Dark Star Offers A Melancholy, Intimate Portrait Of Artist H.R. GigerCheryl Eddy5/08/15 11:00amFiled to: MOVIE REVIEWDARK STAR: THE WORLD OF H.R. GIGERDOCUMENTARYARTSURREALISM3824EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThere’s a sadness running through Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World — a portrait of the Swiss artist whose most famous creation was the title character in Alien. It comes from knowing that its subject died last year. But the mood suits this appreciative study of a man who counted fear and death among his muses.Most of Belinda Sallin’s documentary, which opens May 15 (look for VOD August 18), takes place within and around Giger’s ramshackle Zurich home, a wondrous maze filled with his surreal drawings, paintings, sculptures, and other talismans: a skull collection, random things floating in jars, endless stacks of books, his always-underfoot pet cat, and, oh yeah, his Oscar. “The house is almost like a living being,” observes one close associate interviewed here, among several who offer articulate insight, including: his wife, Carmen; the poster seller who gave him his first break, Hans H. Junz; and one of his assistants, Thomas Gabriel Fisher, also known as Tom G. Warrior, frontman of death metal pioneers Celtic Frost.