Ariel Winter Talks Horror Movie Psychology in New Horror Video Game ‘The Quarry’ (Exclusive)
modern family Star Ariel Winter has a brand new project, which fans of the actress will find very different from what she’s done in the past. Winter stars in a new horror video game titled The career. The game follows a group of summer camp counselors who must “survive Hackett’s Career One Night”. Recently, Winter sat down with PopCulture.com to talk about the game, as well as her love for horror movies and her favorite horror movies.
“So I got the offer for The career and I read it and I was like… First of all, I love horror. Super awesome. Secondly, I’ve never done this before, I’ve never done a mocap game, I’ve never done this in general, and I’ve always loved doing video games and voiceover,” we told says Winter. “It’s basically a mix of voiceover and live acting, and I was like, ‘You know what? Sounds really awesome!'” The actress went on to praise the forced creativity behind the game, saying, “And the people who made it are awesome and I would really love to be a part of that. And 2K is super cool and Supermassive and our director and we worked with Digital Domain and they were amazing and all the other actors, it was really like, ‘Wow, they’re interested in me. Impressive. I would absolutely love to be part of that. So awesome new experience. I was really super excited and it was a no-brainer to say ‘yes’.”
While Winter has done a lot of voiceover and animation work in the past, The career was a completely new experience due to the motion captioning process the game used for herself and the rest of the cast, which also includes David Arquette, Miles Robbins, Halston Sage, Zach Tinker, Brenda Song, Evan Evagora, Justice Smith, Siobhan Williams, Skyler Gisondo, Ted Raimi, Lance Henriksen, Ethan Suplee, Lin Shaye and Grace Zabriskie. “It’s super different,” Winter said of working on the game. and we record, nobody sees me, there’s nothing crazy, I’m in and out, it’s so different.”
She continued: “With that, it was like whole days of body scans, face scans, everything, you’re in a giant orb of lights and cameras and you’re sitting there and they’re like, ‘Be extremely still. . And then you just hear thousands of flashes and the lights go out and everything and then you do body scans.” Winter then joked, “You’re standing there in your bra and your shorts and you’re like, they scan every part of your body and… Well, not every part, luckily, but most parts.”
The actress added, “We make all these crazy faces and we scream and we pretend to fall and we pretend to die and we run in circles, we pretend to run, we do all kinds of things, we say these absolutely weird things sentences in so many different ways, like, we’ll say something like “Sally went to pick up seashells by the seaside”, like super mad, then super sad, then super everything, just to get your face and to be able to digitize that, and it’s so amazing and so different and it’s a lot more work, but it’s so rewarding when you see the final product, because it’s really, like they did such an amazing job , it looks exactly like me. it really looks like me, we all look exactly the same as if it were a live action movie. Obviously, slightly different because we are digital, but it looks so much like us it really fat nice to do a job like that. “
Regarding what it’s like to work with a co-star while filming a mocap, the Alex Dunphy actress explained, “It’s crazy, when you do the scenes, like you had a kissing scene with someone and it legitimately looks like you’re kissing the person, but you’re wearing a helmet, a Velcro jumpsuit and your helmet has a camera and you’re not touching the other person and you have your arms outstretched and you’re doing weird kisses in this camera. in an amazing scene that looks like a live kissing scene. It’s really so different and I love all the different types of acting I do, but this one was just a whole new experience and it was really, really cool.”
Taking on a major horror project like this was something of a dream come true for Winter, as the actress has been a fan of horror for many years. During our chat, she shared which horror movies were the ones that made her a fan. “Good, paranormal activity was definitely one of the first,” she revealed.paranormal activity, the ring, they were sort of my first forays into horror and I loved them. I mean, speaking of the supernatural horror stuff, I’ve always believed in ghosts and stuff and it’s always been, ‘Oh, my God, I think that’s real. I’m scared, like what, but it’s so cool. And so I’ve always been into it and loved all of those movies.”
She continued, “And then I started to be like, ‘Okay, I don’t have enough to watch. I watch them too fast. I need to venture into everything. I need to watch everything, all the horror things.'” Still, there are some horror movies that she hasn’t tried yet, as she’s not too sure she’d be able to do so until ‘at the end. “I don’t think…I definitely haven’t seen Seen“Winter confessed, “because that one, I’m like, ‘Okay, I think that’s a little too gory for me.’ But everything else interests me a lot.” She added, “I’ve always loved it, like I just got into it and was like, ‘This stuff is really cool. This is so cool. I’m scared, but I’m intrigued and it’s fun.” And I believe in that supernatural stuff, so yeah, I’ve always been into it, so it was really cool to venture into that, also into a genre that I think is really cool.”
This brings us to a whole new aspect of horror attraction: engaging in fearsome situations without danger. For Winter, it’s part of the draw of a game like The career, as it allows the player to always be part of the terror from the safety of their home. She explained, “It’s like you’re watching it and you’re like, ‘Okay, that’s super cool. Basically, I’m watching a movie, but I’m also deciding whether that person is running from the creature or not. , or if they are hiding from the creature or is this person kissing this person? Does this person love this person.'”
Winter continued, “Basically you’re making your own game. And yeah, it’s scary, but I think it kind of helps people who might be too scared or think it might be too scary to saying to yourself, ‘You have to choose.’ It will still be scary regardless because the choices are pretty scary, but it takes you, I think a bit… I think it helps people who are a little scared when you arrive to make these choices because it takes you away from sometimes, maybe you’re like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m so scared.’ You’re like, ‘Okay, I have to make a choice now. Wait. Stop the scary. Stop the scary for just a second. Let me make this choice and let me be scared again.'”
Finally, the actress also announced that the game appeals to casual gamers who like to play, but aren’t necessarily competitive. “I just think it’s a great game for people who maybe aren’t good at video games or even maybe particularly like them at first, I think they’re going to see this and say, ‘Wow , it’s beautifully done. They made it’s so amazing, and I love movies, so let me try. Maybe I’ll love video games. And yeah, so I’m glad people see it and reach a very large audience and I don’t think a lot of video games do that.”
Quarry is now available, from Supermassive Game and 2K. It is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, as well as Windows. Click here to find out more!