The Most Potentially Deadly Booby Traps in Home Alone
Home Alone is a classic for a reason. Although it’s celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020, that hasn’t stopped it from being one of the most widely-watched movies during the Christmas season. One of the reasons for this is the incredible booby traps that Home Alone makes significant usage of. However, because the movie is a comedy, these booby traps don’t look remotely as deadly as they probably would be. Here are the most potentially deadly booby traps around the McCallister household.
It might not seem like it, but icy steps could absolutely be a very deadly booby trap. Marv trips on the first step and falls all the way down the basement stairs. Plenty of people report injuries due to falling down the stairs every year, and falling down that many stairs could absolutely harm someone very significantly. At best, Marv is likely going to deal with some aches and pains for weeks; at worst, he could end up with life-threatening injuries.
Tar-Covered Basement Stairs
As Marv tries to make his way out of the basement, he goes up the interior basement stairs. Kevin has covered the stairs with tar, which takes off Marv’s shoes and socks, then causes him to step on a nail barefoot. It’s unlikely that this nail would cause too much damage immediately, but the reason it’s on this list is that there’s very serious potential for tetanus if the nail had rust on it, potentially leading to death if he doesn’t get a vaccine.
When Harry approaches the front door, he initially attempts to open the door with the doorknob. However, because Kevin has heated up the doorknob from the inside with an electric barbecue lighter, the door has become red-hot, burning Harry’s hand and branding him with the “M” on the doorknob. As with the basement stairs, this probably won’t harm Harry too much at first – it’s nearly hot enough to cause Harry’s hand to burst into flames, but not quite. The main problem could arise with the potential for serious infection as this burn heals.
Fake Light Bulb
In the basement, Marv scrambles for a way to make sure he’s able to see. He pulls a cord that he assumes turns on the overhead light, but Kevin has actually attached it to a hot iron, which falls down the laundry chute and hits Marv in the head. With a four-pound steam iron falling 15 feet, it’s absolutely possible for all the bones around Marv’s eyes to have broken, which can certainly cause serious injury both immediately and over a period of time.
As Marv and Harry make their way up the stairs, attempting to find Kevin, he puts into play a booby trap that allows him to knock the burglars back a bit. These are full paint cans that he swings from the top railing. As with the steam iron, the real damage of the paint cans doesn’t show up in the movie. However, with this weight swinging on that trajectory, it’s extremely likely that Marv and Harry would have both ended up with severe injuries.
It makes sense that the climax of the movie would also be the most potentially dangerous for the burglars. In this scene, Kevin climbs over to a treehouse that’s connected to the rest of the home with rope. As Marv and Harry attempt to follow him, he snips the rope, causing them to swing into the home’s brick exterior walls. This would absolutely cause huge amounts of damage, likely full-body for both Marv and Harry, very possibly resulting in their death.
Home Alone is a comedy movie, which explains why they don’t present these injuries as potentially deadly. It’s all about slapstick humor, which audiences have clearly loved over the years. When you next watch Home Alone with your family, consider pointing out all the ways in which things could have gone bad. It might surprise you.