The Alien movies are already chock-full of nightmare fuel, much of it based on the work of Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger. The iconic look of the insect-like xenomorphs perfectly demonstrated Giger’s blend of distorted human figures and disconcerting eroticism, combining to ensure the creatures of Alien a spot on any self-respecting list of most memorable movie monsters. In fact, if you were to ask me to come up with a way to make, for instance, the the Facehuggers any more disturbing than they already are, I can honestly say I’d be stumped. You’ve got those long, bony fingers. You’ve got the tail to snake around your neck. You’ve got the uncomfortably sexual maw, just ready to jam down your throat and pump in an unwanted abdominal visitor. How the hell could you get any freakier than that?
Well, you could build one out of real-life animal bones.
It may lack the squishiness of the original model, but the fact that this one reflects its origins — created from bits and pieces of different species — is just downright creepy, and entirely in keeping with the body horror of the film series. I keep envisioning this as a prototype from the Engineer vaults, one that constantly evolves and modifies itself by harvesting from other creatures. Don’t worry, it’s only going to need a few of your bones…
Created by a Flickr user with the appropriate handle of Forgotten Boneyard, the piece is called “Parasitoid.” It was cobbled together using the bones of a box turtle, mink, skunk, coyote, mouse, and wild turkey.” The artist doesn’t say much about the piece, but I’m presuming he was inspired by a recurring series of nightmares where something was whispering from the shadows, and then he woke up naked and covered in someone else’s blood. Cthulhu fhtagn, y’all!