We were contacted by one of our clients who had an original Leatherface costume from the 2006 prequel, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. Along with their screen used original costume, our client provided us with a replica silicone Leatherface mask, an unfinished resin head of the character and a very heavy real chainsaw to combine into one cohesive display.
Like the modern versions of Michael Myers and Jason Vorhees, Leatherface is frequently played by a very large actor. In this film he was played by Andrew Bryniarski, who is nearly 6 and a half feet tall and a former body builder. This makes the character even more imposing and terrifying, but provides us with a few challenges when creating a display for his Leatherface costume. Standard retail mannequins are not built for that type of height and body size, so creating a custom extra large mannequin to become the body form allowed us to fit it to his measurements as well as customizing the pose.
For the pose we wanted something that would show off the costume, but you can’t have Leatherface not holding his chainsaw in a menacing way! So we went with menacingly neutral, if that’s such a thing! For his hands we sourced a pair of oversized life cast hands, which we modified to be able to grasp and support the weight of the chainsaw, then painted realistically with authentic looking dirt and grime.
Our client also provided us with an unfinished resin head casting, to use underneath the mask. We inserted a pair of life-like acrylic eyes and gave the entire bust a realistic paint scheme. By layering different shades as washes, stippling and dry brush techniques we are able to achieve a life-like appearance. A highly realistic head underneath the silicone mask gives the entire figure an even more eerie look. To complete the display we created a distressed wooden base, with slats inspired by the look of the dilapidated home in the film. The finished touch was a healthy splattering of our special recipe fake blood (it’s a paint mix that dries and won’t stay tacky like normal fake blood) all over the hands, chainsaw and base for a truly horrific, and giant, movie costume display.
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