H.R. Giger

June 02, 2014 | 6:08 a.m.

Sigourney Weaver eyes new Ripley adventures at Hero Complex Film Fest

Sigourney Weaver takes questions from fans and talks about the lasting significance of the "Alien" franchise at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Sigourney Weaver was midway through praising her character of Ellen Ripley, her iconic role from the “Alien” franchise, whom she called “an existential hero” with a firm “moral compass,” when she alluded to a very popular discussion among fans. “Had we done a fifth one, I don’t doubt that her humanity would have prevailed. … “I do feel like there is more story to tell.” Weaver’s appearance capped off the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. The actress took the stage for an in-depth Q&A between screenings of Ridley Scott’s landmark 1979 science fiction film “Alien” and James Cameron’s 1986 sequel “Aliens.” (Cameron was a guest of honor at the festival on Saturday, on hand for a Q&A of his own between screenings of “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”) Weaver […]
May 13, 2014 | 5:57 p.m.

H.R. Giger, Surrealist artist, ‘Alien’ designer, dead at 74

H.R. Giger poses with two of his works at the art museum in Chur, Switzerland. (Arno Balzarini / AP Photo/Keystone)
H.R. Giger, the legendary Swiss surrealist artist whose designs for Ridley Scott’s “Alien” changed the cinematic science fiction landscape, has died at age 74. Giger won an Oscar for 1979′s “Alien,” and his work appeared in the sequel “Alien 3″ as well as the 1995 movie “Species.” In addition to his sculptures, he painted and designed furniture, and amassed a macabre collection of unusual artifacts that included eight human skeletons. In a 1998 interview with Times staff writer Kathleen Craughwell, the then-58-year-old said that his otherworldly art was influenced by the cruelty to animals he witnessed as a child in his native country: “I could see how [the farmers] knock down a cow with the big hammer. One was holding her and the other was hammering this cow. It was terrible. And they’d cry, and this noise, I never will […]
July 27, 2011 | 6:59 a.m.

‘Alien’ guest essay: Looking back in horror to 1979

This painting, Necronom IV (1976), convinced director Ridley Scott to hire Swiss designer H.R.Giger to create the titular monster in "Alien." (H.R. Giger)
GUEST ESSAY Ridley Scott just presented “Prometheus” to Hall H fans at Comic-Con, and that has Finland’s Juhani Nurmi, a journalist and devoted fan of “Alien,” looking back in horror – and appreciation.  “In space, no one can hear you scream.” That’s the best movie slogan I know, and in my book, nothing else comes even close. Ditto for the poster (designed by legendary graphic artist Bill Gold), which is sinister yet elegant in its minimalism. It depicts a luminescent egg floating in a dark void, above a grate. Obviously, we’re talking about Ridley Scott’s “Alien.” This year marks the movie’s 32nd anniversary and more than that, the movie is back in the pop culture conversation with new urgency as Ridley Scott toils in Iceland on “Prometheus,” the 2012 release that began life as a straight prequel but  has now reportedly morphed into something […]
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