In The Week, Dr. Ryan St. Clair looks at all the injuries sustained by the burglars of Home Alone and provides his professional diagnosis. He does seem to indicate that no adults who have seen this movie as a child should watch it again now.
The injury: A blowtorch to the scalp
The set-up: Unable to get through the front door, Harry returns to the back. He kicks his foot through the doggy door to disarm a potential BB gun threat, delicately taps at the doorknob to test its temperature, and, finding it cool, opens the back door -- only to unknowingly arm a blowtorch that fires at the top of his head.
The doctor's diagnosis: "Harry has an interesting reaction to having a lit blowtorch aimed directly at his scalp. Rather than remove himself from danger, he keeps the top of his skull directly in the line of fire for about seven seconds. What was likely a simple second-degree skin burn is now a full thickness burn likely to cause necrosis of the calavarium (skull bone)." That means the skin and bone tissue on Harry's skull will be so damaged and rotted that his skull bone is essentially dying and will likely require a transplant.
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