Movies like Home Alone, from Skyfall to Better Watch Out

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Christmas is coming, which means it’s almost time for the most important festive tradition of all – blowing the dust off your Home Alone 1 & 2 DVD box set (or just checking the listings to find out when those perfect movies will inevitably be on the way). TV).

But if you’re a little bored of Kevin’s misadventures, or fancy something with a little more oomph, here’s how to watch Alone at home, without really looking Alone at home.

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Writer John Hughes acknowledged that the film was inspired by Sam Peckinpah’s brutal home invasion thriller Straw Dogs, released in 1971, so if you really wanted to go back to the source, we highly recommend it as a good point departure.

Otherwise, here are seven movies that play like Home Alone for the elderly.

Better Be Careful (2017)

Better Watch Out sees children being terrorized by a home invader.  (Universal)

Better Watch Out sees children being terrorized by a home invader. (Universal)

Christmas, check. Home invasion, check. Resourceful prospects who find themselves in over their heads, check. A kid who was left home alone (well, with a babysitter) who has a surprising capacity for violence, double-check.

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We don’t want to say more because there are a lot of surprises we could potentially spoil, but there’s a very good reason why Better Watch Out has been described by most reviewers as being Home Alone meets Funny Games. It’s because that’s exactly it.

Skyfall (2012)

Daniel Craig's James Bond is holed up in his childhood home in Skyfall.  (MGM)

Daniel Craig’s James Bond is holed up in his childhood home in Skyfall. (MGM)

Skyfall’s third act is 100% Home Alone, in that we thought the movie’s big reveal would be that James Bond is a codename and 007’s true identity is Kevin McCallister.

In fact, Bond 23 is probably closer to Home Alone 2, as it takes place in an abandoned building, but you get the idea. Both involve our hero fending off bad guys with a bunch of homemade booby traps from their childhood, including rigged floors and exploding light bulbs that shoot nails at their victims.

It’s all a bit lo-fi for Bond, but whatever. Didn’t he used to have high-tech gadgets? We’re pretty sure he had some high-tech gadgetry.

Don’t Breathe (2016)

Stephen Lang in the horror movie

Stephen Lang in the 2016 horror film “Don’t Breathe.” (Sony)

Remember the creepy old guy in the first Home Alone, the one who turns out to be really nice, because he just misses his family?

Now imagine if this guy was actually a creepy creep, and Harry and Marv had gone to his house instead of Kevin’s and you were halfway to imagining Don’t Breathe.

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There’s obviously more than that (including the awesome premise that this movie’s invaders fend off a blind man with some pretty intense military skills and an evil dog), but if you missed this gem of a thriller in theaters this year last, stick it on your Christmas List.

Inside (2007)

Béatrice Dalle stars in Inside in 2007. (Alamy)

Béatrice Dalle stars in Inside in 2007. (Alamy)

When a pregnant woman decides to spend Christmas Eve at home alone, she doesn’t expect a burglar to enter the house, intent on stealing her most prized possession. That’s all we’ll say on Inside, because like Better Watch Out, the less you know, the better.

But we’ll warn you that Inside is incredibly tense and ridiculously violent, so maybe don’t stick it to kids. But, despite being a brutal horror movie, it could be considered an unofficial Home Alone prequel, especially if you imagine Kevin as the unborn baby absorbing the knowledge of how to deal with someone who has broken into your home.

The Collector (2009)

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Josh Stewart in The Collector. (Liddell Entertainment/Fortress Features/Alamy)

Originally conceived as a Saw prequel (come to think of it, is Home Alone a Saw prequel? We could totally see Kevin getting hooked on the adrenaline rush of creating traps and growing up to become Jigsaw, but we we dismiss), the collector’s hero is a burglar, and the villain is a guy who sets up a bunch of traps (all made from household objects, like fish hooks hanging from the ceiling and a room full of bear traps) so that he can kidnap him in a box.

Yeah, it’s as complicated as it sounds, but if you’ve ever wanted to see Home Alone from the Wet Bandits’ perspective, this is the movie for you.

You’re Next (2011)

Sharni Vinson in You're Next.  (Alamy)

Sharni Vinson in You’re Next. (Alamy)

Some criminals are invading the family home and our brave advance must build a series of elaborate traps in order to stop them.

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Sure, You’re Next might look like something out of a horror movie, with its evil masked killers, buckets of gore and a “last girl” in the lead, but for all intents and purposes, that’s what it would look like if John Carpenter directed Home Alone.

The Equalizer (2014)

Robert (Denzel Washington) wonders if this hammer will be useful later in the film.

Robert (Denzel Washington) wonders if this hammer will be useful later in the film.

The third act of The Equalizer is essentially Home Alone set in Home Depot.

Of course, our boss Robert (Denzel Washington) is a retired CIA agent who works in a hardware store (which sounds kind of silly when you write it like that) and not an eight-year-old boy who’s stuck in his house because he has terrible parents, but they both use everyday tools to bully people they don’t agree with.

There are definitely more deaths in The Equalizer, but only because Harry and Marv appear to be semi-indestructible.

(Editor’s note: This feature was first released in 2017)

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