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Freddy Krueger coming to “Mortal Kombat”

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If fighting games are good for one thing–aside from illogically bouncing boobs–it’s throwing in wildly unrelated characters into their to-the-death tournaments. Memorable examples can be found in the very existence of the “Marvel vs. Capcom” series and the “King of Fighters” franchise, which lumps together brawlers from several disparate arcade titles in games that often don’t even feature story. Recent moves in the same vein include the canon-breaking appearances of Darth Vader, Yoda and latter-day Jedi Starkiller in Namco’s “SoulCalibur IV” and the “Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe” game put out by the now-defunct Midway a few years back. That game came out just before the Chicago-based publisher’s bankruptcy and featured Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman in bloody battle with Scorpion, Sub-Zero and the rest of the mystical martial artists from the MK-verse.

Apparently, the appearance of interlopers tickles the collective fancy of Netherrealm, the developers behind the reinvigorated Mortal Kombat. In this year’s relaunch of the notoriously gory fighting game, the PlayStation 3 version let players fight with that console’s Kratos character, best known for the Greco-Roman mythological action series And now, just announced at Comic-Con is the impending arrival of Freddy Krueger, the metal-taloned boogeyman of Wes Craven’s classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” The fedora-wearing man-monster will be available as a DLC character beginning on August 9th and will cost 400 Microsoft Points ($4.99). The playable version of the dreamscape’s predator looks to be based on the 2010 “Nightmare” reboot instead of the classic look originated by Robert Englund (who stars in the zombie-centric DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops).

The trailer above looks to make Freddy a formidable foe for the warriors of Earthrealm and Outworld. Freddy’s apparently got beef with big MK bad guy Shao Khan over a soul-stealing dispute but, let’s be honest, none of that matters. All fans want to see is who’s got the sharper blades between Freddy and monstrous enforcer Baraka. And that Fatality move with the furnace shows that Netherealm’s done their research, paying a nice homage to Freddy’s preferred method of getting rid of victims. You’ll get your chance to slice things up with Mr. Krueger in a few weeks.

What do you think about the addition of Freddy to the roster of “Mortal Kombat” characters? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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