Earlier this year we lost the twisted genius that was H.R. Giger at the age of 74. He was a man who who gave us the nightmare of his most famous creation . . . the xenomorph from Alien. But he was also a man who wrapped himself in Egyptian mythology, darkness, the disturbing, and who loved to sexualize his biomechanical nightmares. The film maker Belinda Sallin became fascinated with Giger’s story and began setting it to film. The result is Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World, a haunting movie exposing the life of the eccentric artist.
Here’s a partial synopsis of the film:
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.
He 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.
HR Giger lived in the heart of Zurich in a virtually self-contained, parallel world. It is a separate universe with a dark star, the “Dark Star” HR Giger at the centre, and everything else revolving around him. In this space, plucked out of time and behind closed shutters, day blurs into night. Only his family, closest friends and a few assistants are privy to his realm, and they have their work cut out for them. The growing number of exhibitions in important European art galleries are testament to the return of Giger’s art to the established art world.
And below is the trailer for Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World: