Believe it or not, one of our most beloved childhood Christmas flicks, Home Alone, turns 25-years-old today! Also, are we really that old? (Answer: Yes.)
If you’re like us, there’s a good chance you’ve joyfully sat through Kevin McCallister’s festive misadventures battling bumbling burglars Harry and Marv about a hundred times over the past quarter century.
By now, you probably feel like you know the movie inside out, right? Well think again!
Here’s a look at 14 face-smacking facts about the holiday classic that you (probably) never knew.
Macaulay Culkin was always going to be the star
The concept for Home Alone was inspired by Macaulay Culkin’s hilarious smart-kid role in 1989’s Uncle Buck.
Buzz’s girlfriend wasn’t really a girl
Remember the classic picture of Buzz’s girlfriend’s that Kevin finds? It turns out that the pic was actually a photo of a boy dressed up as a girl because director Chris Columbus felt guilty calling an actual girl an uggo. “Woof!”
Frasier was almost in it
The role of Kevin’s grumpy Uncle Frank was originally written for Kelsey Grammar. We can totally see that.
That movie wasn’t a real movie…
The black and white mob film that Kevin watches called Angels With Filthy Souls wasn’t a real movie. It was created specifically for Home Alone. “Keep the change ya filthy animal!”
…But the tarantula was very real
That was actually a real tarantula on Marv’s face! Actor Daniel Stern agreed to have the creepy spider crawl on him for one take only. He had to fake his scream in order to not scare the crawler. The shriek was later dubbed in in post-production.
A different ‘Goodfella’ almost played Harry
Robert DeNiro was originally picked to play gold-toothed burglar Harry, but he turned it down. Joe Pesci got the part instead.
Harry had a very dirty mouth
Joe Pesci had a potty-mouth on set. The actor kept accidentally using f-bombs during the burglar beat-down scenes and had to continuously re-shoot them. Director Chris Columbus tried to get him to use the word “fridge” instead.
Macaulay wasn’t the only Culkin on set
Kevin’s Pepsi-loving, bed-wetting little brother Fuller was actually played by Macaulay Culkin’s real life brother Kieran. He looked a little different back then too.
There was some method acting involved
The scene where Harry and Marv hang Kevin up on a coat hook and Harry bites his fingers was actually real. Joe Pesci was method acting in an effort to make Macaulay Culkin scared of him. He even drew blood!
The Poles love it
Home Alone is the most watched film in Poland every Christmas. Each holiday season, over 5 million viewers watch Kevin beat up the Wet Bandits.
No, those ornaments weren’t real
The painful looking Christmas ornaments that Marv stepped on when breaking into Kevin’s house were actually made out of candy.
It was a real slog for John Candy
John Candy shot his entire part in the film in 23 straight hours. Yikes. He also improvised some of it, like the story he tells Kevin’s mom about forgetting his son at a funeral parlour once to console her.
That spooky furnace had a secret
The effect of the spooky furnace in the McCallister’s basement was created by two crew members using fishing line and flashlights.
There are more ‘Home Alone’ flicks than you think
We obviously know that there was a sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. But to date, there have been five Home Alone movies in total. The third was a theatrical release, and the fourth and fifth were made for TV. And you’re fine not knowing about them.