Rest in peace with Our Nightmares: H.R. Giger
Ron Seifried | On 13, May 2014
There are not many designers in film history that the general public knows their name. But there is one, and today we mourn his passing, and it wasn’t as a result of a reptilian, acid filled serpentine escaping from his abdomen. H.R. Giger’s work has influenced generations and will continue to do so decades after we are gone.
The Swiss artist passed away at the age of 74 in a Zurich hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a fall.
His Oscar-winning film work includes a who’s who of memorable iconic frightening images that kept as many people awake as “Jaws” and “Psycho.” But the terrifying creation that he will be remembered for is “Alien.”
His artwork is not for family gatherings. Critic Fritz Billeter once wrote that Giger’s work was “loaded with eroticism tending often towards the shocking and the sadistic” and sometimes taking the form of an “orgiastic cult”.
Inspired from his painting “Necronom IV”, the Alien creature helped make his name a household name and earned him an Oscar in 1980. His books of paintings, including Necronomicon and Necronomicon II and the frequent appearances of his art in Omni magazine inspired generations of artists and designers alike, equal only to Ralph McQuarrie of Star Wars fame.
The surrealist’s work expanded across the entire original “Alien” series, “Poltergeist II,” “Spiecies” and “Prometheus.” He even designed a radically different Batmobile for “Batman Forever” that was ultimately rejected for being a bit too far out.
Giger also worked on album covers from the Dead Kennedy’s to ELP and even dabbled in computer games with”Dark Seed” and “Dark Seed II” for PC, Mac and the Amiga.
A permanent home for his sculptures, paintings and furniture is housed in the H.R. Giger Museum in the Château St. Germain in the historic, medieval walled city of Gruyères.
Sadly, his death was caused as a result from a fall down some stairs in his home. Rest in Peace to our nightmares.