Epiphany alert! Did Kevin McCallister of home alone grow up to become ‘the’ Jigsaw?
The ‘Home Alone’ series has been one of my all-time favourite Christmas movie franchises of all time and will continue to be so, no matter how many ever Holiday movies come and go. A theory that surfaced long after the successful movie was – whatever happened to Kevin McCallister?
Macaulay Culkin shot to the zenith of his career at a very young age, but failed to remain on top for long. His stardom was short lived and he fell to his careers’ nadir rather soon too. He fell prey to drugs, fame, a failed relationship with Mila Kunis and sort of faded away from the picture, altogether. So, what was he upto all the while?
1 Is there some resemblance between Jigsaw and Kevin?
Diverting the subject away from Home Alone, (for no apparent reason, ahem) I’d like to talk about another one of my favorite psychological horror franchises, ‘Saw’. Jigsaw alias John Kramer, the protagonist/antagonist is a sinister mastermind who traps his victims in cleverly crafted, so called ‘games’, and also serves as a mentor to other serial killers, through the seven films in this series.
Is it just me or is there an uncanny resemblance between the innocent but masterly pranks of Kevin McCallister and the cynical and twisted tendencies of Jigsaw? And considering the rather random disappearance of Macaulay from tinsel town, putting two and two together…
DID KEVIN FROM HOME ALONE ACTUALLY GROW UP INTO THE FREAKING JIGSAW?!?
(*cue dramatic epiphany music in the background*) Dun dun duuuuuuuuuunuun.
If that wasn’t mind-canoodling (censorship issues) enough, hear me out.
2 Breaking down Kevin’s character
Kevin has a face as cute as a button and a charm that can win over almost anyone. But has all this camouflaged his actual, rather screwed up tendencies? I mean, think about it. This kid has serious anger management issues and violent intentions.
I recall the quite unexplainable tantrum he threw over a mere pizza. Okay, pizza may be a big deal, but enough to ruin an entire family dinner? I think not. Kevin is also guilty of taping his Uncle Frank in the shower and using it later on as potential blackmail material. Not only that but also stealing and credit card fraud.
Kevin also seems to be thrilled by his next door neighbour, the ‘Shovel Slayer’, who is shown to be a probable murder suspect. Though the scene is depicted rather comically, Kevin death threatens a pizza delivery boy with recorded clippings.
I don’t know if it was the immaculateness of his face or the Christmassy backdrop of the films but it certainly has mitigated Kevin’s true personality and made us overlook so much.
What’s that I hear? I’m overdoing it with my exaggeration? I know, I know but hey, is this honestly how a normal child behaves? How can you not note the striking similarities between Jigsaws’ skillfully designed murder traps and Kevin’s plots against Harry and Marv?
3 Similarities in scheming
Do you remember the metal mouthed furnace in the basement of the McCallisters’ house that Kevin was petrified of? Now recall the metal mouth clamp Jigsaw used to torture Amanda. Ring a bell? Also, in one of the films, Jigsaw placed an antidote to a poison inside a furnace as bait to allure his victim before he charred him alive. Over the years, the furnace switched sides maybe?
The use of recorded tapes, the victim triggered home-defense devices, the usage of fire – isn’t this testimony enough?
4 Their faces too!
Who has a fair milky complexion, blond hair, blue eyes, ghostly pallor and a squarish chin shape?
I’m pretty much thoroughly convinced that beneath that freaky white mask with the red swirls was definitely this ‘angelic’ face.
If you thought Walter White was the only harmless looking chap to have broken bad, you may have to re-assess yourself. Although I’m (we’re?) in denial, although I’m (we are right?) in shock, I think I have established my point. Kevin from Home Alone is no longer alone; we have him in our thoughts.