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New Documentary on Surrealist H.R. Giger, Who Designed the ‘Alien’ Xenomorph, Coming Soon

New Documentary on Surrealist H.R. Giger, Who Designed the 'Alien' Xenomorph, Coming Soon

It was the hammer-headed Xenomorph from Ridley Scott’s 1979 “Alien,” with its macabre, womblike set design, that won famed surrealist H.R. Giger his Oscar in 1980 for Best Achievement in Special Effects.

Now, Icarus Films and KimStim have announced the joint acquisition of North American distribution rights — including theatrical, home video and TV — to “Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World,” directed by Belinda Sallin. 2015 release date forthcoming.

Giger, who died in 2014, designed out-of-this-world sets and scenes for “Poltergeist 2,” “The Other Side,” “Alien 3,” “Species” and “Prometheus,” to name a few, along with mind-bending cover art for Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Debbie Harry and Danzig. Giger was recently featured in the terrific documentary “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” chronicling the thwarted attempt by Alejandro Jodorowsky, who approached Giger to contribute VFX designs, to mount the Frank Herbert sci-fi film maudit that ultimately went to David Lynch. 

“Dark Star” chronicles his life and work as a sculptor, painter and coveted VFX designer before he died in Zurich in 2014. Around the time of his death a very honest letter surfaced in which director James Cameron apologizes to Giger for not consulting him on his sequel “Aliens.”

LSD pioneer Timothy Leary, in The New York Times, said: “Giger’s work disturbs us, spooks us, because of its enormous evolutionary time span…It shows us, all too clearly, where we come from and where we are going.”

Watch the “Dark Star” trailer below, and check out a gallery of Giger’s work here.

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