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