As the director of 1979’s Alien, Ridley Scott distinguished himself as a filmmaker of unusual promise. But the budding auteur had some amazing resources at his disposal. Indeed, the amazing script by Dan O’Bannon and a knock-out performance for Sigourney Weaver were integral to the film’s success. Still, Scott recently praised someone he considers the true star of Alien: Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger, the man who first imagined the iconic Xenomorph.
Listen to how Scott reflects on Giger’s influence in a recent interview with Screen Rant:
“In my career, which has been pretty long, there’s only been, with the greatest respect for the people I’ve worked with, two real, real originals. Funnily enough, I came across a guy called HR Giger and if I hadn’t got that monster you would not have had that movie. I saw the drawing – the drawing was drawn for the book, not the film – and I was so kind of taken, I flew to Switzerland where he lived because he didn’t want to get the plane as he was scared of flying.
“It wouldn’t have been the same movie. Whilst the cast was wonderful, with Sigourney [Weaver] and Harry [Dean Stanton] and those people, but without that eighth passenger it wouldn’t have been the same film. What I’m trying to say is that there are rarities, there are those [ideas] that occur once in the while, not that often, but when they do grab them and hang on to them.”
The future of the Alien franchise is currently in limbo; tepid responses to Prometheus and Alien: Covenant (Scott’s attempts to wrest back control of the franchise) plus Fox’s impending sale to Disney have put all plans in jeopardy. Still, Alien will remain a paradigm of horror/sci-fi and H.R. Giger will be immortalized as an artist of uncompromising talent.
Official Synopsis: In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. An organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew, causing him to fall into a coma.