H.R. Giger, ‘Alien’ set designer, is dead

FILE - In this 1995 file picture Swiss artist H.R. Giger is photographed at his house in Zurich, Switzerland. H.R. Giger, who designed the creature in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic "Alien," has died at age 74 from injuries suffered in a fall. Sandra Mivelaz, administrator of the H.R. Giger museum in Chateau St. Germain told The Associated Press Tuesday May 13, 2014 that Giger had died in a hospital the day before. Giger received a 1979 Academy Award for special effects in 'Alen'. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martin Ruetschi, file) ONE TIME USE ONLY Swiss artist H.R. Giger is photographed at his house in Zurich, Switzerland in 1995.(AP Photo/Keystone/Martin Ruetschi)

Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger is dead, Swiss media reports. The 74-year-old painter, sculptor and set designer died after a fall.

Giger won an Oscar for special effects for the 1979 film “Alien.” His artwork “Landscape XX” (warning: NSFW), used by the Dead Kennedys in a 1985 record that later resulted in obscenity charges for the punk band, was no less creepy.

Here’s a 2010 documentary about the man:

And some of the more disturbing scences from “Alien”:

Justin Wm. Moyer is a reporter for The Washington Post's Morning Mix. Follow him on Twitter: @justinwmmoyer.
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