logo
Youtube/Movieclips
Youtube/Movieclips

5 Awesome Facts about Beloved Christmas Movie 'Home Alone' — from Script Writing to a Tarantula

Bettina Dizon
Jan 09, 2021
04:20 P.M.
Share this pen
FacebookFacebookTwitterTwitterLinkedInLinkedInEmailEmail

The "Home Alone" series became a fan-favorite Christmas film after its first franchise premiered in the '90s and is still being watched today.

Advertisement

After Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) took viewers on an adventure on his solo holiday protecting their household, "Home Alone" grew a solid fanbase that allowed for a second and third installment.

It has been three decades since the Christmas movie premiered, yet the yuletide season still makes it one of the most beloved films and part of the top five holiday movies ever. Here are a few facts about "Home Alone."

Advertisement

IT TOOK TEN DAYS TO WRITE THE SCRIPT

John Hughes is the brilliant scriptwriter of the film, who also wrote hits such as "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles." According to his son, James, John finished the script in less than ten days before traveling to Europe. He said:

"[...] After returning home, he revisited the premise: What if one of the kids had been accidentally left behind? Over the next nine days, he completed the first draft."

Macaulay Culkin on the set of "Richie Rich" in Los Angeles, CA, United States. | Source: Getty Images

Macaulay Culkin on the set of "Richie Rich" in Los Angeles, CA, United States. | Source: Getty Images

Advertisement

THE TARANTULA WAS REAL

One of the Wet Bandits' memorable scenes was when Kevin set a trap using his brother's pet tarantula. The realistic spider that crawled into Marv's face was no camera trick -- it was a real live critter!

It also became the highest-grossing domestic-live-action comedy in history with a revenue of $285,761,343.

Macaulay Culkin smiles for a portrait photo on March 6. | Source: Getty Images

Macaulay Culkin smiles for a portrait photo on March 6. | Source: Getty Images

Advertisement

IT ALMOST DID NOT RELEASE

The script immediately sold to Warner Brothers but was put on hold after the production exceeded the allocated budget of $10 million. Filming eventually stopped, and all hope seemed lost.

However, John was able to convince 20th Century Fox to save the Holiday movie, although it may have been quite wrong to hold under-the-table meetings with them.

Macaulay Culkin smiles for a portrait photo on March 6. | Source: Getty Images

Macaulay Culkin smiles for a portrait photo on March 6. | Source: Getty Images

Advertisement

JOE PESCI ACCIDENTALLY BIT CULKIN

As the movie draws close to its end, the Wet Bandits had their glimpse at a small victory by catching Kevin and threatened to bite the child's fingers, which Joe Pesci accidentally really did.

"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," Culkin shared.

Advertisement

IT HOLDS A 27-YEAR RECORD

The film immediately hit the number one spot in the 1990 box office and stayed there for 12 weeks before moving to the top 10 until the middle of the following year.

It also became the highest-grossing domestic-live-action comedy in history with a revenue of $285,761,343. It took the title for 27 years until the Chinese film "Never Say Die" premiered.

The movie's star, Culkin, turned 40 years old in 2020, leaving kids of the '90s feeling old. Despite his older years, Culkin is still known and associated with the film that made him a massive star.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Kevin Costner Was 'Enthralled' with 1st Wife Yet Had Reputation as 'A Total Hound' & 'True Rogue'

March 27, 2022

Vin Diesel Consciously Looked for Ms Right for Years Yet He Has Not Wed His 3 Kids’ Mom for 14 Years

January 30, 2022

Ron Howard Was Most Concerned about His Kids' Values — Inside His Decision to Protect Them

April 26, 2022

Samuel L Jackson & Wife Are Married for 41 Years & 'Still Love Each Other' Though They Took 10 Years to Wed

March 10, 2022

Meet 'Under the Banner of Heaven' Star Rory Culkin Who Also Comes from a Large Family like His Character Sam Lafferty

April 29, 2022

Tyler Perry Was Broke Living in His Car - He Recalls in Tears That He Was Only 'Praying & Believing’

February 23, 2022

Ron Howard Owned a $12,5M Central Park Apartment & $27,5M Mansion — Inside His Luxury Lifestyle

March 19, 2022

'Yellowstone' star Taylor Sheridan's Enduring 8-Year Marriage with Wife Who Left Her Career & Moved with Him

February 07, 2022

Kate Winslet’s 1st Husband Isolated Her from Family - She Divorced Him Shortly After Welcoming Their Baby

April 02, 2022

Debra Winger Still Saves White Dress from 1st Wedding as It Felt 'Electrifying' Wearing It for Her 2nd Husband

March 15, 2022

'M*A*S*H's Sally Kellerman Lost Husband & Daughter in 3 Months & Still 'Put on a Brave Front' Amid Grief

February 25, 2022

George Clooney Believed He Would 'Never Get Married Again' or Be a Dad until He 'Hit the Jackpot'

March 13, 2022

Michelle Obama Felt ‘Lost & Alone’ as She Could Not Conceive at 35 - She Described Having a Baby as ‘Magical'

March 12, 2022

George Clooney Is Now Happily Married to 17-Years-Younger Wife & Is Dad of Twins Whose Birth Made Him Emotional

January 30, 2022