For a special holiday edition of Science on Screen, Film Streams will team with the University of Nebraska Medical Center to raise a provocative question about the classic holiday film Home Alone.
Is Kevin McCallister a psychopath?
Upon its release in 1990, the John Hughes-penned blockbuster was anointed into the canon of Christmas films. But with the distance of a few decades, Home Alone seems like a somewhat unlikely film to gather the family ‘round. When his neglectful family leaves him behind for Christmas vacation, the film’s hero, eight-year-old Kevin McCallister, experiences elation and discovers the solitude for which he’s always yearned. And when a duo of home invaders threaten his newly liberated living situation, Kevin methodically and creatively takes them out over a long, gruesome Christmas Eve.