Tuesday, May 13, 2014

H.R. Giger (1940 - 2014)

H.R. Giger, 1940 - 2014

Sadly, I never felt he found a film project that would truly wield his designs like the bio
psychomechanicasexual provocations they really are. Ridley Scott's Alien came closest, but it's basically a haunted-house movie (borrowing its one great idea from A.E. Van Vogt) that uses Giger to stage its single most atmospheric sequence (when they leave the planet, they leave much of that atmosphere behind them). It's very effective, maybe even good, but...

Species was where Giger met digital effects--some startling moments, but the whole sank from the weight of a subpar script (basically Alien disguises itself as a supermodel--or if Ripley could turn into an alien and vice-versa, ad nauseum).

Jodorowsky's Dune might have done a better job, and the sketches (see below) are awesome, but alas, it was not to be.

Paalam, Ginoong Giger; magkita nalang tayo sa kabila ng lahat.

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