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The Story Behind ‘Angels With Filthy Souls,’ The Fake Black-And-White Movie Inside ‘Home Alone’

Updated 13 Dec 2019 8.5k views14 items

It’s now been decades since the initial release of Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), but the films remain as relevant as ever in gifs, commercials, and holiday gear. But what’s especially unique about Home Alone is that some of the most popular quotations actually come from the movie within the movie.

Prior to being left home alone, Kevin McCallister expresses a long list of grievances he has against his family. Chief among them is that he is not allowed to see the old movie everyone else gets to watch together. It’s an old, black-and-white film called Angels with Filthy Souls that features an over-the-top, gratuitous outburst carried out by a trigger-happy mob boss named Johnny.

After his family accidentally leaves him behind, Kevin takes advantage of the opportunity to finally watch the forbidden film. Feeling rebellious, Kevin announces, "Guys, I'm eating junk and watching rubbish, you better come out and stop me!" But later, Angels with Filthy Souls plays a hilariously effective role in helping Kevin order pizza and even outsmart the bad guys.

The fake movie became so popular that in Home Alone 2, it got its own sequel, Angels with Even Filthier Souls, which Kevin used to... wait for it... outsmart the entire staff at New York's Plaza Hotel, where he stayed by himself for several luxurious days.

Angels with Filthy Souls plays a pivotal role in the Home Alone films and gave us memorable quotables like, "Keep the change, ya filthy animal." But there's much more to the story.

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