"The script called for [Macaulay Culkin] to put shaving lotion on and suddenly it burns his skin and he screams," Columbus said. "We didn't know it was going to be the universal image for Home Alone."
From stepping on glass Christmas ornaments to getting smashed in the face with paint cans and a hot iron, co-star Daniel Stern suffered the most abuse on-screen. The actor called the stunts in the movie "just balls-out silly."
"I do remember that tarantula on my face," Stern told ET earlier this month. "I'm like, 'Is there like a rubber tarantula?' They said, 'We do have this rubber one, but it just kind of sits there.'"
Home Alone spent 12 weeks at No. 1 after it opened in November 1990. Before the movie went on a box-office tear, the stars were just hoping that it wouldn't tank.