Gun Interactive has repeatedly emphasized its commitment to authenticity for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. This mantra extends to the game’s motion capture, as shown in a recent behind-the-scenes video detailing the process.
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The team uploaded a long video to its YouTube page showing several actors pantomiming several gruesome deaths and executions while also cutting short interviews to explain the process. Creative Director Ronnie Hobbs noted that the characters in the 1974 film acted with great terror and motion capture was adept at capturing the horror-filled essence.
“What we’re looking for throughout the session is, ‘Do they look like they’re on film?'” Hobbs said. “We wanted someone who could act like Sally at the end of that film. She could barely walk. She could barely run. You could just feel the emotion while watching it. It was uncomfortable. So when we watched the movement of our play, we need to get that, so we need actors – especially horror actors or close to it – who can give us what we’re looking for.
Kane Hodder, the stunt coordinator who also plays Leatherface, talked about how difficult it is to play a character like Leatherface because he doesn’t speak or have visible facial expressions. He said he had to find ways to look scary by just standing there without looking like he was trying to act scary. Hodder also said that he incorporated gestures used by Gunnar Hansen, the original Leatherface, into his performance such as twitching and apparently licking his teeth. Other actors even praised Hodder for his attention to detail and how he pushed them to create more believable mocap acting.
Kristina Klebe and Dove Meir also talked about bringing two new characters Sissy and Johnny, respectively, to life. Klebe notices that Sissy wants people to like her, so she can be sweet, but has a short fuse. Meir explains that Johnny can also be sane, but uses that to make the killing more effective.