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'Alien' Creature Designer & Oscar Winner H.R. Giger Has Died at 74

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May 13, 2014
Source: THR

Alien / H.R. Giger

While Ridley Scott and James Cameron can be credited for crafting the spectacular sci-fi films Alien and Aliens respectively, the films might not have had the same impact on the audience if it wasn't for the work of Swiss artist H.R. Giger. While you might not know Giger by name, you certainly know his work, because he's responsible for designing and creating the iconic creature that stalks Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). But sadly, THR has learned that Giger has passed away at age 74 on Monday as a result of injuries sustained after suffering a tragic fall at his own H.R. Giger Museum in Gruyeres, western Switzerland. More below.

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Giger's contributions to the film world are limited, but no less significant. After all, he won an Academy Award for his work on Alien, and went on to design sets for Species and also worked as a conceptual artist on Poltergeist II. Giger even crafted one of the potential designs for the new Batmobile in Batman Forever, but his design went unused. More recently, some of his sparsely seen work took the spotlight in the documentary Jodorowsky's Dune, where he would have been responsible for more groundbreaking sci-fi work if the film had ever been made. In addition to his film work, Giger has created dozens of paintings and more which can be seen in his museum. He was a truly gifted artist whose impact on sci-fi and horror will last forever, but he will be missed. Rest in peace.

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  • oct8pus
    Ethan!!! Please revise this post. Giger was Swiss.
  • oct8pus
    Besides the Alien creature, Giger designed the Space Jockey that is present in Alien and Prometheus, as well the inside of the Alien spaceship and the facehuggers. He also did a lot of artwork that was used in album covers and movie posters. I highly recommend looking up his work if you're unfamiliar with it. Many people have tried to imitate it over the years.
  • Alex
    I read through some of his compilation works at the local animation library in Seoul. Needless to say, I am 95% convinced this dude was a satanist..
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
      He drew a lot of occult stuff, owned a sculpted head of the devil supposedly made of human flesh, but he was actually a Christian. Satan is a fiction anyway, but it definitely makes for good images. Sad that Patrick Woodroffe also died this week. :-(
      • avconsumer2
        Heh! I did not know he was a Christian. Interesting.
        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
          I tried to find a link to confirm this, but got lost in a lot of conspiracy stuff, but someone had mentioned the same thing about devil worship somewhere else, but it was then said he was a Christian. What I found funny about him was he was embarrassed to show his knees to girls as a child when he had to wear shorts. :-) His work was definitely from another realm, really shaped the way a lot of scifi movies look, a bit like Mobius or Syd Mead, all geniuses in my mind at least and weirdly all worked together at some point or another.
          • avconsumer2
            Heh, I imagine. Weird re: knees!? Must have some of those weird knobby ones. But yep, Syd Mead - definitely a primary shaper / catalyst of my imagination muscles.
    • DAVIDPD
      Being obsessed with the look of Hell is different from loving Hell.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    The guy was into some weird stuff, mostly religiously, but, i guess his work is to be appreciated in some form nonetheless.
  • son_et_lumiere
    while his main 'Alien' creation may have been pretty similar to his other work (e.g. the creature in Species), it's undeniable that he had a genuine, know-it-at-a-glance individual style, copied by many, influencing more. RIP, sir.
  • avconsumer2
    Bummer. He will certainly not be forgotten in my lifetime anyway! Thanks for the nightmares Mr. Giger!! He really had a grasp on shadow detail.
  • DAVIDPD
    One of the better designed to have ever created. He will be missed.
  • crystaltowers
    Oh no, Giger has gone. A truly visionary and unique artist. I'm amazed at the underwhelming comments from some others here. "One of the better designers" indeed! Giger was a tour de force in airbrushed, gothic artwork and sculpture. He practically invented a whole subgenre of biomechanical fantasy art. The 'Alien' is the greatest cinematic monster in history. No debate. Endlessly copied, never surpassed, forever terrifying. The world has lost both an incredible artist, and a kind and gentle person. Taken way too soon. :(
  • lattimore
    Stop assuming your audience here are all 12 year old film newbies. Anyone with a love for film - and why I would imagine they are even on your site, would know all too well the name H.R. Giger as a legend in Cinema history. Your tone appears condescending and ignorant to readers that know their 'stuff' He will be greatly missed, however his work will live forever.
  • grimjob
    Ahhh, Giger. Giving children nightmares since the 1970s. Amazing artist! RIP

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