12 Days of Christmas Movies: Home Alone (1990)


Joe Pesci & Daniel Stern's characters have great special fx to show the beating they got from an 8 yr old. Image from http://www.christmasmovieslist.com

Most people don’t think of special fx when you say Christmas movies, but you would be surprised. Most of the modern-day Christmas movies have some crazy high-jinks, elf ears and other things, that require a special fx makeup artist hand.

So, from now until Christmas (12 days), I decided to talk about the Christmas movies that I love, that also have special fx makeup in them. I will also include the IMDB listing of the makeup & special fx makeup crew that made everything possible.

On this first day of Christmas, the movie I have on my  list is… Home Alone (1990) directed by Chris Columbus. The classic Christmas film where a an 8-year-old boy (Macaulay Culkin), who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against idiotic burglars (Joe Pesci & Daniel Stern).

I remember when this  film was first released, it was the biggest thing since sliced bread. Over a decade later, this movie still makes people laugh out loud when the burglars take a beating.  Of course they didn’t really drop an iron on Daniel Stern’s face to make that mark, or  burn Pesci’s head. Speaking of that mark. I believe this was the time before Tinsley Transfers, so I wonder what they used?

Here is a list of makeup/special fx artist whose work made Home Alone so great.

Special Effects by
Sam Barkan….special effects foreman
Fran Beirs….first special effects
Kenny Myers….special effects makeup (as Ken Myers)
William Purcell….special effects coordinator (as Bill Purcell)
Ron Wild….assistant special effects makeup (as Ron Wild-Figuly)

Makeup Department

Dominic Mango….assistant hair stylist
Linda Melazzo….assistant makeup artist
Kimberly Phillips….key makeup artist (as Kim Phillips)
Linda Rizzuto….key hair stylist

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