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Home Alone: A Horror Movie Disguised As A Holiday Favorite

12 December 2013 3:23 PM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

I was graciously asked to participate this year for the Shit Movie Fest’s annual “25 Days of Shitmas” celebration of Christmas movies.  Being a total Chicago snob, I jumped at the chance to dissect and review the John Hughes classic, Home Alone.  I love writing about horror movies, but having the chance to write about something from a completely different genre is more refreshing than The Sacrament finally giving a release date.  As I wrote my giant love letter to the movie, it became quickly apparent that Home Alone isn’t a family Christmas movie…it’s a horror movie in disguise.

First of all, the film covers about four different horror subgenres.  Most obviously, it’s a home invasion movie.  The fact that two criminals are knowingly breaking into a house inhabited by an eight-year-old with the mindset to kill him is not something I’d normally associate with a family movie. »

- BJ Colangelo

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