Tag Archives: Aliens

Rick Baker Finally Reveals ‘Night Skies’ Aliens

27 May

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[Editor’s Note: This story was orignally written for and appeared on ETonline]

In the 1970s, director Steven Spielberg started pre-production on a follow-up to Close Encounters Of The Third Kind called Night Skies. He hired legendary special effects artist Rick Baker to create a prototype of the film’s menacing alien, and by all accounts, it was going to be spectacular.

Then, as is often the case in Hollywood, the whole project fell apart, and the film entered that strange cinema limbo of amazing movies that never were. Many of the designs were later used in Spielberg’s alien masterpiece ET in 1982, but the menacing alien was never seen. Until now!

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R.I.P. – Artist H.R. Giger Dies At 74 – The World Has Lost A Brilliant Talent

13 May

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Iconic artist H.R. Giger, the surrealist responsible for some of the scariest imagery in horror history and the man who was the personal architect and set designer for some of my most terrifying and entertaining nightmares, has died at the age of 74.

Giger was born in the Swiss town of Chur, Graub√ľnden in 1940. He began working on his art with India ink and airbrushing, and began creating brilliantly surreal and nightmarish images of fantastical monsters that often evoked a primal revulsion in a wonderfully powerful way.

Giger depicted, sometimes subtly, sometimes overly, highly sexual and sexually violent imagery into his creature design and landscapes. By incorporating phallic and vaginal imagery, Giger was able to cut into his audience’s psyche and dredge up fear and emotional confusion from within.

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