It’s hard to imagine what the Alien movies would look like without the singular vision of Swiss artist H.R. Giger. But before Giger was hired on to design the film’s monsters and worlds in the image of his own Freudian, biomechanical nightmares, Alien director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Dan O’Bannon were struggling to imagine what their extraterrestrial horrorshow would actually look like
In July of 1977, Swiss artist H. R. Giger received an unexpected call from Dan O’Bannon, a Hollywood screenwriter who was very keen for Giger to help bring his latest screenplay, Alien, to life by way of some concept art. Days later, O’Bannon explained further in a letter that contained this list of things to be designed—a temple, the egg, the Facehugger, the Chestbiurster, and the “terrifically dangerous” Alien itself. As we now know, Giger took the commission on and became a vital member of the crew. Three years later, he and his team won an Academy Award for Best Achievement for Visual Effects for their incredible work.
The Tree Of Life
I just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! Hopefully everyone has the chance to be with their friends, families and loved ones this season. And while every household else is watching fucking Miracle on 34th Street, I like to continue the tradition of presenting Commando. A movie which undoubtedly puts me in the Christmas spirit. Enjoy!
Mark Hamill at the set of the Empire Strikes Back
Stanley Kubrick filming Jack Nicholson during the axe scene in The Shining
Only remaining image from Original ending of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining
This scene was meant to take place between the escape of Wendy Torrance and her son Danny from the homicidal clutches of her deranged husband Jack, played by Nicholson, and the Overlook Hotel and the final images showing a young Jack in a photograph taken on July 4, 1921 at the hotel. After their escape, the scene cuts to a hospital where Wendy is recovering from his horrific ordeal. Stuart Ullman, Jack’s boss at the Overlook), visits her in her room to see how she is recuperating and to invite her and Danny to spend some time at his home in Los Angeles. He then departs but not before giving Danny a green tennis ball. In the scene it is revealed that the police checked the entire grounds of the Overlook and could not find Jack’s body, which creates more questions than it actually answers.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug
Tim Curry, while filming IT
Anthony Hopkins testing different masks for Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs