H.R. Giger, Poltergeist II: Drawings 1983-1985


'Thanks to his work on the iconic creature for the film Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979) H. R. Giger was firmly established in Hollywood’s supernatural horror and science fiction genres. Giger went on to work on the design of the ghosts for Poltergeist II: The Other Side (Brian Gibson, 1986). Unlike his work on Alien, on the set at Shepperton Studios, England, Giger collaborated on the movie remotely from Zürich, basing his creatures on Michael Grais and Mark Victor’s screenplay and airmailing the airbrushed designs to Los Angeles. Due to his absence as well as misunderstandings with the director and the studio as well as a meager production budget, the dark inscrutability and amorphous plasticity of Giger’s initial shape-shifting sketches ended up falling flat on celluloid, coming to resemble cheap-looking monsters in a B-movie.

Poltergeist II—Skizzen 1983–1985 is a facsimile edition of Giger’s original sketchbook, containing 135 of his remarkable drawings as well as drafts of letters expressing doubts and suggestions to director Brian Gibson.'

Hardcover, 17 x 21.5cm, published by Editions Patrick Frey, 2021