Special Effects Icon Rick Baker, Known for 'Thriller,' Is Retiring – and Auctioning Off His Collection

Before the age of CGI, Rick Baker was the power behind the fangs of some of Hollywood’s most famous monsters.

The special effects designer and makeup artist, 64, is retiring from the business and auctioning off some of the iconic memorabilia from his collection of creatures throughout his career.

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

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.