Movie News: H.R. Giger Dies at Age 74


Photo Credit: Arno Balzarini/AP Photo

Photo Credit: Arno Balzarini/AP Photo

 

The brilliant mind behind one of the most horrifying space monsters in motion picture history, the Alien from Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie ‘Alien”, has passed away from injuries he suffered from a fall. He was 74. Mr. Giger won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects in 1980 for his creation of the Alien, in ‘Alien’.

 

In 1998, Giger opened his own museum located in a medieval castle in Gruyeres, Switzerland, where his unique works are displayed. The museum has many of Giger’s original artwork, which he described as Biomechanical, featuring the human body fused with machines and industrial parts.

 

Giger once stated, in a 1979 interview with Starlog magazine “My paintings seem to make the strongest impression on people who are, well, who are crazy, If they like my work they are creative … or they are crazy.”

 

H. R. Giger was born Hans Rudolf in the eastern Swiss town of Chur in 1940, and is survived by his second wife, Carmen Maria Scheifele Giger.

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