Not too long ago, we featured an article talking about horror films that we’re unlikely to ever see. One of the entries on that list was Steven Spielberg’s Night Skies – a sort of sequel to Close Encounters that found a rural family confronting some far less friendly aliens.
Spielberg eventually decided he didn’t want to make the movie, and the project fell apart – but Rick Baker’s creature designs have turned up on the Internet. Looking at them reveals that while the aliens of Night Skies never got to star in a film, they did at least serve as inspiration for another Spielberg project: E.T.
The DNA of Night Skies isn’t only visible in E.T., though – you can also find its influence in other projects like Poltergeist and Gremlins. The latter goes as far as to feature the film’s original title – Watch the Skies – on a theater marquee in town.
While we’ll never know how awesome Night Skies might have been, we can at least look at these photos of Baker’s work and envision the film in our head. Sadly, that’s as close as any of us will ever get to actually seeing this film.
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