a) Freddy Murer's Swiss Made
In 1968, Giger created a suit for a biomechanoid humanoid for Freddy Murer's short film Swiss Made 2069, to be worn by a human. This was Giger's first movie monster and it featured a movie camera mounted into the front of the head of the creature replacing the face. He also created a biomechanoid shell for a small dog to wear as well to go with this suit.
|Swiss Made 2068|
Giger: The painting Necronom 4 which would later become the Alien or part of it. it came about partly through a monster which I had already created before for a half-hour film called Swiss Made
by Freddie Murer. For that film I created a first extraterrestrial in three dimensions. That was a figure that already had a long head with a long occiput and one eye was the camera and on its chest there were two spools of tape and from that there was a kind of microphone to pull out or a kind of pull out stand. And the whole figure was made from polyester, it was it was kind of boney and black, like some kind of armour which merged with the trunk and the arms and legs and a belly they were in a kind of black leather, they were kind of quilted like for example let's say like you use for ice hockey where you have these sausages which they make so that you can bend the arms and legs and you are at the same time protected from the puck, from any hard shots of anything like, and in that of style I created this extra terrestrial. At the same time I created a dog for this film. Unfortunately it disappeared, Dali wanted to have it and I sent it off and it disappeared. (From a report of what Giger said in his interview with Alien Evolution)
|Swiss Made 2068|
c) Based on an earlier design
The creature was inspired by the head of his female biomechanoid in the drawing Woman with Child from 1967. The main humanoid head has a mechanical viewing device projecting about a foot ahead of the face of the humanoid and the back of the head is similar in shape as well.
|Woman with Child, 1967|
At the end of Swiss Made, the extraterrestrial is arrested by security people who take him to a hospital. He is examined by people in the hospital but his suit is to be found an empty shell without an explanation.
Another point of interest is that from 8 to 29 October 1966, the TV series Dr Who and the 10th Planet was being aired on BBC television.
The cybermen were a race of cyborgs from another planet Mondas hell bent on taking over the human race, and towards the end of the story, the destruction of the Cyberman's homeworld leads to the destruction of the cybermen. Here their suits have large block like machines on the front of the chest. By the end of the story a cyberman is seen to die and his inner organic body dissolves leaving an empty suit with its mechanical components.