Designer Hans Rudolf “Ruedi” Giger, who shot to fame when he created the Alien for Ridley Scott’s iconic film in 1979, has died aged seventy four. The award winning artist died in hospital on Monday from complications following a fall.
The artist and designer, best known for his horror work that he said was inspired by night terrors, was hired by Alien co-writer Dan O’Bannon after seeing his design plans for the film Dune. He was recommended to Ridley Scott, who hired him to work with ET Creator Carlo Rambaldi. Rambaldi brought Giger’s visions to life, with the end result being the iconic and instantly recognisable Alien creature.
The terrifying skeletal based monster, with elongated head, inner second jaws and acid for blood earned Giger a visual effects Oscar for the film, which starred Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt and Ian Holm amongst others.
HR Giger’s unique freehand designs were also used in other horror films, including Aliens, Species and Poltergeist II. In 1998, the HR Giger Museum was opened, to showcase his incredible work, and is now run by his wife, Carmen Maria Scheifele Giger, which also features a lot of his own private art collection, with works from the likes of Salvador Dali and Dado.
The legacy of any good artist is that their work will always be remembered, and this is definitely the case for Giger. His stunningly chilling visualisations will haunt the dreams of children and young adults for years to come.