Mortal Kombat BTS Clip Dives Into the Making of Sound Effects

Mortal Kombat BTS Clip Dives Into the Making of Sound Effects

The new Mortal Kombat (2021) movie has all sorts of brutal fights and gory Fatalities to satisfy the original video game fans. The film included some fan-favorite signature moves and kills. However, they wouldn’t be the same without the amazing sound effects.

In a new behind-the-scenes video, Mortal Kombat’s foley artist Adrian Medhurst and sound designers Robert Mackenzie and James Ashton explain to Insider what went into producing the film’s gory sounds.

One of the examples was how Medhurst used the sounds of crushing/snapping celery and bell peppers along with grinding wet gravel in his hands for the scene where Mileena unhinges her jaw to reveal her full set of teeth.

Robert Mackenziesaid that very few noises in the movie were taken from the already existing digital library and that most of them were created by the foley artist. Various scratching metals were used to produce the sounds for the unique weapons used in the film.

For the gruesome kills like Nitara and Reiko’s deaths, Medhurst used things like wet noodles, newspaper mâché, and melons to get the right effects. He squished the materials, stomped on them, and smashed them with a hammerto get the desired sounds. To amplify the quality, a slithering octopus noise was added during the sound mixing process.

In the video, foley artist Adrian Medhurst also mentions that Mortal combat is one of the most goriest films he’s ever worked on. Mortal Kombat is available to stream on HBO Max. Dare to watch it if you can handle the extremely gory Fatalities.

Mortal Kombat centers on a group of fighters enlisted in the battle to protect Earth from the soul-eating sorcerer Shang Tsung and his army from the Outworld. The cast for the film includes iconic characters Sonya Blade, Jax Briggs, Kano, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, and Lord Raiden.

Lewis TanCole Young
Jessica McNameeSonya Blade
Josh LawsonKano
Joe TaslimBi-Han / Sub-Zero
Mehcad BrooksJax
Matilda KimberEmily
Laura BrentAllison
Tadanobu AsanoLord Raiden
Hiroyuki SanadaHanzo Hasashi / Scorpion
Chin HanShang Tsung
Ludi LinLiu Kang
Max HuangKung Lao
Sisi StringerMileena
Mel JarnsonNitara
Nathan JonesReiko
Daniel NelsonKabal
Angus SampsonGoro (voice)
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About Mortal Kombat (2021)

Mortal Kombat (2021) is an American martial arts action fantasy film directed by Simon McQuoid. It is based on the video game franchise of the same name and serves as a reboot.

The film stars actors like Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin, Chin Han, Joe Taslim, and Hiroyuki Sanada in various roles. It was released on HBO Max on April 23, 2021.

Hunted by the fearsome warrior Sub-Zero, MMA fighter Cole Young finds sanctuary at the temple of Lord Raiden. Training with experienced fighters Liu Kang, Kung Lao and the rogue mercenary Kano, Cole prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions to take on the enemies from Outworld in a high-stakes battle for the universe.