Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi film Alien is a classic, plain and simple. It’s one of those movies studied in film school and has been poured over by critics, filmmakers, scholars and fans for decades. But believe it or not, Alexandre O. Philippe‘s new documentary Memory: The Origins of Alien shows there is still plenty to learn about the development and making of such an influential and iconic movie.
Philippe came to Sundance a couple years ago with a documentary called 78/52. That film was an extensive, in-depth examination of the classic shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Featuring a cavalcade of cinephiles, ranging from filmmakers to critics with some actors and film professors, the film gave new context to and thorough exploration of one of the most famous scenes of all time. Philippe does that again with Memory, but it’s not quite as entrancing. The presentation is a little uneven and seems to be grasping for straws at times. Read More »
As simple as they are, the opening credits for Alien are rather iconic. All the important names of the cast and crew appear on screen as the title is slowly revealed piece by piece. It appears in the movie exactly as it did in the posters leading up to the release of the film. But at one time, the title treatment was completely different, with a much stronger influence from the xenomorphs designed by the late H.R. Giger.
Check out the alternate Alien title treatment after the jump. Read More »
H.R. Giger showed us nightmare visions that were unlike those anyone else had conjured. The man who designed the Alien for Ridley Scott belongs in the pantheon of visionaries of the horrific alongside Hieronymus Bosch and Francis Bacon. Giger visualized concepts that are particularly modern, as they meld biological and mechanical elements, and are harrowingly seductive in their curvaceous sexuality. Now H.R. Giger has died at the age of 74, due to injuries sustained in a fall. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Alien movies are creepy and terrifying, and no sane person would actually want to live through (or, as often as not, die from) the characters’ terrifying ordeals. But the characters designed by H.R. Giger are fascinating ones, and it’s tough to imagine any sci-fi fan not wanting to get a closer look. If cocktails are also involved, all the better.
The creature designer has already opened up two bars based on his creations, both in Switzerland, and according to a new report may now open a third in the U.S. as part of the Sci-Fi Hotel. Details like “when” and “where” are still being worked out, but it’ll be an “immersive” experience like the other ones. Hit the jump for more details.
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If you don’t want to know anything more about Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus than the trailer(s) will eventually tell you, I’d advise skipping this article. I’ll offer the same warning I have with a few other pieces of coverage we’ve done on the film: nothing after the break here is wildly spoilerish, but it may still be more than you want to know.
While Ridley Scott has been pretty tight-lipped about the exact nature of Prometheus, a new interview clarifies a few things. Will the classic Alien xenomorph be in the film? And what’s the story with the Alien ‘space jockey,’ the backstory for which is a core component of the new film? Along with those minor details, Scott confirms that some work was done by original Alien designer H.R. Giger, and specifies just what the Swiss artist did for the film. Read More »
One of the most exciting pieces of news to emerge from Cannes this week was the announcement of Jodorowsky’s Dune, a documentary about the failed attempt by ambitious and very possibly insane Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky to film Frank Herbert‘s novel Dune in the mid-’70s. The project has long stood as one of the great ‘films that never were.’ Just the idea of seeing the surviving participants talk about what the film might have been is exciting, and that’s what the doc offers — hopefully we’ll also see art and designs that have not previously been released.
So here’s the first promo video for the film, in which Alejandro Jodorowsky explains just how ambitious his plan for the movie really was. Read More »
This news, if correct, will make some people very happy, but let’s stress ‘if correct.’ The wife of Swiss artist and designer H.R. Giger told the TV show Glanz & Gloria (video here) that her husband is ‘on board’ for the new Alien film being developed by Ridley Scott. This would mark the artist’s first direct association with the Alien series since David Fincher’s Alien 3. Read More »