Home Alone: 10 Deadliest Traps Kevin Ever Made, Ranked

With the holiday season fast approaching, we fondly look back at when Macaulay Culkin got to play the world’s smartest 8-year-old, Kevin McCallister, in two of the greatest Christmas movies to ever deck our halls: Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

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While Kevin may have had a baby-face and a mile-wide smile, he was no angel and proved with his wit and imagination that no burglar could outsmart him (at least not the Wet/Sticky bandits). Despite his motives to defend himself, his home, and a sizable donation to a children’s hospital, some of Kevin’s tactics were down-right deadly. Here’s a ranked list of how deadly this Christmas- menace’s traps really were.

10 Paint can to the face

The fact that a full paint-can knocking a person in the head, and sending them flying down a few stairs in the process, is ranked last in this list should let you know how sinister Kevin truly was. In the first film, when the bandits try to follow Kevin up the stairs, he launches a pair of paint-cans over the banister and lands direct hits on both of them.

While perhaps not deadly, although it certainly could be, both of these morons should have been knocked out cold by this trap. Not to mention, Harry lost his beloved gold tooth.

9 Tool chest down the stairs

In case you weren’t aware of it, tool chests are heavy. Really heavy. Another classic trap involving a flight of stairs finds Kevin once again taunting the wanna-be burglars to chase after him.

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Unfortunately, when Harry pulls a door-handle leading to the stairs and finds a rope attached to it, he unknowingly triggers a full tool chest to roll down the stairs and smash himself and Marv into the opposite wall. The result may have only been some broken noses for the duo, but this particular booby-trap could’ve turned out a whole lot worse.

8 Blow torch to the head

Perhaps it wasn’t deadly, especially since Harry wasn’t dipped in kerosene first (we’re getting to it) and it only scorched the top of his ski-cap, but considering the fact that Kevin used what looked like a blow-torch on steroids for this particular trap, it’s conclusive to say that Harry got lucky.

When the shorter of the wet-bandits successfully makes his way into the McCallister home, he does so pretty easily going through a simple unlocked door, only to find the door rigged with said jacked-up blow-torch. Luckily he had some snow to dip his scalp into, but had the taller of the wet-bandits decided to try that particular door? Very different story.

7 Cut zip-line to the treehouse

Two and a half story fall? Check. Slam into the side of a brick wall in the process? Check. Getting into the more lethal traps set by the youngest McCallister, Marv even says when they appear at the window with the rope leading to Kevin’s treehouse that maybe the kid committed suicide by jumping out of it.

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Stupid idea, but he was spot on that a fall from that height would do a decent amount of damage. To add injury to injury, when the moronic burglars try crossing the rope to get to the treehouse, Kevin cuts them loose, and they smash into the outside of a solid brick fireplace. Take your time getting up guys, that one hurt.

6 Pipe to the face

Don’t you remember what happened at trap number 10? No? Well, you got smacked in the face with a paint can and sent down several stairs. So how would a child make this already dangerous trap even more deadly? Use the paint cans as a diversion and hit them with a lead pipe instead. When the sticky bandits come to another flight of stairs, they’re prepared for Kevin’s trap and cleverly dodge the flying jugs.

Bad news for them, Kevin’s smarter than that too and followed it up with a lead-pipe encore, knocking the burglars down not just a few stairs, but an entire story. Even better, Kevin cuts the pipe free and lands one more hit on the idiots. Right in the schnoz!

5 Bricks thrown from Four stories up

Somebody tell the MLB to get Kevin McCallister on the phone! The kid landed not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 direct hits from 4 stories up! Regardless of how impressive the act may have been, the trap itself was beyond lethal if Kevin had decided to throw even one brick.

To be fair, this wasn’t Marv’s fault since Harry kept egging Kevin on, but the fact of the matter is that the taller sticky bandit must have the hardest head of any criminal in America to be able to take that many bricks to the face and stay out of a hospital bed.

4 100lbs of plaster falling several stories

The Kevin from the original Home Alone was a walk in the park compared to the Kevin who had access to New York City resources, attaching a 100lb bag of plaster to a rope leading several stories down to the basement as one of his traps. When Marv walks up to the rope and pulls on it to see if it’ll hold him, it understandably doesn’t budge.

But once Marv tries to start climbing, putting his entire weight on the rope, the 100lb bag makes the several story drop and explodes against the burglar’s head. The movie may have shown just a puffy, white plaster cloud as a result, but in real life, this 100lb trap would’ve done some severely lethal damage.

3 Set rope on fire

What’s deadlier than a two and a half story drop into a brick wall? How about a three and a half story drop into some paint cans after somebody tries to set you on fire? Kevin really stepped up his pyromaniac skills in the second movie by luring the bandits to the roof and then coaxing them to climb a rope all the way back down to catch him.

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As soon as the already battle-worn burglars start shimmying down, Kevin ignites the kerosene-soaked rope, causing the duo to let go and plummet to the concrete. You had enough yet, or are you thirsty for more?

2 Electrocuted through sink

One of his most thought out traps, and easily one of his deadliest, Kevin really proved how clever he was with this particularly shocking plan. When Marv slips on some slime and knocks over an entire shelf of paint cans (who knew paint cans could be so deadly?), he understandably gets slathered in a coat of paint.

Kevin plans for this to happen and sets it up right next to a deactivated metal sink, which he then rigs to an arc welder. Once Marv tries to clean himself off, Kevin cranks the arc welder up to 11 and electrocutes him until there’s nothing left but a skeleton. Kevin might be a little too good at this.

1 Blow torch to the head, dipped in kerosene

Again, we completely understand trying to defend your turf, but this particularly deadly trap was pretty excessive. When Kevin uses the same blow torch trap that he did in the first movie, Harry’s initially ready for it, but not when it happens before he steps into a bathroom.

With no snow to extinguish the flame this time, Harry notices the toilet bowl filled with ‘water’ and shows off some impressive acrobatic skills in order to put it out. Unbeknownst to him, Kevin had previously filled the toilet with kerosene instead of water, causing Harry to send the entire first floor of the building sky-high. Even with your motives, Kev, you deserve a little coal in your stocking for this one.

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10 Best Death Traps In The Saw Franchise | ScreenRant

The Saw franchise is one of horror’s bloodiest. More torture than horror, Saw may be an acquired taste, but the series stands on some genuine merits. While the first film’s critical reception was rather middling, it still pulled off an incredible plot twist while telling a humble, fairly tense, story. Saw II felt similarly grounded, but it undeniably widened the series’ scope. 

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By Saw III, Jigsaw being given an epic send off and each subsequent entry would indulge deeper into what Saw fans wanted to see: traps. All of Saw’s best traps have weight to them, tying into character arcs or just writing out longtime favorites in increasingly brutal ways.

10 The Reverse Bear Trap

Audiences’ introduction to Amanda will always be one of the most memorable moments in Saw. She’s the only character who explicitly survives her trap in the first film. Her game also establishes a very important detail that fans ignore: Jigsaw isn’t playing fair. Amanda has to kill a man to survive. 

For a serial killer who doesn’t kill, it sure seems like he orchestrated a scenario where someone was explicitly killed. Regardless, it’s a tense scene in general. Knowing that Amanda survives doesn’t take away from the tension. If anything, it keeps it bearable. There’s some real emotional intensity to Amanda struggling to break free. 

9 The Angel Trap

On the subject of Amanda, this is the first Amanda orchestrated trap seen in the series. It’s especially notable because it results in the death of Detective Kerry, the only character who’s been in all three films thus far. With the roster of officers slowly dwindling, logic would dictate that Kerry would take over as Saw III’s lead. 

But she dies within 20 minutes. The Angel Trap pierces into her ribs and an acid soaked key sets Kerry up to fail. Amanda’s test is cruel, unfair, and takes Jigsaw’s philosophies to its extreme. It’s through Amanda where his mantra as a serial killer is challenged. He never healed her. He only created a monster. 

8 Jeff’s Final Test

With Kerry dead, newcomer Jeff ends up taking the role of protagonist for the rest of Saw III. The film ends up centering on Jeff’s personal struggles. Carrying the grief of a son who died in an accident, he comes face to face with the people closest involved with his boy’s death. Or at least those Jeff feels are most responsible for his state of mind. 

It’s a story about forgiveness, and a cruel one. It seems that Jeff does ultimately come to learn his lesson, but Jigsaw goads Jeff into losing his temper. Jeff’s final test was to spare Jigsaw, but there was never a way he was going to succeed. After everything Jeff endured, the pieces fell exactly where Jigsaw needed them to. 

7 The Mausoleum

Saw IV’s opening trap, the Mausoleum is one of the more interesting traps in terms of concept.Two men are chained together, one with his eyes gouged and the other with his mouth sewn together. They need to communicate somehow to keep each other alive while their chains gradually pull them towards their death. 

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It’s a good concept, and one that could work. But it plays out exactly how one would expect: with the blind guy freaking out to the point of being unhelpful. Art is forced to kill his compatriot to get free, but that’s how all Saw traps go. 

6 The Water Cube

Saw IV and V were really setting Strahm up as the lead of the Hoffman Jigsaw movies. Strahm’s introduction in Saw V sees his head trapped in a cube. It slowly fills with water as Strahm realizes there’s no way out— the trap isn’t designed to be survivable. Lucky for Strahm, he busts out his pen and jabs it into his throat, ensuring he doesn’t drown to death. 

It’s probably the most creative way anyone survives in these movies, and the pen is actually a detail Saw IV highlights often. It’s easy to miss as it’s subtle, but Strahm has that pen in virtually every single scene he’s in. That’s a nice little detail for observant fans. 

5 The Glass Coffin

Of course, surviving a trap in Saw only means that another trap is on the way. Strahm may survive the Water Cube, but the Glass Coffin proves fatal. In a rare twist, the aforementioned object isn’t the cause of death. Rather, the Glass Coffin is the only safe space and Strahm pushes Hoffman right into it. 

Strahm is gruesomely crushed to death after two films of development and Hoffman survives with a smile. It’s interesting to note, however, that Strahm was likely doomed no matter what he did. Hoffman could have very easily trapped Strahm beneath the walls, making the Glass Coffin his tomb. 

4 Adam And Dr. Gordon’s Test

The first Saw is a genuinely good horror movie and it’s bolstered thanks to the dynamic between Adam and Dr. Gordon. The way their backstories end up blending into each others’, revealing more about the plot, allows viewers to form a real emotional attachment with both characters before things really hit the fan in the last act. 

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Dr. Gordon is forced to saw off his foot, but the game was rigged from the start. Adam had the key inside the bathtub, but it slid down the drain. Everything they did was ultimately futile. But upsettingly realistic. What’s especially nice about this trap is how slowly the two characters piece things together. It really feels like each moment is earned by sheer virtue of time noticeably passing. 

3 The Shotgun Carousel 

Saw IV and V, while interesting for those paying attention to the plot, are clunky films. They’re too gross for their own good and have mediocre B-plots at best. Together, they’re probably the worst movies in the franchise. Which makes Saw VI’s sudden spike in quality all the more endearing. It doesn’t last into Saw 3D, but it’s a nice change of pace. 

The Shotgun Carousel is an especially brutal trap, with William forced kill off his employees one by one. It’s a very visceral scene that feels sickeningly real. It’s also serves as some actual commentary from Saw that goes beyond “people unmake themselves.” 

2 Eric’s Test

Saw II isn’t as good a film as Saw I, but it has an interesting plot, an interesting main character through Eric, and a great plot twist. Eric’s test is probably the easiest in the series. All he has to do is sit down with Jigsaw and talk. Had he waited it out, it would have been revealed that his son was safe and with them all along. 

But Eric, like most victims in Saw, is his own worst enemy. He succumbs to his demon, beats Jigsaw, and drives himself to what ultimately becomes his grave two movies later. It’s a sad fate for a surprisingly layered character. 

1 The Reverse Bear Trap 2.0

Hoffman is a persistent serial killer. Saw VI really should have been the end of the series considering he manages to kill virtually every single person on his trail, effectively ending the Jigsaw investigation. Unfortunately for Hoffman, the original Jigsaw’s wife intervenes and places him within the Reverse Bear Trap.Like Amanda, Hoffman survives, but he has to fight for it. This trap is designed to kill him outright, there’s no ambiguity about it. Seeing Hoffman struggle only to smash his face into the window is only clever for a second before half his jaw is torn off as Saw VI cuts to credits. It’s an unforgettable way to end a movie.

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Renan Fontes