Six horror film characters that would make great guest DLC additions to Mortal Kombat 11

And a few that wouldn't

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • January 1, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. PST

You knew this article (and about 100 more like it before the time Mortal Kombat 11 actually drops) was going to happen, so let's get the EventHubs take on which horror movie characters will make guest appearances in the upcoming Mortal Kombat game.

First, an obligatory recap. NetherRealm Studios opened this box back when they released Freddy Krueger in Mortal Kombat (2011) as DLC.

The blade-fingered horror icon wound up becoming the game's best selling DLC character, which probably had something to do with the inclusion of Jason Vorhees, Predator, Xenomorph and Leatherface in MKX.

While we've heard very little in the way of official Mortal Kombat 11 news (we currently have just a trailer and a date to look forward to) we have to imagine this new title will continue the trend its predecessors set. Horror characters just fit too well into MK's gory and brutal universe.

I've compiled a list of potential characters that I think would be a good fit in this year's upcoming Mortal Kombat game, and tried to take fighting ability, personality and general public appeal into account when making it.

Continue on to see the six characters I think would fit best (along with a few honorable mentions) and then chime in with your reactions and personal preferences in the comments after.

Michael Myers

Though Psycho's Norman Bates is considered by many to be the very first slasher, it's Michael Myers who is often the seen as the character to really get things going.

He's easily the most obvious pick for this list, and we're honestly surprised that he isn't already on an MK roster. Michael is a fairly straightforward killer whose first choice of weapon is a massive knife, but he's proved many times that he's not above grabbing the nearest object and using it to impale, bludgeon, suffocate or otherwise kill his latest victim.

One may have a bit of hesitation to include Myers simply because he isn't exactly the most colorful of characters, but the success of the fairly similar Jason in MKX quickly puts any question to rest.

Especially considering that we just got a new Halloween film in late 2018, if we had to put money on any one DLC character for MK11, it'd have to be this guy.

Ghostface

Ghostface earned his spot in the iconic horror villains hall of fame at a time when slasher films were over saturated and in desperate need of something new. The Scream films poked fun at the predictable formulas the mass of 80's Halloween and Friday the 13th copycats used on repeat.

The mid to late 1990's saw hockey masks replaced with Ghostface masks during Halloween times, and the rather meta way Scream 2 incorporated that directly into its story made seeing people donning the mask in real life all the scarier.

That said, the focus of Scream wasn't really on Ghostface as much as it was on an idea. Alone, Ghostface would be kind of a "meh" inclusion, but if developers dared make the character into an endless army instead of a single figure, I think that'd actually be pretty cool.

To clarify, I imagine a scenario wherein every time Ghostface is killed or defeated (even between rounds) a new one would walk on from off screen, replace the beaten or dead body of the previous and then continue the fight.

Pennywise the Dancing Clown

Pennywise the Dancing Clown is the usual form the antagonistic creature from Stephen King's It takes as it terrorizes the children of Derry, Maine. The success of the 2016 film has the evil clown in the forefront of horror fans' minds, and the follow up film is slated to come out in September of this year.

As if that weren't enough to qualify this character as a surefire moneymaker for MK11, the fact that Pennywise shape shifts into his foes' worst fears makes for a massive opportunity for NRS developers should they include him.

As sad as it makes me, I imagine we'd get the Bill Skarsgård version as opposed to the Tim Curry one, (no offense at all to Skarsgård, who did a fine job) but perhaps an alternate Tim Curry costume could remedy that.

Pinhead

This one is more obligatory than most others, as Pinhead of Hellraiser is often included in these kinds of discussions. The Hellraiser series is recognizable, but certainly not the extent of the others already mentioned here.

Pinhead's appeal is that he's actually quite a departure from the likes of Leatherface, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees before him. Instead of being silent or mocking during his kills, Pinhead is an intelligent and articulate baddie.

NetherRealm could use this personality to make for a fairly intriguing character, and his physical appearance is absolutely perfect for a Mortal Kombat game.

Spawn

Just do it already, NRS.

Ash Williams

Whatever red tape there might be between Evil Dead's Ash Williams and a Mortal Kombat 11 DLC spot, NetherRealm should figure out a way to cut it.

Ash has both the long and short range covered with his shot gun and chainsaw arm. Also, HE HAS A CHAINSAW ARM... Mortal Kombat character much?

Bruce Campbell's wonderful vision and acting approach left us with a charmingly charismatic character that isn't afraid to spill guts in every direction in a 50 foot radius. The back and forth during an Ash vs. Johnny Cage intro alone would make this pick worth it.

That's my list, but I do have a few honorable mentions that I didn't quite like for one reason or another. I mentioned Norman Bates earlier, and as much as I love the character and can appreciate the idea of having a grown man dressed as an old woman take on MK characters, he really isn't a fighter.

I also considered Chucky, the doll from Child's Play, but tiny characters in fighting games are really something I don't like seeing. It almost becomes a whole other game when one fighters' hurtboxes are one sixth the size of anyone else's... (*ahem* Yoda in Soul Calibur 4).

Perhaps my favorite horror villain of all time, Hannibal Lecter may also come up in this conversation. Like Norman Bates, I think his allure and terror comes from aspects outside his physicality. You could make him work, but I think there are plenty of better fits for the platform we're talking about.

Jigsaw of the Saw films would be another potential. He's more of a passive killer, though, and outside of being a trap-laying zoning character, I can't really see him going toe to toe with MK fighters.

Last but not least, and this one needs no explanation, the blender from the Unfriended film.

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