Published on December 22, 2007
The madcap comedy franchise, which kicked off in 1990, focuses on the adventures of Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), a precocious eight-year-old who's left alone to deal with burglars during the Christmas vacation. Written and produced by John Hughes, "Home Alone" not only launched its young protagonist to superstardom but also spawned a series of sequels. However, like most franchises, only the first and second movies, with Culkin in the lead role, really cut it.
Home Alone (1990)Kevin McCallister has become the man of the house, overnight! Left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, Kevin gets busy decorating the house for the holidays. Two bumbling burglars are trying to break in, and Kevin's rigging a bewildering battery of booby traps to welcome them. Written and produced by John Hughes, the film also features Catherine O'Hara and John Heard as Kevin's parents, and Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as the burglars.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
This time Kevin is lost in the Big Apple with enough cash and credit cards to turn the city into his playground. But Harry and Marv (Pesci and Stern again), still smarting from their last encounter with Kevin, are bound for New York too, and they're plotting a huge holiday heist.
Home Alone 3
The third instalment is written by John Hughes, but comes with a new cast and director. This time the young boy is Alex Pruitt (Alex D Linz) and he's home alone with the chickenpox in a quiet Chicago suburb when four terrorists with high-tech gadgetry stumble into his house.
Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House
This film was made for TV and goes back to the original Kevin character (played by newcomer Michael Weinberg). Kevin's now nine and his parents have split up. He's spending Christmas with his dad (Jason Beghe) at his girlfriend Natalie's (Joanna Going) mansion when robber Marv (French Stewart) and his sidekick (Missi Pyle) break in.
The Disc: The box set comes with a snow globe as a special gift but sadly for Thai viewers without a Thai soundtrack. Subtitle options are Thai, English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese.
The cover price is Bt990 and the collection is selling for between Bt789 and Bt920.
by parinyaporn pajee