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Did H. R. Giger Inspire Chupacabras? Species Creator Dies

Did H. R. Giger Inspire Chupacabras? Species Creator Dies 86

by Loren Coleman

A famed designer of metallic-appearing movie creatures has died from the result of injuries from a fall.

Swiss surrealist artist H.R. Giger who designed the monster and revolutionary sci-fi sets for the film Alien died in a hospital on Monday, May 12, 2014. He was 74.

Hans Ruedi Giger, the son of a chemist, was born Hans Rudolf in the eastern Swiss town of Chur on February 5, 1940.

Having studied architecture and industrial design in Zurich, Giger’s work explores the relationship between the human body and the machine, and he created nightmarish dreamscapes in a style he described as “biomechanical.”

Giger’s vision of a human skull encased in a machine appeared on the cover of “Brain Salad Surgery,” a 1973 album by the rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Along with his design for Debbie Harry’s solo album, “Koo Koo” (1981), it featured in a 1991 Rolling Stone magazine list of the top 100 album covers of all time.

Giger’s Most Famous

Giger went on to work as a set designer for Hollywood, contributing to Species, Poltergeist II, Dune, and most famously Alien, for which he received a 1979 Academy Award for special effects. His most famous creation would be the otherworldly creature in Ridley Scott’s 1979 science fiction horror film Alien. Frequently frustrated by the Hollywood production process, Giger eventually disowned much of the work that was attributed to him on screen.

In 1998, he opened his own museum in Gruyeres in central Switzerland, which displays many of his own paintings, sculptures and film designs as well as his private art collection, including works by Salvador Dali.

Chupacabras and Species

Although Giger is best known for his creations for the Alien films, cryptozoology fans will recall him more significantly for his Species invention, Sil. And from Sil may have come the modern Chupacabras (the singular and plural of the name is the same)!

In 2010, National Geographic News published an article by Kar Than quoting me about the various origins theories for Chupacabras ( see here).

Loren Coleman, director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, agreed that many Chupacabras sightings—especially the more recent ones—could be explained away as appearances by mangy coyotes, dogs, and coyote-dog hybrids, or coydogs.

“It’s certainly a good explanation,” Coleman said, “but it doesn’t mean it explains the whole legend.”

For example, the more than 200 original Chupacabras reports from Puerto Rico in 1995 described a decidedly uncanine creature.

“In 1995 Chupacabras was understood to be a bipedal creature that was three feet [about a meter] tall and covered in short gray hair, with spikes out of its back,” Coleman said.

But, as if in a game of telephone, the description of the Chupacabras began to change in the late 1990s, due to mistakes and mistranslations in news reports, he said.

By 2000 the original Chupacabras had been largely replaced by the new, canine one. What was seen as a bipedal creature now stalks livestock on all fours.

“It was actually a big mistake,” Coleman said.

“Because of the whole confusion—with most of the media reporting Chupacabras now as dogs or coyotes with mange—you really don’t even hear any good reports from Puerto Rico or Brazil anymore, like you did in the early days. Those reports have disappeared and the reports of canids with mange have increased.”

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First Chupacabras: Monkeys or Movie Madness?

So what explains the original Chupacabras myth?

One possibility, Coleman said, is that people imagined things after watching or hearing about an alien-horror film that opened in Puerto Rico in the summer of 1995.

“If you look at the date when the movie Species opened in Puerto Rico, you will see that it overlaps with the first explosion of reports there,” he said.

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“Then compare the images of [actor] Natasha Henstridge’s creature character, Sil [picture], and you will see the unmistakable spikes out the back that match those of the first images of the Chupacabras in 1995.”

Another theory is that the Puerto Rico creatures were an escaped troop of rhesus monkeys on the island, which often stand up on their hind legs.

“There was [allegedly] a population of rhesus monkeys being used in blood experiments in Puerto Rico at the time, and that troop could have got loose,” Coleman said.

“It could be something that simple, or it could be something much more interesting, because we know that new animals are being discovered all the time.”

The Visuals Are Compelling

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Of course, I credited Ben Radford for the Species theory, but the reporter left that out. In Ben Radford’s book, Tracking the Chupacabra, the then Skeptical Inquirer editor wrote that Chupacabras, in the original 1995 form, came on the scene in Puerto Rico, after the “first eyewitness” viewed the film or clips for Species. Radford might be wrong about this hypothesis, but it is worthy of noting the similarity in body design between Sil and the classic P.R. Chupacabras.

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Chupacabras cultural items are displayed at the International Cryptozoology Museum.

The Associated Press noted a final intriguing tribute that Giger himself acknowledged before he died.

Giger was pleased that his idea of machines with human skin became a popular motif in body art, that many took on a Giger flair. “The greatest compliment is when people get tattooed with my work, whether it’s done well or not,” he told Seconds magazine in 1994. “To wear something like that your whole life is the largest compliment someone can pay to you as an artist.”

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AC / DC singer talks about looking for the Loch Ness monster

AC / DC singer talks about looking for the Loch Ness monster 99

Brian Johnson, lead singer of rock group AC / DC in the conversation with the journalist of NME said that once, when he was in Scotland, was looking for the Loch Ness monster with guitarist Malcolm Young, who died in 2017.

According to the musician, they and their wives stayed at a hotel right on the shores of Loch Ness. They rested and drank until Young suddenly announce:

“Let’s go look for the Loch Ness monster. I have a box of fireworks with me, they can attract him.”

Despite the fact that it was night outside, Johnson and Young still went in search of the mythical creature.

“We went into the water with our boots on. We were cold. I remember how Mal was holding a drink in one hand and a box of fireworks in the other, trying to set the lake on fire. When we returned to the wives, they were all covered in mud, and their hair was similar to straw. What a night! “- Johnson recalled.

In an interview, AC / DC’s vocalist also spoke about the band’s new album, “Power up”, which is scheduled for release on November 13th. Brian Johnson hopes the record will inspire a new generation of performers.

“Hopefully this album will get kids and teens to go out and buy a guitar instead of looking at dancers on TikTok. It would be great if more young rock bands write their songs and take the stage more often,” he said.

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Loch Ness monster spotted in a Chinese lake?

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The ranger of the national park on the Changbai Plateau in China has published photographs in which, he says, you can see a strange creature living in the local lake Tian Chi. Talks about it are going on since 1962.

A man named Xiao Yu noticed an unusual dark object on the surface of the reservoir during his daily walk. He began filming the “monster” until it disappeared under water a few minutes later.

Lake Tian Chi is 4.9 square kilometers on the border of China and North Korea. Sometimes the North Korean military go fishing here on boats, but on the Chinese side, fishing in the lake and unauthorized visits to the park are strictly prohibited. Xiao Yu noted that he had seen boats on the lake more than once and would never have mistook them for a “monster.”

The caretaker’s message caused a stir in the Chinese media and social networks. The fact is that reports of a strange creature in Tian Chi have appeared regularly since 1962. He was nicknamed “the Chinese Loch Ness monster” and made the subject of conspiracy theories.

Biologists declined to comment on what exactly the park employee could see in the photo, because it is difficult to see something  in the picture in detail. They recalled that there are many plausible explanations for the Scottish Loch Ness monster. It can turn out to be both a large eel and periodically floating logs of Scottish pine.

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Bigfoots attacked tourists in the Ozark National Park, Arkansas

Bigfoots attacked tourists in the Ozark National Park, Arkansas 101

Fort Smith native Ellen (not her real name) tells us a thrilling and frightening encounter with Bigfoot in the Ozark National Park – outside Campbell Cemetery on Tuesday night. According to Ellen, she and her husband Robert decided to find a secluded place to live a couple of days far from civilization and even so that numerous tourists were many miles away.

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Therefore, they chose the area of ​​the old abandoned Campbell cemetery, where no one had wandered in for about a hundred years. And now, according to Ellen, she and her husband heard something like an animal growl, permeating the air and coming from somewhere in the thicket. After a few minutes, the growl intensified and seemed to be closer.

“It sounded like some hefty creature had found its lunch,” says Ellen.

However, what slightly frightened Ellen was that their dogs, which always bark at the approach of predators, suddenly shrunk, huddled near the tent and began to whine. Then Ellen and Robert, in order to somehow cheer up the dogs, got out of the tent and also began to growl. But the joke failed.

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In response to their voices, the growl from the thicket became really aggressive and began to spread around, from which Ellen and Robert realized that there were at least two creatures. Ellen did not even think about some “Bigfoot” and assumed either large wolves, or even bears, when suddenly hefty sticks and stones flew into the tent.

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This infuriated Robert and assuming that some hooligans were hiding in the bushes, Robert gave the command to the dogs to teach the offenders a lesson.

“It was the biggest mistake of our life,” says Ellen and begins to cry.

According to her, when the dogs disappeared into the thickets from there, at first the sounds of a struggle were heard, then one of the dogs uttered such a monstrous cry that Ellen had never heard anything like it in her life. After that, everyone began to howl, whine and scream, and pieces of dogs flew towards the tent.

At first, Ellen and Robert thought that these were big stones again, but when they saw that a dog torn in half had been thrown at them, they came into indescribable horror and, leaving everything, rushed to run. Ellen and Robert went to the police first.

The police found a tent and equipment, but there were no pieces of dogs there, so the couple announced that they were crazy. However, friends told Ellen that something similar happened in the national park last month and we just reported about it.

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