21 December 2011

I bet cha didn't know--Home Alone Edition!

Since Christmas Vacation was such a hit, I decided to do some more research on HOME ALONE and one of my fave film makers/directors/writers, John Hughes.

Did you know...

Macaulay Culkin's famous pose of screaming with his hands on his face is reminiscent of the painting "The Scream" by Edvard Munch? 
Had to throw this one in there, I talk about this painting in art a lot with my students!

Daniel Stern was reluctant to have the tarantula on his face, and only agreed to do one and one take only of  having the spider on his face. He had to remain still and quiet during the take of it for not to scare the spider. His scream, inspired by one from Psycho, was dubbed in afterwards.

The movie that Kevin watches on video tape is not a real film, but footage specially created. It was called "Angels With Filthy Souls" (most likely based on a real life 1938 mobster movie called "Angels With Dirty Faces").

 Its imaginary sequel, "Angels With Filthier Souls" appears in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Home Alone

Home Alone 2 Lost in New York Scene

Old Man Marley was not in the script's early drafts and was added in later when it was realized the story needed an emotional connection. Early drafts ended with a freeze as Kevin remarked that he'd "just hung around."
Old Man Marley is played by actor Roberts Blossom who recently passed away at the age of 85 this past July! 

He also freakishly resembles Former President Hayes don't cha think?

The role of Uncle Frank was written with Kelsey Grammar in mind.

On the pictures you found Kevin in the box at the Buzz, supposedly his girl. In fact, in pictures the boy, who was styled as a girl. Chris Columbus thought that making fun of a girl in such a way – not good.

The concept of the movie Home Alone was born thanks to a scene from the movie “Uncle Buck”starring Culkin  which Miles (Macaulay Culkin) interrogates a would-be-babysitter through a letterbox.

 The Home Alone house is currently for sale! (Anyone have 2.4 billion dollars to buy it?)

Built in the 1920s and located at 671 Lincoln Street in Winnetka, IL — roughly 30 miles north of downtown Chicago — this stately home features four bedrooms, a designer kitchen, dual patios, an outdoor greenhouse, a full, unfinished basement, and, yes, even the scary third floor. Keep the change, ya filthy animal.
you can read more on the house in a former post I wrote about it HERE

To create the illusion Joe Pesci's head being ignited by the flamethrower, a mirror was placed in front of the camera to make the flames appear longer than they were.

And there you have it! Learn anything interesting or things you didn't know?



  1. that's interesting facts! and wow that house cost that much!?!?!

  2. What a fun post!!! I LOVED Home Alone as a child and it still makes me "feel Christmas!" It was the first chapter book I read too. :)

    And I know girl, we're like sistas from another mista!

  3. I didn't know any of this stuff! I loved that movie as a kid...in fact, still love it now!

  4. Great post!! I love learning behind-the-scenes stuff about movies!

  5. You have no idea how happy this post makes me haha! I absolutely adore home alone and quote it year round!! Just bought the dvd set this year :)

  6. 2.4 Billion??? I'll write a check! ;)
    Love these posts!

  7. Such fun facts. Love that movie!

  8. Interesting! I didn't know a lot of these.

  9. Love, Love, Love this post and that movie!!

    Merry Christmas,

    Chelsi @ www.hellovodkaitsmechelsib.wordpress.com

  10. This was a fun post! I didn't know any of these facts!

  11. I love it when you do posts like this! I think you should do one on Dumb & Dumber {one of my favorite movies EVER!} There's probably lots of interesting tid-bits about this movie haha!

  12. Love these facts! I actually got to see the house this summer when I was at a wedding this summer in Winneteka!

  13. How cool that the house is for sale! I love that house and I love Chicago...too bad I don't have 2.4 million dollars.

  14. love these posts, they're so fun!


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