HR Giger’s dark designs for the “Alien” film saga are among the most indelible creations we have in the great the horror cinema cannon. Truly, a nightmare made manifest in gleaming obsidian biomech beauty.

In my staggering wanderings around the interwebs, I stumbled some time back on this amazing “dental phantom” from the 1930’s. It is from 5HandsCuriosities‘ collection. He acquired it at the famed purveyors of the weird, Obscura, in NYC. It came to mind again and I thought I would share it here. It was used for dental students to practice their craft.

When I saw it, it was an immediate, visceral connection for me (and apparently so many others who see it), with Giger’s work. Imagine entering your dark bedroom hallway to see a creature with THAT noggin leering at you. Simply awesome.



Author: David Edward Johnson

A bit about me :: My name is David Johnson. I'm a senior creative with over 20 years of experience. I am currently serving as the Director of User Experience and Product Design at Inmar. Previously, I have served as the Global Digital Creative Director for Whole Foods Market, several agencies at the VP level and co-owned my own agency in New York for seven years. I love genre film, a full range of music, art, kung fu, TM, design, good food and a great joke. I'm based in Austin, Texas and addicted to BBQ.

2 thoughts on “FILM :: GREAT MINDS…”

  1. I used to sneak into this club, Limelight in NYC. They allegedly had a room designed by Giger but I never got in to see it. You had to be super V.I.P. to get in, I was usually just friends with the band.
    I want that helmet but I can’t stop wondering whose teeth those are.

  2. You HAVE to wonder on those choppers! That’s the fascinating thing, methinks.

    I had to look up that Limelight deal. Here are pics of the installation :: — I guess it was a three-year exhibition of his work. Looking at the pics, I’m a little surprised that they lit it all the way they did. It strikes me as a bit garish or cartoonish. I think the leeched-out, unhealthy grays of Giger’s work at large are what make it look so disturbing.

    Hey… even to be a friend of the band is cool. As I age, I take solace in memories like that… “At least I was there.”

    I’ve been digging into your blog. Great stuff there! Love the reviews!!!

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