There is absolutely no doubt that George Lucas
's venture into the fantasy space opera genre was a high-risk, high-reward situation, and luckily in May of 1977, it all proved to be worth it, with Star Wars
becoming a worldwide phenomenon. There are so many brilliant elements to those first three movies that have kept them in the pop culture conversation and in fan's minds over forty years, many of which often do not get the appreciation they deserve.
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These elements include the production design, effects, and costume/make-up of the trilogy, which all do outstanding work bringing a plethora of species to life. Some of their work results in iconic aliens and beloved creatures, but also some that can fear-inducing, creepy, and, for younger audiences, downright terrifying.