An ultimate fun-filled movie and also a Christmas classic, Home Alone is an all-time favorite. An essential to holiday movie marathon, Home Alone is the story of an incredibly imaginative young buy who has been left on his own at Christmas time and his schemes to drive away crooks who are casing their house. This movie made Macaulay Culkin is the biggest kid star of all time.
Here are a few things you didn’t know about Home Alone:
- Without Uncle Buck, Home Alone wouldn’t have existed either. John Hughes got the idea for Home Alone while making Uncle Buck which also starred Macualay. In the movie, there was a scene where Macaulay’s character interviews a potential babysitter through a mail slot and a similar scene was seen in Home Alone when Culkin interrogates Daniel Stern via a doggy door.
- Macaulay wasn’t the only Culkin in the movie. It also starred his younger brother Kieran who got the part of the bed-wetting cousin Fuller. It marked his acting debut.
- Home Alone holds the world record of topping the box office in its opening weekend making $17081997 in over 1202 theatres. And the movie maintained its position for whole 12 weeks and remained amongst the top 10 till next June. It holds record for being the highest grossing film in 1990.
- When Home Alone wrapped, the artificial snow made from wax and plastic was donated to the Lyric Opera of Chicago and has been used a number of times in their productions since then.
- If you believe that Elvis is alive, he sure came in Home Alone. Elvis Presley who supposedly died in 1977 made a cameo in the film. King is alive and living off as a Hollywood extra.
- The tree house wasn’t actually part of the property. It was constructed specially for the movie and then demolished.
- The scene where Kevin puts a tarantula on Marv’s face? That was a real spider. Stern allowed only one take though the scream was dubbed later because he didn’t want to frighten the spider.
- Kevin’s Home 671 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka, Illinois has become a tourist attraction after Home Alone. The owners Abendshien sold the property for 1.585 million in 2012.
- People of Poland love McCallisters and showing Home Alone is part of a Christmas tradition there. The national television has been airing it since the 1990s and in 2011 more than five million tuned in to watch this classic during the season.
- Chris Columbus who is also the scriptwriter of Gremlins and The Goonies has made many family movies after Home Alone. But he learnt from Home Alone that when you are working with kid actors, you also agree to work with their family too. According to him he didn’t know much about it but gradually got to know more and the stories were alarming. He had no idea that Macaulay had family troubles. Public witnessed a nasty legal argument between Culkin’s parents (who never married) in 1995 over his huge fortune.
- The role of Kevin was specifically written for Macaulay but still Chris auditioned over 100 pre-teens for the part which wasn’t needed because Culkins landed the role.