Home Alone is one of the most beloved Christmas films of all time. The 1990 classic was a perfect mix of director Chris Columbus (The Goonies), legendary screenwriter John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off) and cast, headed up by the cherubic-yet-mischievous Macaulay Culkin in the lead role as Kevin McCallister, the boy who's left home alone.
Another cast member was comedic genius John Candy, who pops up in a minor yet important role as Gus Polinski, otherwise known as "the Polka King of the Midwest".
If you haven't seen Home Alone recently, you may not remember Gus, but according to Reddit user "drewgarr", in a theory expanded on a little by Cinemablend, he is much more important than you might think. This theory might be even crazier than the one about Kevin McCallister growing up to be Jigsaw from the Saw franchise!
Is Gus Polinksi the Devil?
OK, so that gif is actually from a totally different John Candy film, Planes, Trains And Automobiles. But is it just a coincidence that both that film and Home Alone are written by John Hughes, and both cast Candy in a (potentially) demonic role? Well...yeah, I suppose it could be.
Let's get back to Home Alone. We first meet Candy's character Gus in Scranton Airport, where he's milling about in the departure lounge with other passengers when he overhears Kate McCallister say she would sell her soul to get back to her son. The theory goes that Gus is in fact the Devil himself or at least a demon, and upon hearing this, offers to do her a deal.
He even introduces himself in the manner you would expect Satan to - remember the opening lines of The Rolling Stones song "Sympathy For The Devil"?
"Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste"
Gus offers Kate a ride to Chicago, and does so after hearing she would willingly sell her soul for it. According to the Reddit theory, there's a "crossroads" at Scranton Airport, and traditionally that is where deals with the Devil are done.
What do you think? Did Kate McCallister really sell her soul to return home to her son? Let me know in the comments below!
Sources: Reddit, Cinemablend