Few classic movies are as memorable as Home Alone, which marks its 30th anniversary in 2020. Many families are going to be watching this flick as they celebrate the milestone. Part of the reason this movie still draws an audience is because of its booby traps. Some are easy while others are complicated. Check out x interesting traps around the McCallister house that have made Home Alone famous.
Kevin covers the basement steps with tar knowing Marv would try to get into the house through the interior steps. Sure enough he does. The tar sticks to Marv’s feet and he’s forced to pull off his shoes and socks. Thinking he’s wiggled his way out, Marv steps on a nail barefoot and he’s let with a potentially debilitating leg wound. While this trap doesn’t seem difficult to execute, it’s quite impressive to see a young boy handling tar.
After suffering a hand burn trying to turn the front door knob, Harry decides to get into the house through the backdoor. He pushes the door slowly not knowing he’s triggering a blowtorch over his head. The torch comes on and shoots a flame that burns his marvin. A few inches lower, and Harry would have lost his face. Kevin clearly displays his technical wizardry. But what comes out more is his psychopathic tendency. He gets to torture Harry without necessarily killing him.
Harry and Marv meet up in the house and try to walk up the stairs to find Kevin. But they don’t get far as Kevin swings a paint hanging from the top railing using the rope’s trajectory. The can manages to hit the two burglars in the face and sends them tumbling down. This trap surprisingly works. But what’s impressive is how Kevin was able to understand the can’s trajectory and the speed at which it would hit both thugs.
One of the last ditch efforts to thwart the resolute thugs involves tripping Harry as he tries to go out the stairs. Seething with anger, Harry lunges forward and tries to grab Kevin. However, Kevin evades him and Harry gets tripped by a wire that’s strung across the top part of the stairs. This booby trap worked because Kevin was able to conceal it. Otherwise, Harry would’ve just stepped over the string and evaded it.
Fake Lightbulb Cord
Marv breaks the basement door with a crowbar and fumbles around for a minute before coming across a cord switch, which he assumes is for the overhead lightbulb. Kevin has tied the other end of the pull string to a hot iron box, which drops down the laundry chute and smacks Marv right on the face. He’s left with a burned face and possibly a broken eye socket.
Kevin escapes to the treehouse that’s connected to their home by gliding on a rope. When Marv and Harry try to scale the rope to the treehouse, Kevin rushes in, grabs the pruning shears, and snips the rope. The rope swings and Marv and Harry smash into the brick wall. With all they’ve been through, you’d expect the thugs to sustain critical or life-threatening injuries. But they survive.
Home Alone is famous for its interesting homemade booby traps which thwarted the persistent robbery attempts of two burglars. Some folks can’t wrap their head around the fact they’re made by a young boy. Whether simple or complex, these traps are still etched in our mind. And if you’ve fading memories, now is the best time of the year to see them in action with your loved ones.