H.R. Giger, perhaps best known in mainstream pop culture as the designer of the xenomorphs from the “Alien” franchise (for which he won an Oscar in 1979), was a reclusive artist who lived in a dark, macabre world of nightmares.
“Where others flee, he makes his home. What others dread, he makes his habitat. What others fight to suppress, he drags back to the surface. Throughout his life, HR Giger inhabited the world of the uncanny: a dark universe on the brink of many an abyss.”
So professes a new documentary, “Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World,” which shines light on the mysterious Swiss artist during the final years of his life (Giger passed away in May of this year). Directed by filmmaker Belinda Sallin, the film offers a rare look at the man and the mind behind the uncanny, uncategorizable art that is certified nightmare juice for some, and comfort zone for Giger. (Check out this gallery of images from his house and garden for a better sense of what we’re talking about.)
Living in what looks like the set of a Rob Zombie film, Giger “did not create this world because he held it dear, but rather because he had no other option. It was the only way this amiable, modest and humorous man was able to keep his fears in check. Giger was merely the bearer of dark messages, charting our nightmares, drafting maps of our subconscious and moulding our primal fears.”
The first English-language trailer for Sallin’s film has arrived, and features a ton of Giger’s work, as well as the man himself. Check it out below. “Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World” is currently playing in Switzerland, but no U.S. release date has been set yet. Stay tuned for updates. [Live For Film]