E.T. as a Horror Movie? See the Creepy Original Designs (PHOTOS)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Universal Studios

updated 05/29/2014 AT 1:00 PM ET

originally published 05/28/2014 AT 4:05 PM ET

Quick, hide your Reese’s Pieces!

Today we know E.T. as Steven Spielberg’s lovable alien with a penchant for ladies’ clothes, but his story could’ve been far different. According to Uproxx, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial started as a horror movie.

The original plan was to make a spooky sequel to Close Encounters of the Third Kind about a group of freaky UFO passengers harassing an innocent family. With the working title Night Skies, the film was set to be directed by Texas Chainsaw Massacre mastermind Tobe Hooper … and his E.T. predecessors were going to look a little something like this:

No, he sure doesn’t look like the bike-ride-in-a-basket type! When Night Skies was still in the works, special-effects wizard Rick Baker was tapped to create prototype aliens for the project. Decades later, Baker has decided to reveal some of these original mock-ups for the first time on his Twitter account.

Fortunately or unfortunately – depending on taste – Night Skies morphed from menacing creature feature to the 1982 family-friendly classic we know today. These aliens never made it to Earth, but now film fanatics have a peek into what could’ve been.

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