it a try

  • Bart Crowe

    Seems like a legal nightmare but I’d love to see it. Get me Duane and his brother Belial as one character ala The Ice Climbers from Smash Bros. Also love to see Billy from Silent Night Deadly Night in full Santa garb.

    • biff

      Billy would have to have a NAUGHTALITY!

  • American Atheist

    I always thought Pinhead should’ve been in MK XL. His moves and fatalities would fucking rock!

    • Pinhead and Victor Crowley would be perfect as guest characters for 2019’s Mortal Kombat 11.

      • American Atheist

        Pinhead seems like a given for MK. It must be a licensing issue I’d imagine. VC would be cool too.

        • Yeah, Pinhead, Crowley, and Spawn are my top choices for guest characters for the next MK.

  • oh_riginal

    My roster and settings, if I could make this game:

    1. Ashley Williams (voiced by Bruce Campbell) – The closest thing to a protagonist. Can be changed to Deadite Ash.
    Arena: The Knowby Cabin.
    Weapons: Shotgun and chainsaw.
    “Fatality”: Similar to how he disposed of Henrietta in Evil Dead 2.

    2. Jason Voorhees – Similar to the Friday the 13th game, he can appear in any costume from any film in his franchise.
    Arena: Camp Crystal Lake.
    Weapons: Machete.
    “Fatality”: Multiple, but the sleeping bag kill should be one.

    3. Freddy Krueger (voiced by Robert Englund)
    Arena: Boiler Room, but it can change based on the fear of the opponent (if they have one).
    Weapons: Glove, arm stretch, teleportation.
    Fatality: Different based on fears of the opponent.

    4. The Shape (Michael Myers) – Original movie version, Rob Zombie version as an alternate.
    Arena: Haddonfield neighborhood street.
    Weapons: Kitchen Knife.
    Fatality: Knife opponent to the wall, stand back, tilt head.

    5. Pinhead (voiced by Doug Bradley)
    Arena: Starts off as the arena of the opponent, but goes dark with unknown source of light behind walls or anything else in background.
    Weapons: Chains with hooks.
    Fatality: Series of chains from every direction, to rip opponent apart.

    6. Leatherface – 1978 version, remake version as alternate.
    Arena: Highway at end of original movie.
    Weapons: Chainsaw.
    Fatality: Gut sawing.

    7. Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) – Alternate would be Tiffany, voiced by Jennifer Tilly.
    Arena: Good Guy Doll factory.
    Weapons: His signature knife.
    Fatality: Using his voodoo chant to put opponent into a doll (or something similar) and more easily destroy him/her/it.

    8. Lycanthrope (voiced by David Naughton when in human form pre-match)
    Arena: London streets.
    Weapons: Teeth and claws.
    Fatality: Tear into opponent, ripping to shreds as violently as possible.

    9. Xenomorph
    Arena: Alien lair
    Weapons: Claws, inner jaw, tail.
    Fatality: Pick up opponent and puncture head with inner jaw, or prepare opponent for facehugger.

    10. Predator
    Arena: Jungle
    Weapons: Wrist blades, shoulder cannon, spear, net gun.
    Fatality: Rip skull/spine out from opponent.

    11. Brundlefly
    Arena: Seth Brundle’s apartment
    Weapons: Super strength, regurgitation.
    Fatality: Either pin down opponent and regurgitate to melt face, or drag opponent into teleporter and merge in the other teleportation machine.

    12. Severin (sadly cannot be voiced by Bill Paxton, so a soundalike would be needed)
    Arena: Texas bar.
    Weapons: Vampire bite, razor sharp spurs, guns.
    Fatality: Slit opponent’s throat with spur slices.

    13. David (voiced by Keifer Sutherland)
    Arena: Beach carnival.
    Weapons: Vampire bite.
    Fatality: Grab the opponent and fly off, biting into them.

    14. Ghostface (voiced by Roger L. Jackson, Matthew Lillard, and Skeet Ulrich)
    Arena: Casey Becket’s house.
    Weapons: Knife.
    Fatality: Call on partner, both stab the opponent to death.

    15. Tarman
    Arena: Uneeda Warehouse
    Weapons: Bite
    Fatality: Tackle opponent and eat brains until the head is hallow.

    16. Tall Man
    Arena: Mortuary
    Weapons: Super strength.
    Fatality: Call on flying balls to drill into head of opponent, or tunnel into body. Alternate would be to turn opponent into dwarf.

    17. Pennywise
    Arena: Sewer
    Weapons: Shapeshift based on opponent’s fear.
    Fatality: Rip off arm of opponent and drag them into a hole to consume.

    18. Candyman (voiced by Tony Todd)
    Arena: Chicago ghetto.
    Weapons: Hook.
    Fatality: Hook pierce.

    19. Pumpkinhead
    Arena: Woods.
    Weapons: Claws.

    Fatality: Impale opponent with their own weapon (or arm, if they do not have a weapon).

    20. The Thing
    Arena: Outpost 31, Antarctica

    Weapons: Can turn limbs into claws, can turn any part of body into a sharp-toothed jaw to bite opponent. Can look like defeated opponents when played in storymode.
    Fatality: Pierce opponent with tentacles, wrap itself around him/her/it, and consume entirely then imitate opponent.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    We can only hope. I’ve been dreaming of this since the 90’s. The fact that it’s been teased through MK and Boon has acknowledged the possibly is a huge step I never thought I’d see. Hoping like hell they make it happen.

  • Adam Schaaf

    I made a list of all the characters I would want about 3 years ago. How about the monster from Jeepers Creepers? How about The Puppet Master and his dolls? Gremlins and Critters? Blade and Buffy? Warlock? Children of the Corn and Village of the Damn? Killer Clowns from Outer Space? Mikey and the Good Son? I could keep going.

    • oh_riginal

      +++ on the Warlock and Toulon’s puppets. Buffy would be an interesting addition too.

    • nattipmp513

      Yea. Tulon could be like a shang sung type shape shifter an
      d change to each of the puppets. Would be fucking sweet.

  • Meatwad

    We talked about this before on BD. I would absolutely love a ‘horror themed’ tournament game!

    Some of my picks would be Hannibal Lector, Regan (The Exorcist), & Jack Torrance (The Shining). Getting the actors to sign off on the looks may be far fetched, but a guy can dream cant he? Lol.

  • nattipmp513

    Jason,freddy,micheal,leatherface,chucky,pennywise,leperchaun,ash,pumpkinhead,pinhead,dr. West,marty,uncle sam,them stupid hicks from wrong turn,predator,xenomorphs,bub,Charlie warden,tulon,ghostface…..The list goes on and on. Just do it already

    • Necro

      Not to be confused or ignorant, but do you mean ‘Harry Warden’?

  • biff

    I wouldn’t have been that thrilled with this sort of thing until recently, when I sat through the entire Injustice 2 cut-scene arc on the u2b the other day. It was amazing. NetherRealm is really pulling out all the stops — both visually and plotwise — with their games, and a horror themed game by them would be brilliant.

  • ScaryLarryV

    Id say Pumpkinhead as the second to last boss, and Pinhead as the final boss like Goro and Shang Tsung. Also I think Vampirella would be a good female fighter for this game. Maybe delete Pred and Alien since they are more sci-fi. And you know MK fighter would be added as a DLC, id say Baraka or Quan Chi.

    • Cory Smith

      Alien/Xenomorph and Predator are horror. All three Predator films are not just sci-fi, but a mixture of horror/action/suspense. I don’t have to explain about Alien because each has their own form but it’s still horror, but mostly the first one.

  • Collin

    I wasn’t aware this was something people have “Been begging for for years” but honestly it’d be the most badass fighting game of all time. I’d love it if they even went obscure and also included modern horror characters like the killers from you’re next or the babadook. It’d be stupid as hell but boy would it be a blast to put leatherface against The Thing

    • Trav

      There are literally so many directions you could go with this. Why not include Angela from the original “Sleepaway Camp”? Or Isaac from the 1984 “Children of the Corn”? The Gremlins can be considered a horror movie, right? Also, what about the Critters? The possibilities are fun and awesome, and if we aren’t going to get more versus movies in the horror genre, I really hope we get a game like this to make up for it.

  • Collin

    And there could also be horror and horror esaue game characters in it as well. Imagine pyramid head vs tyrant. Jacket from hotline Miami vs scissorman

  • Trav

    A horror icon fighting game would be incredible. Jason vs. Micheal, or Chucky vs. Leprechaun, or even Freddy vs. Pennywise would be amazing match ups. This game needs to be made!

  • Rick-Taylor

    1. I believe Netherealm no longer has the right to use Freddy, because of the change of ownership with the character.
    2. When MKX was coming out, there was a petition to get Oderus Urungus added to the roster. Apparently, gamers don’t realize it takes months to build and add a character to a game, not some quick click-and-drop addition. I would love to see Oderus in the game.
    3. If this horror game were to happen, with MK style engine or not, I would consider buying a new game system.
    4. TerrorDrome is an amazing game and was only able to be created by being a free game, thus no monetary problems and it keeps it legal.
    5. TerrorDrome 2 is in the works, but is more about mythical horror like the abominable snowman, bigfoot, cthulu, etc.

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