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Dark Star: HR Gigers Welt (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 18 August 2015 (USA)
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A look at the life the dark surrealist Swiss artist, H.R.Giger shot a year before his death.


Belinda Sallin


Belinda Sallin
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Swiss German

Release Date:

18 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Star. El universo de H.R. Giger See more »

Filming Locations:

Zurich, Switzerland

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T&C Film AG See more »
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In Spain it was first released only in Madrid (Cineteca) and later in 3 provinces more (4 theaters). The film was projected in subtitled version. See more »


References Alien (1979) See more »

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An Awful Documentary
16 May 2018 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

Instead of being a joyous celebration of the life and artwork of H.R. Giger, the man who (in 1979) had created "Alien" (SyFy's most hideously awesome monster of all)..... "Dark Star" was truly a sad, pathetic, and oppressively suffocating film documenting the final year of Giger's life as he was obviously deteriorating both physically and, especially, mentally.

It was almost horrifying to see that Giger had become so utterly consumed (in an unbalanced way) by his own artwork and that the stifling interior of his home in Switzerland represented that of the inside of a decrepit crypt of a hording pack-rat.

Yes. I do fully respect Giger as being the gifted illustrator who created "Alien" - But this documentary's uncomfortable ambiance gave me the creeps. From start to finish - It had squalor, oppressiveness, and death clearly written all over it.

And, with that - I totally resent director, Belinda Sallin for presenting Giger in the disrespectful way that she did (as a doddering, old kook) in this truly repulsive presentation.

*Note* - In 2014 - Hans Rudolf Giger (70 at the time) died from a fall sustained in the hospital.

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