Why H.R. Giger's Alien Is A Movie Monster Masterpiece

Video: Alien's xenomorph is just plain cool. But why exactly do we love this grotesque monster so much? YouTube's kaptainkristian explores that exact question, delving into the delightfully creepy mind of Swiss surrealist artist H.R. Giger and exploring the nuanced cinematic genius behind this otherworldly parasite. Really, it's a brief archived interview of the late Giger, quoted toward the end of this mini-doc, that explains so succinctly why audiences have been drawn to this acid-spewing alien for more than 35 years:

I always wanted my alien to be a very beautiful thing, something aesthetic. A monster isn't just something disgusting -- it can have a kind of beauty.

Mission accomplished.

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    I remember from the extras on the DVD they interviewed Giger on creating some of the effects, especially the chest burster for John Hurt's scene. He was rushed into making an idea for it which could be used on-set immediately, so he mocked up like a 4 headed monster out of a frozen chicken and some parts. He was so embarrassed by it he didn't want to show the director. So I think they went with an idea off of one of his paintings again. Brilliant guy. Too bad he died falling down some stairs, bad way to go.

    H.R. Giger is an absolutely fascinating character. Many of his works could form the basis of horror-movie sets. Visiting the Giger Bar / Museum is something I must do before I die. Look up the videos on YouTube. Like walking into a bar made by the Aliens.

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