Fan theories abound on the internet, and there is often very little evidence to support them. Every once in a while, however, they seem to make a bit of sense.
One seemingly nonsensical theory states that Kevin McCallister of the Home Alone movies grew up to be John Kramer, the particularly sadistic killer known as Jigsaw from the Saw franchise of horror movies.
If one takes it at face value, the theory doesn’t seem possible, but there is actually some supporting evidence. Jason Concepcion, of Grantland and The Ringer, first posited this idea back in December 2014. He cites their similar appearances, a distinct fondness for “Rube Goldbergian Roadrunner-vs.-Coyote devices,” and a shared preoccupation with basements.
Concepcion has been working on this theory since 2012 when he realized the parallel after seeing McCallister use a blowtorch on the head of Joe Pesci’s character.
He said in an interview with HuffPost:
“There’s something magnetic and titillatingly conspiratorial about a really thought-out fan theory; I think the genre, if that’s what it is, is basically evergreen.”
He tweeted about the thought at the time, but it wasn’t until 2014 that he really put in the time to investigate both movies and draw parallels. His very in-depth analysis can be found here.
Oh, my god, I just realized Home Alone is the story of how the killer from the Saw movies became what he is.
— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) December 25, 2012
Macaulay Culkin has also addressed this theory in an interview with Jimmy Fallon, saying that he was “into the idea.”
Saw co-creator James Wan commented on the theory in a recent interview with HuffPost, saying:
“It’s amazing. I should’ve known all along that Macaulay Culkin would grow up to be John Kramer.”
Of fan theories in general, Wan said:
“I think it’s awesome. I’m very flattered that people take the time to have fun with all these fan theories. I think that’s why I make these movies. I want the fans out there to have fun with them.”
There has been quite a bit of chatter on Twitter over the years about this particular theory.
Fell into another YouTube theory wormhole where Kevin from Home Alone took his booby trap skills and grew up to be the dude from Saw 😭
— Young Sonny Vaccaro (@JohnnyHSD) January 7, 2019
I still think Home Alone is a prequel to Saw and Jigsaw is Kevin
— Alex Stallwitz (@AStallwitz) January 7, 2019
Twitter had a field day with Wan’s acknowledgment of the theory.
Many were skeptical and cited reasons they weren’t buying it.
Clearly this theory crashed like a paint can in #JoePesci's head when #MacaulayCulkin did his #GoogleCommerical. "James Wan reacts to theory Home Alone's Kevin is Jigsaw's Saw" https://t.co/cUWAGBgc9z via @albany_herald
— Jim Hendricks (@JimEHendricks) January 7, 2019
Not unless he aged 40+ years between 1990-2004
— Alex (@justplaindro) January 5, 2019