Whether you believe in angels or not, they exist.
At least for Kevin McCallister they do, our titular character in Chris Columbus/John Hughes’ subliminally dark slapstick homage to the cinema of yesteryear that has been putting children on the naughty list for 25 years. HOME ALONE stands as a very unique take on a tried-and-true, yet worn home invasion subgenre, a genre that typically falls within the realm of horror thriller. Films like STRAW DOGS (1971), BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974), and WHEN A STRANGER CALLS (1979) all depict the subgenre in an expressively grim, bleak, and subversive nature that calls to mind the social upheaval and unrest of the 1970’s. Times began radically changing from the free love of the 1960’s, becoming immortalized in the powerful lens of cinema. Things were no longer safe; doors had to be locked and bicycles had to be removed from lawns, especially in the wealth of suburban homes.