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R.I.P. H.R. Giger, Passes Away At 74

Horrible news today for the horror world as it is being reported by SRF that Hans-Ruedi Giger, known to the horror world as H.R. Giger, the man who created the Xenomorph in the Alien series and Sil from Species (among a lot more), has passed away after sustaining injuries due to a fall. He was 74 years old.

Giger, who was born in Switzerland in 1940, was renowned for his bizarre, surreal art, mixing technology with organic, sexual with horrific. Giger won an Oscar for “Best Visual Effects” for his design of the Xenomorph in Ridley Scott’s Alien. He recently worked with Scott on 2012’s Prometheus, providing original designs.

His loss is a sharp blow to the art and horror world and we send our thoughts and deepest condolences to his friends and family.

Below is a small gallery of some of Giger’s work.




  • Rest in peace.

  • Jason Bartlett

    He probably read your Godzilla review. RIP. He was a legend.

  • The time that we spend on this earth is short and fleeting, make every moment count, love every minute, for you never know when your time is up in this world. Rest in Peace, H.R, Giger.

  • Tosufai

    One of the greatest artists around.

  • MRNasher

    An amazing man whose contribution to art and film has yet to be equalled.

  • Jason Dunn

    This is terrible news.

  • Chandler Of-Adelaide

    Beksiński in 2005 and now Giger…the two best horror artists ever…dammit!

  • I started drawing because of this guy. Such an inspiration for me and a pioneer regarding that type of art 🙁 Rip Giger

  • Saren Nevac

    RIP Giger, i will have a drink in the Giger Bar to toast your sad passing and amazing art work.

  • Kat Kattz

    i’m v sad 🙁

  • Krug09

    WOW defiantly a loss with out him we would never had the design of the alien and whole planet. This guy was so damn creative and visionary. R.I.P

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  • J Jett

    very sad news. this man is one of the most talented artists ever.

  • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

    Rest in peace, dark prince. Now THIS guy was truly a legend, and I’m glad he got to come back to the world of Alien one last time before his passing.

  • Darkness69

    Utterly devastated ever since I heard about his passing. He is my favourite artist and I cannot put it into words how much I love his art. My condolences to his wife Carmen and his friends, some of whom I had the pleasure of writing with.

  • cosmicstargoat Giger is mentioned with honor in this review. His sets were without peer in the greatest horror movie ever!

  • VictorCrowley

    R.I.P. to a true horror legend. He will be sadly missed. Thank you for all your contributions. Alien would never have been anything without you.

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  • Pav

    Rest in Peace H.R., we’ll never forgot you…

  • Jonathan.Dreadful

    A true horror legend. Some of his art is difficult to look at but it is all beautiful and unique. Thank you for inspiring the Alien series and for all your contributions to horror. R.I.P.

  • Lana Del Gay

    R.I.P. Mr. Giger. You will be dearly missed, and thankyou for the wonders your art has allowed me to view.

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