Home Alone is one of those movies that you need to watch every Christmas. It is also a movie that has a lot of cool facts and secrets that are so fun to find out. I wanted to be put in a Kevin McCallister type situation SO BADLY as a child. Even though I would have probably hid in my bed with the covers over my head, I'd like to think I'd heat up a doorknob til it was red-hot in order to foil the burglars of the neighborhood.
The character Kevin McCallister was written specifically for Macaulay Culkin.
Kieran Culkin also landed his first acting role on Home Alone!
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We all know about Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, but did you know the franchise went way WAY deeper?
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There were four sequels, three video games, two board games, a novelization, and the famous Talkboy. Man, every Christmas list of my childhood included this amazing contraption.
You can go visit the house that was the McCallister home.
It is located at 671 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka, Illinois. In 2012, it was sold by the people who lived there during filming for $1.585 million. Umm, I want to live there!
The crew built the treehouse in the backyard especially for the movie, but the owners had it demolished after filming.
Joe Pesci wasn't the first choice for the bad guy, Harry Lime.
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They offered the part to Robert Deniro and Jon Lovitz first. I can't imagine the movie without Pesci!
Joe Pesci truly terrified Macaulay.
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Well, maybe not totally, but the actor says he stayed away from Culkin on set so that he would seem scarier to him when they met up to do a scene.
There is an entire article written on how injured the "Wet Bandits" should have been.
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Called "Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars' injuries: A professional weighs in," it basically states that the two should have been dead by the end of the week. Check out this gem about Harry grabbing the hot door handle, "Assuming Harry doesn't lose the hand completely, he will almost certainly have other serious complications, including a high risk for infection and 'contracture' in which resulting scar tissue seriously limits the flexibility and movement of the hand, rendering it less than 100 percent useful. Kevin has moved from 'defending his house' into sheer malice, in my opinion."
And now Macaulay has a scar from Pesci.
Macaulay tells the story, “In the first Home Alone, they hung me up on a coat hook, and Pesci says, ‘I’m gonna bite all your fingers off, one at a time.’ And during one of the rehearsals, he bit me, and it broke the skin.”
Sounds scary enough to me.
The tarantula was real, but the scream was fake.
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Joe Pesci couldn't keep the gangster out of the role.
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Pesci was so used to playing greasy gangsters in movies like Goodfellas and Casino, when he was acting angry and yelling in Home Alone he couldn't stop dropping F-bombs.
Buzz's girlfriend was "woof" for a reason
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The photo of her was actually the art director’s son made up to look like a girl. Chris Columbus thought that using a real girl's photo was just too mean. Good call, I think.
Recognize the famous screaming face from somewhere?
They created an entirely new movie to act as Kevin's inspiration.
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The movie Kevin watches, Angels With Filthy Souls, was based on the real James Cagney movie, Angels With Dirty Faces — but was entirely new for Home Alone.
People actually tried to rent Angels With Filthy Souls after Home Alone came out. I thought it was real, too!
The ornaments the Marv steps on were made of candy instead of glass.
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