‘Home Alone’ Celebrates 30 Years: Watch Unseen Footage from The Movie Set

by Josh Lanier

Home Alone just turned 30. Feel old yet? The Christmas classic is considered staple viewing every year for many families, but there’s still a lot about the film that people don’t know.

Entertainment Tonight recently spoke with members of the cast and crew and unearthed behind-the-scenes footage of the production. Some of which was shot by Macaulay Culkin. The crew gave him a camcorder to keep him busy between shots.

One of the more interesting parts of the segment is old interviews with the stars discussing their hopes for the film. While we know the movie will become one of the most beloved holiday films ever, they can only hope will be received well.

“It’s the dream when you make a Christmas movie for it to become one of those movies people watch every Christmas,” said Catherine O’Hara, who plays the forgetful mom Kate McCallister in the film.

Daniel Stern said he remembered how silly the movie was to make. He plays the other half of the Wet Bandits with Joe Pesci. But it wasn’t all fun, he said. The famous scene where Kevin McCallister puts a tarantula on his face was more real than he expected. He was hoping they’d use a rubber spider, but the director said it didn’t look right on camera. The terror on his face as the spider creeps across it is completely real.

“That was when I let out a scream I think I learned from Psycho,” Stern said.

Macaulay Culkin Knows Why ‘Home Alone’ Still Holds Up

The breakout star of Home Alone is obviously Macaulay Culkin. He was only 10 when the movie was released in 1990. But despite his age and limited acting history, director Chris Columbus said he was a quick study. More than that, he was funny in a way that most kids aren’t. Pesci said he was impressed with how quickly the boy learned the lingo and adapted to life on the set.

“I was really terrified throughout the first couple days of shooting,” Columbus said in 2015. “McCaulay had not done a lot at that point so I wanted to make sure his performance was really strong. He is the leading man of the movie.”

It’s safe to say they accomplished that goal. For his part, Culkin said that despite it being a “lifetime ago” he’s still happy with the film.

“It’s still funny in the way now today that it was back then and I think it will continue to be,” Culkin said recently. “It’s a classic movie and I’m very, very proud to be a part of that.”