If Macaulay Culkin’s cameo in Google’s latest Google Assistant ad wasn’t enough, here’s a handful of videos of the now grown up child actor playing video games of the past.
For the past few years, the Cinemassacre YouTube channel, which hosts series like Angry Videogame Nerd and Rental Reviews, has done specials to celebrate the holidays. Often the movies and videogames that get reviewed turn to Christmas and holiday films of some kind.
This year, Cinemassacre had a special surprise up its sleeve: a guest star in the form of famous child actor Macaulay Culkin. Culkin sits with the various teams to attempt to play several Home Alone games, the Page Master SNES game, and discuss the movie Big Trouble in Little China.
Of course, not all of these things are Christmas fare per se, but it can be argued that since Culkin’s biggest success was with the first two Home Alone movies, Culkin is almost synonymous by nature with the holidays anyways.
The first video uploaded was the Home Alone games video, some of which James Rolfe (the Angry Videogame Nerd) has played before. This video had more of a scripted than spontaneous feel, and there are a couple moments where Culkin seems a bit hammy. Still, it’s a fun homage to a few movies that are nostalgic for many, and an update on some of the earliest AVGN videos. You can watch it below:
Culkin playing the The Pagemaster for James and Mike Mondays went online next. This is a more relaxed attempt to play the game adaptation of a movie that Culkin starred in. (For those of you that are too young to remember, Culkin was in virtually every movie for a good chunk of time in the late eighties through early nineties. Was he in Die Hard? Nah. Could you convince someone that he was in Die Hard, because that was the correct chunk of time for Culkin’s rising popularity? Hell yeah, easily.)
You can watch the three attempt the first part of The Pagemaster below:
Finally, things are rounded out with Big Trouble in Little China. This one seems like an odd choice because it’s not really a holiday movie, and Culkin (probably) isn’t in it. The full title implies it was Culkin’s idea to do this movie. Whatever the case, the Rental Reviews team and guest have their usual casual and amusing discussions for the film. This video can be watched below:
Although it seems most likely that this is a one-off series special because, as was mentioned earlier, Culkin is synonymous with the winter holidays at this point, he seems to have real camaraderie with the Cinemassacre cast. The idea of Culkin becoming a regular guest seems plausible, and it would be cool to see him more often on the channel. Still, even if that doesn’t happen, it’s nice to see Culkin doing well and having fun, both here and elsewhere.