Texas Chain Saw Devs Reveal Origin of Creepy Horror Sound

I always thought it was a violin and piano.

If you’ve always wondered what the instrument is in horror movie trailers, you’re not alone. As someone who likes playing instruments and loves horror movies, I always figured it was a combination of a violin or cello and piano, but as it turns out, I was wrong.

The creators of the upcoming The Texas Chain Saw Massacre game, Gun Interactive and Sumo Digital, posted a tweet that reveals some of the inner audio workings of some of the most iconic horror scenes of all time.

According to the tweet, 

Take a behind the scenes look into the Apprehension Engine that was used to craft the intense and macabre sound design inspired by the the original 1974 film.

Warning headphone users, you might want to turn down the sound a little bit before playing the video. 

The Apprehension Engine is a custom instrument amalgamating a guitar, rulers, Ebow, and a host of other components. Created by Tony Duggan-Smith with the help of Mark Kett, the duo sells the instrument on their official website

As a huge horror fan, it’s great to peek behind the curtain of my favorite iconic movies to see more about the creation process. The tool was also used to compose some of the creepy sounds in The Witch and Lighthouse. I had no clue that such a weird-looking instrument is actually the source of the horrific sounds featured in so many great horror films. 

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre game releases on August 18, 2023, for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox X|S. The game will also release on Xbox/PC Gamepass as a day-one release.

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