How Many Times Would Harry and Marv Have Died From the Injuries They Suffered in "Home Alone"?



In the 1980 film Home Alone, Kevin McCallister is left home alone when his family are rushing to get to the airport for a trip to Paris. Meanwhile, local burglars Harry and Marv decide the McCallister’s house is a good target. If you’ve ever seen the movie, chances are you’ve wondered: If this movie was real, would Harry and Marv have been killed by Kevin’s fun house? That answer is, of course, yes. In fact, a doctor actually went through the movie and provided a rundown of the injuries that would have killed the “Wet Bandits.”

 

HARRY COULD HAVE BROKEN HIS NECK SLIPPING ON THE ICE
When the Wet Bandits first try to get into the McCallister house, Harry tries his luck at just walking through the front door. The only problem is that clever Kevin sprayed the stairs down with a hose, which froze into slippery ice. Harry, of course, falls backwards and lands on his back. Harry would have suffered vertebral fractures as a result from the fall. Best case scenario: Harry ends up with partial paralysis. Worst case: Harry’s dies.

MARV'S SKULL WOULD'VE BEEN CRUSHED BY THE IRON
Marv triggers a booby trap when he tries to illuminate the basement, which causes an iron to fall through the clothing chute directly onto his face. In addition to suffering second degree burns, Harry’s face would have been crushed by the iron, likely breaking his neck and killing him.

MARV STEPPING ON A NAIL IS NO JOKE
Marv steps on a nail while ascending the staircase. While stepping on a nail wouldn't kill Marv immediately, tetanus — a disease caused by puncture wounds that bring bacterium into the body which can then enter the bloodstream — is a potentially fatal disease that could be a real risk.

HARRY COULD DIE FROM NECROSIS OF THE SKULL BONE FROM THE BLOWTORCH
In one of the most recognizable moments from the entire film, Harry tries to sneak into the house through the back door. While the BB gun is gone, there's another threat in the way — a blowtorch — and it proceeds to light his cap on fire. What was likely a simple second-degree skin burn is now a full thickness burn likely to cause necrosis of the calvarium (skull bone). That means his skull is literally going to rot.

THE PAINT CAN BOOBY TRAP WOULD'VE MADE THEM CHOKE ON THEIR MISSING TEETH
Kevin's next booby trap involves swinging what we can only assume to be full cans of paint directly into the Wet Bandits' faces. It seems, at the bare minimum, the cans would knock out their teeth, but considering they immediately fall down the staircase onto their backs, there's also a high likelihood of broken teeth getting lodged in their throats and suffocating them. Plus, the fall from that high up could lead to bleeding on the brain, which could also cause death.

The fact Harry and Marv somehow did survive their encounter with Kevin means they got to come back for the sequel, where they would proceed to be hit in the head with bricks and electrocuted. Conclusion: Harry and Marv are immortal beings who should be studied for science.