Dark Star: H.R. Gigers Welt (2014) Movie Review

Dark Star: H.R. Gigers Welt (2014)

2014 | Documentary, Biography
95 minutes /

User Score: 62/100

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Dark Star: H.R. Gigers Welt Review


A look at the life the dark surrealist Swiss artist, H.R.Giger shot a year before his death.

Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s Welt (2014) is a Switzerland documentary biography that switches back and forth between the year 2014 and archival footages. The documentary is 95 minutes long and was filmed in Zurich, Switzerland. Director and writer Belinda Sallin did a fantastic job showing us who Giger is, what stands behind his work, how he treats others, how he views the world and what a normal average guy he is. This was one of the best documentaries I have seen about someone, and that is not just because Giger’s home looks like a museum of the macabre. It is sad that this documentary started when Giger health had already started to deteriorate.

Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s Welt, aka Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World (2014), includes several stories about incidents in his early childhood including an incident with a museum mummy, bathtub for books, and rotting animal skulls. I could not get enough of seeing him working when he was younger and the paintings, drawings, and sceneries outside. It was just breathtaking and serene. His assistant Tom Gabriel Fischer had a good amount of screentime in this documentary and displays his affection for Giger. His close friends and loved ones described him as a normal guy who does not get flustered and almost always appears as though he is at peace. He is also said to be a pure artist who genuinely appreciates everyone and his work. I found this documentary to be a delicate piece of work as it is intimate and at times emotional. There are lots to see in this documentary that will appeal to horror fans.

Fans and non-fans of Giger will enjoy this film as you do not need prior knowledge as to whom he is to have a feasible pleasing watch. Be warned that a few images are disturbing to look at. As much as I was entertained watching this documentary, I could not help my mind from drifting a few times, and that is because the movie is really slow so one must have patience. An option is to keep the remote in hand and fast forward to the parts you would like to see.

About Dark Star: H.R. Gigers Welt (2014)

Title: Dark Star: H.R. Gigers Welt
AKA: Dark Star: HR Gigers Welt
Year: 2014
Runtime: 95 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.05/5 stars from 63 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 63
Starring: Leslie Barany, Sandra Beretta, Mia Bonzanigo, Tom Gabriel Fischer, H.R. Giger, Stanislav Grof, Andreas J. Hirsch, Müggi, Paul Tobler, Carmen Vega, Marco Witzig
Writers: Belinda Sallin
Director: Belinda Sallin

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