PHOTO: “Home Alone”: 20th Century Fox; house: Wikipedia/Creative Common
With the holidays in full swing but COVID-19 keeping many of us at home, it’s a prime opportunity to binge-watch some holiday movies—and one must-watch is “Home Alone,” which turns 30 years old this year.
This classic John Hughes film from 1990 stars a young Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a precocious 8-year-old accidentally abandoned by his large, chaotic family when they jet off to Paris. Two burglars decide to break in, but Kevin exerts all his ingenuity to create an array of booby traps throughout the house that foil their efforts.
While this movie made Culkin a star, the red-brick Colonial his character protects is an unforgettable backdrop. And whether it’s due to the film’s 30th anniversary, holiday nostalgia or just pandemic-induced boredom, creative homages to the movie have been popping up online and on social media.
One fan, Los Angeles-based Loren Baker, worked with foundation construction company Groundworks to build a tribute site for the McCallister House that challenges viewers to pinpoint all 14 booby traps awaiting the burglars in a 3-D rendering of the house, from the front porch’s red-hot doorknob to the tar-covered basement stairs.
Another “Home Alone” enthusiast, programmer Kevin Urrutia-O’Reilly decked out his Austin, TX house in “Home Alone” themed decor, including a Michael Jordan cardboard cutout, two very frazzled bandits, and a light-up sign wishing all “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.”
Meanwhile, fans who crave more than a drive-by can book a night in a “Home Alone” themed Airbnb in Dallas for
How the ‘Home Alone’ house is doing today
In 2012, this 4,243-square-foot, four-bedroom home sold for $1,585,000. That’s a fair market price, with no sign of a Hollywood-influenced markup. Apparently the home’s reflected glory has faded!
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