The visionary artist H.R. Giger passed away this week at age 74, days away from the 35th anniversary of the work he’ll probably be remembered for best, Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien.
After hearing the news this morning I hopped online to show my son Sid pictures of Giger’s creation, and talk about this strange man and his work. “Alien like in Aliens versus Predator?” he asked. I’m not ready to show my nine-year-old the movies, especially the first and best of them, but he’s seen pictures of the monster. Kelly Sue DeConnick’s son Henry, younger than Sid, has recently gotten obsessed with Giger’s creature, also without seeing any of the films. The creature really speaks for itself, and I bet it always will. Do we look at it differently now than we did in 1979? Sure. But we’re different. And we’re different, in part, because of what people like Giger put into the world.