13 Frightening Facts About The Movie Psycho

The movie Psycho is regularly voted among the most innovative, acclaimed and scariest movies ever made. Celebrating its 60th anniversary next year, Psycho is a tale of paranoia, voyeurism, violence and, of course, parental influences.

That said, here at Arthouse Hotel we love Psycho, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire suite to the immortal horror movie.

We’ve done our research, scared ourselves stupid, and started showering less and less and found 13 frightening facts about the movie Psycho.

1. Customary Cameos

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The Master of suspense was famous for making cameos in each of his movies, and Psycho was no exception.

Six minutes into the movie Psycho, the distinguished director can be seen wearing a white Stetson as Janet Leigh walks by.

Alfred Hitchcock made 40 cameo appearances in the 40 movies he directed.

2. Amazing Amenities

That bathroom scene is one of the most famous and shocking scenes in cinema history. And yet, it was the lavatory that was making most of the headlines in 1960.

Strangely, Psycho was the first American movie to show a toilet on screen – and the first in which we hear a toilet being flushed.

That just shows how repressed America was back in the 50s and 60s.

3. Hitchcock Financed The Film

To say Paramount had cold feet regarding the movie is an understatement. And so, in order for Psycho to be made, Hitchcock financed the film and forgo his rather substantial director’s fee in exchange for 60% ownership.

Paramount’s loss was Hitchcock’s gain however, as Psycho earned over $32,000,000 on release – that’s $273,450,884.35 in today’s money.

4. He Also Paid $9,000 for the Rights

 

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Hitchcock paid $9,000 for the movie rights to Robert Bloch’s novel, solely based on a good review he read in The New York Times.

He also made the bid anonymously so as to keep the movie under wraps for as long as possible.

5. Spoiler Alert

The movie Psycho was spoiled months before its release.

Despite the directors fervent and earnest attempts at keeping the movie a secret, Variety Magazine published very thorough spoilers regarding the movie.

Let’s just say that in the age of social media, Psycho’s ending would have been completely ruined.

6. The Movie Psycho was Hitchcock’s Most Successful Movie

 

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By a long way.

Psycho earned over $32,000,000 on release. Hitchcock’s next biggest successes were Rear Window – which grossed about $27,500,000 in 1954, and Notorious, which grossed $3,000,000 less.

7. One Last Hurrah

 

Psycho marked the final time that Hitchcock would earn an Oscar nomination for Best Director.

Amazingly, however – arguably one of the greatest directors of a generation, never won an Oscar for directing.

Just let that sink in for a moment.

8. Keeping Janet Leigh on Edge

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Alfred Hitchcock tormented Janet Leigh throughout filming to keep her on edge.

The wicked director went as far as hiding scarier versions of the ‘Mother’ dummy in her dressing room wardrobe. He even jumped out on her during her breaks.

9. That Shower Scene

What can be described as the most famous three-minutes in cinema history took an astonishingly long time to shoot.

In fact, the infamous shower scene took 7 days to film, it features 77 camera angles, 50 cuts and 26 takes of the spinning plughole.

10. Eee Eee Eeee

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The shower scene was never intended to have music, but composer Bernard Herrmann insisted that Hitchcock heard his score.

The director loved the now famous screeching score so much that he included the composition in the scene and increased Herrmann’s salary.

11. Historic

The shower murder is one of the most studied montages of film ever made.

12. Hitchcock Made the Movie Psycho because of the Shower Scene

Sticking with the shower scene – when asked why he wanted to make the movie Psycho, Hitchcock said: “I think the murder in the bathtub, coming out of the blue, that was about it.”

The rest of the novel must have been a rather boring read.

13. Psycho’s Opening Scene

In the movie’s opening scene, Marion is wearing a white bra because she is innocent and pure. However, once she has stolen the money, she’s seen in a black bra so as to echo her dark turn.

Subtle, we know.

Arthouse Hotel

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At Arthouse Hotel, we know that the movie psych0 is a classic that should be celebrated. Our unique Psycho-inspired room has been designed as a homage to the 1960 horror smash.

Relax in style, as our Psycho room features a double Jacuzzi bath and shower, deluxe beds and a large screen TV – a far-cry from the eerie Bates Motel.

Sleeping up to 4 people, our Psycho room is the ideal way in which to stay in Liverpool, as we’re closely located to some of the best bars, restaurants and shops in town.

Book a stay in our Psycho room here or contact our helpful booking team on 0151 305 7900.

The Best Disney Conspiracies and Easter Eggs

In the lead up to some big Disney blockbusters being released this year, we took a look back at some of the farfetched fan theories and Disney conspiracies that have hatched over time.

We also took the opportunity to seek out and showcase the allusive Disney and Pixar Easter eggs.

Let’s see if our findings blow your mind, and how many Disney Easter Eggs you’d already spotted.

#1 Who was Ariel’s mum and why isn’t she around?

No, it’s not a case of mermaid abandonment, King Triton once had a Queen and between them, they had seven daughters.

Attina, Alana, Adella, Aquata, Arista, Andrina and Ariel.

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After watching prequels of The Little Mermaid we learn that the Queen was killed by humans, hence King Tritons distaste for them in the original movie.

Upon researching further, people have come to the conclusion that the killer was actually Captain Hook, and that the Queen once lived in Mermaid Lagoon in Neverland.

This, of course, is all based on the fact that there is a redheaded mermaid in Peter Pan, and Ariel and her mum also have red hair.

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Easter Egg: King Triton makes an appearance in the Princess and the Frog Mardi Gras parade.

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#2 Greek Mythology Makes Ariel and Hercules Cousins

If we think about it, it’s not that difficult to believe.

Hercules’ father is Zeus.

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Zeus’ brother is Poseidon.

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Poseidon’s son is Triton and Triton’s daughter is Ariel.

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Making Ariel and Hercules first cousins. Simple really (?)

Easter Egg: Simba’s Evil Uncle Scar makes an appearance in this Greece-based movie, as a pelt which Hercules wears whilst having his portrait painted.

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#3 Speaking of Relatives, Were Elsa, Anna and . . . Tarzan Siblings?

Turns out, according to this popular Disney conspiracy, yes.

Elsa and Anna’s parents supposedly survived the shipwreck and went on to become Tarzan’s mum and dad.

Fans believe the King and Queen of Arendelle made it onto an island after the Queen had a baby boy at sea.

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They built a treehouse out of driftwood and boat parts and, just when life started to look peachy, they were eaten by leopards.

That’s some unlucky streak if you ask us.

#4 But wait there’s more . . .

Here we discover a popular Disney conspiracy with the help of one of those cheeky hidden Easter eggs too.

The theory has it that Jane is actually the granddaughter of Belle and the Beast.

What are we basing this on?

The appearance of the once-enchanted tea set of course, at Jane and her father’s camp in Tarzan.

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#5 More on Belle

We understand that Beauty and the Beast the movie was set in a rural village in France right?

Belle was obviously suffering Wanderlust at some point though, as she can be seen waltzing the streets of old Paree “with her nose stuck in a book” in the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Trés, intriguing hmm?

#6 Andy’s Mom is Evil!

That’s right, as Toy Story 4 gets closer to its UK premier you should all be made aware of the fact that Andy’s mom is the enemy of toys everywhere.

The heart-breaking story of when Jessie’s owner, Emily, cruelly grew up and dumped her in a box takes an unexpected turn when we learn, Emily is Andy’s mom!

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The timeline fits, as Jessie remembers a 70s teenage bedroom, and then there’s Andy’s own cowboy hat which is not like woodies, but more like Jessies.

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The same hat as Emily is seen wearing, only without the white trim, years earlier in the memory.

This Disney/Pixar conspiracy fits like a glove and goes on to explain how Andy has such an old school doll, that has been in the family for years.

Easter Egg: A Buzz Lightyear figure appears on the floor of the dentist’s waiting room in Finding Nemo.

#7 White Rabbits, Drugs and Rock n Roll?

A common theory, even before the Disney movie was created, was that Alice in Wonderland was a metaphor for a drugs experience after taking LSD.

People believed that Alice’s repeated eating and drinking of strange substances, and the whole concept of Wonderland, outlined the authors own drug-induced state whilst writing the novel.

The story was written when the use of opiates was legal after all.

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#8 Aladdin Never Really Happened

Well, of course, we know the story itself is more than likely 100% fictional.

Flying carpets and genies aside, this Disney conspiracy actually suggests that the entire movie was a yarn spun by the clever salesman from the start.

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It’s understood that the little guy is just desperately trying to make a sale and that the whole story was concocted as a clever marketing ploy to sell what is essentially an ordinary lamp!

Well, we bought it.

#9 Snow White’s Stepmother went on to Torment Another “Daughter”

It should come as no surprise, that the Evil Stepmother and Queen from Snow White, would come back and bite someone else in the ass.

Hell-bent on remaining young and beautiful forever Snow White’s Stepmother is said to be no other than Mother Gothel in Tangled.

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There are some striking physical similarities, and both older ladies look identical, give or take a pixel or two.

Then there’s the obvious disdain towards the young and beautiful, as well as the mistreatment of the young girls in their care.

Sold! The Evil Queen is definitely Mother Gothel.

We, the human race are not long for this world!

According to Disney and Pixar, one day our vastly intelligent cars will take over the world, destroy the human race, and take our place as the dominant lifeforms on earth.

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Dark we know but in a kind of i-Robot way, we can sort of see this happening.

To Be King or Not to Be King? That is The Question

Disney had to get his stories from somewhere, but who would believe that the Bard would serve as inspiration for one of the best Disney movies of all time.

Rumour has it, Disney used the Shakespearian masterpiece, Hamlet, to base the plot of the Lion King on.

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Both main characters are princes, there are somewhat shady/murderous uncles in both movies, Simba and Hamlet’s fathers die and reappear as ghosts.

There is a battle to the death with their uncles, although in true Disney spirit Simba doesn’t actually do the murdering himself.

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There are plenty more references to draw upon, but it’s safe to say Disney hedged his bets that one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, would bring only good things to the Lion King story.

Can You Spot These Cleverly Concealed Disney Easter Eggs?

As well as all these fascinating Disney conspiracies, there are also a few more Easter Eggs that we challenge you to hunt out, when enjoying a day of Disney movie watching.

When the Sultan in Aladdin is busy stacking up his tower of tiny toys, keep your eyes peeled for a familiar figure amongst the pile. The Beast can be glimpsed snarling out of one side.

After baby Boo, is safely delivered back into her room at the teary goodbye ending to Monsters Inc. she excitedly shows Sully her toys and one of them is a stuffed version of Nemo.

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An inspiration to young women everywhere, Mulan even appears in Lani’s bedroom, on a poster in Lilo and Stitch and Mulan is also the name of the local Chinese restaurant.

Rapunzel didn’t really have a chance, but she got her happily ever after in the end, despite the cursed spinning wheel from Sleeping Beauty being stored in her tower.

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Perhaps inspired when Mike and Sully were banished to the Himalayas, or maybe he’d popped in on one of the children to make them laugh at some time. Either way there is a wooden carving of Mike Wazowski on Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post (and Sauna) counter in Frozen.

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Another amazing Disney movie film adaption Dumbo has arrived on our screens recently but see if you can spot the bubble blowing pachyderm in Basil the Great Mouse detective as the mice snoop around the London toy store.

See if you can spot Mickey, Donald and Goofy in the audience when King Triton enters the underwater concert room. The three of them are standing there under the sea, no scuba gear and just waiting for the show to start.

And lastly, it seems that even in San Fran Sokyo Hans is a hated and wanted individual as his picture appears in a wanted poster in the police station of Big Hero 6.

Magical Movie Stays at Arthouse Hotel

Whether you are looking forward to seeing the film adaption of Aladdin or the latest instalment of Toy Story, Arthouse Hotel has the greatest Cinema and Stay Offer to book for the whole family.

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Enjoy a wonderful overnight stay in any of our exciting movie-themed rooms, a tasty two-course meal and a screening of the latest release at Liverpool ONE’s Odeon.

All of this for just £149 per family means you can escape to Agrabah or see how Woody and the gang are getting on, during a family-friendly city break at Arthouse Hotel.

Call 0151 236 0166 or email for more details on info@signatureliving.co.uk.

Mulholland Singing Diner to Host Madhatters Afternoon Tea Party

“There is a place like no place on earth. A land full of wonder, mystery and danger! Some say, to survive it you need to be mad as a hatter. Which luckily I am”

Time to tumble down the rabbit hole and follow the White Rabbit all the way to Mulholland Singing Diner, where he’ll be joining a colourful cast of Wonderland characters at the Madhatters Afternoon Tea Party.

You’ve Not Gone Mad . . . Yet

At Mulholland Singing Diner we’re turning our world topsy, turvy for an amazing afternoon tea party hosted by our very own Madhatter.

Enter an enchanting venue, where a world of wonders awaits and bring the whole family together. There’s room for everyone.

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We’re inviting you all in to be as mad as you like, whilst enjoying the company of the Hatter and all his friends. There’ll be fun themed games and the chance to enjoy all the best bits of Wonderland, in one whacky afternoon of interactive activities.

Best of all your ticket to this extraordinary tea party includes a selection of specially made sandwiches, crazy cakes and perfect little pastries and of course plenty of tea.

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There’ll be live performances from our talented Mulholland cast of singing waiters, giving you all the chance to sing-along with your favourite tea party songs.

At Mulholland Singing Diner we want to bring the marvellous world of movies to life, and do so each and every day we open our doors.

Book your tickets to the Madhatters Afternoon Tea Party for kids and enjoy an exciting afternoon that you and the family will never forget.

Prices start at just £14.95 per child and £24.95 per adult plus booking fees.

Other exciting regular events hosted at Mulholland Singing Diner include our spectacular Disney Sunday Brunch and a Dirty Dancing Bottomless Brunch. Both of which use the magic of the movies as inspiration for amazing Liverpool events hosted in the city’s first singing diner.

We all love to escape to the movies, and you can too, live and in person, at Mulholland Singing Diner.

Stay the Night in Our Own Movie Wonderland

After you’ve enjoyed all the whimsy in Wonderland at our Madhatters Afternoon Tea Party, why not book to stay in any of the other magical musical movie rooms in Arthouse Hotel?

Our musical floor boasts a huge collection of movie-themed rooms inspired by all the classic musicals of our time.

Mary Poppins Returns

Pop down the chimney for a stay in the Mary Poppins room, follow the Yellow Brick Road to Oz in our Wizard of Oz room or stay to see if the hills really are alive with the Sound of Music.

Check out some of our amazing Liverpool hotel offers, built for the whole family to stay the night in Arthouse Hotel. Book yourselves seats at the greatest afternoon tea party for kids in Liverpool coming to Mulholland Singing Diner soon and enjoy some quality time together celebrating some of the greatest movies of our time

Call 0151 236 0166 for bookings or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more details on the up and coming events.

6 of Andy Warhol’s Pictures Displayed on Instagram

Andy Warhol predicted the 21st Century media landscape, namely throwaway celebrities and Instagram – in the 1950s he exclaimed: ‘A picture means I know where I was every minute, that’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.’ Interestingly however, this month, some of Andy Warhol’s pictures are being displayed on the social media app he seemingly foresaw.

During the next two weeks, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts are displaying a whole host of Andy Warhol’s pictures that seemingly document his life; a massive amount of 130,000 photographic negatives exist of the pop art extraordinaire.

So, we thought we’d show you some of the most intimate photos of Andy Warhol that have been shared on Instagram thus far.

Andy’s Helicopter Hat

 

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The introductory photo uploaded by the foundation is arguably the best. This intimate image was captured in August 1979, with Andy Warhol opening his presents at his birthday party at Halston’s in Manhattan.

Warhol’s helicopter hat is a particular highlight as he looks engrossed in the book he is flicking through. Indeed, the woman dressed as a nurse surrounded by champagne in the background, epitomises the indulgent aesthetic of the 1970s.

Go Yankees

 

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Some of Andy Warhol’s pictures show him to be a New York Yankees fan, and this snap taken in July 1982 at Fire Island is no different. Here, Warhol looks straight down the camera as he looks to escape the Long Island sun.

The artist would be photographed wearing his trusty New York Yankees cap on numerous occasions; most probably because he started going bald in his early 20s.

Andy Warhol: Shadows

 

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Not many of Andy Warhol’s pictures are taken in his studio, but this one is.

Here, Warhol is painting one of his most famous pieces, ‘shadows’ – which is now on long-term view at The Dia Art Foundation in New York thanks to Calvin Klein.

The fact that Warhol is painting this picture with what looks like a brush, shows the inner workings of his creative mind.

A Filmmaker at Work

 

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Recognised as one of the most influential avant-garde filmmakers of his generation, a lot of Andy Warhol’s pictures see him holding a video camera. He once went as far as to say that, ‘when I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.’

Here, he’s captured holding a video camera at a restaurant in the summer of 1984. Wearing his signature black jumper, Warhol is immersed in whoever or whatever he is filming.

‘Experimental’

 

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This picture is simply stunning. From his miserable expression to the word ‘experimental’ that seems to underline his face, this photograph perfectly explains who Andy Warhol was.

Photographed in 1981, this image exudes a boyish charm. Perched inside the cockpit of an airplane, Warhol couldn’t look more unhappy to be having his picture taken if he tried, however, the word ‘experimental’ meant that this polaroid would go on to define him.

The Everyday

 

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Warhol reflected the banality of every day life in his work. This picture of him cleaning a sink, therefore, is extremely interesting.

Look at how the camera and mirror work in tandem to make it seem as though there are three people in the picture. One of the mirror images has even turned his back on the action.

Above everything else, this snapshot shows that Andy Warhol, one of the greatest creative minds the world has ever seen, had to clean the sink every now and then.

Celebrate Some of Andy Warhol’s Pictures at Arthouse Hotel

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At Arthouse Hotel, we’ve been inspired by some of Warhol’s most famous creations, and some our most popular rooms celebrate his iconic and ground breaking artwork.

From the Famous For 15 Minutes suite to the Lips room, you can bask in the visual aesthetic of Warhol’s most famous pieces while enjoying the luxurious amenities our hotel has to offer.

Sleeping up to six guests, our Warhol rooms come equipped with large, comfy beds, flat-screen televisions and double whirlpool baths.

Arthouse Hotel is a stones throw away from some of Liverpool’s best bars and restaurants and, with spacious group accommodation, there’s no better place to stay in the city – so book your stay with us here or contact our helpful team on 0151 236 0166.

Celebrating the Best Summer Movies of All Time

This summer, why not join us for a weekend away in Liverpool at Arthouse Hotel? Our movie-themed hotel is located in the heart of Liverpool nightlife, perfect for enjoying sunny beer gardens and Seel Street’s top bars and clubs.

We have a wide range of unmissable offers to choose from to ensure your stay with us is perfect from start to finish. So, why not take a browse of our latest offers here or book your stay online here for the best available rate.

To get you in the spirit for a summer stay in Liverpool, we thought we’d celebrate the season with some of the best summer movies of all time!

A Guide to the Best Summer Movies

1) Roman Holiday (1953)

A charming tale of summer romance, Roman Holiday had to be on our list of the best summer movies. Starring Hollywood sweetheart Audrey Hepburn opposite Gregory Peck, this romantic classic saw Hepburn pick up an Academy Award for her performance. The story follows Peck as reporter Joe Bradley and Hepburn as Ann, a royal princess exploring Rome on her own. This stylish summer movie may have been made in the 50s, but it’s safe to say its clever script and leading duo ensure it stands the test of time.

2) Jaws (1975)

Our list of the best summer movies wouldn’t be complete without Steven Spielberg’s most famous thriller, Jaws. Shot along the sandy shores of Martha’s Vineyard, the must-see summer blockbuster of 1975 became the highest-grossing film of all time until the release of Star Wars. The famous story follows a police chief, marine biologist and professional shark hunter as they hunt down New England’s notorious killer shark. Arguably the best bit of all, the spine tingling score compromises of just two alternating notes…duunnn dunnn…duuuunnnn duun.

3) To Catch a Thief (1955)

A sun-kissed Hitchock classic, To Catch a Thief stars the one and only Grace Kelly opposite the iconic Cary Grant. The alluring thriller takes audiences on a journey of suspense and romance alongside the glamorous backdrop of the French Riviera. Without a doubt one of the best summer movies of all time, this slick and stylish Hitchcock gem tells the story of a retired jewel thief setting out to prove his innocence. Another 50s blockbuster that is just as captivating today.

4) Stand By Me (1986)

A coming-of-age comedy by Rob Reiner, Stand By Me brings Stephen King’s novella The Body to life. This heartwarming film showcases the genius of King’s work at its best. Dark, funny and moving, this nostalgic  story is a true summer classic. Following the friendship of four boys from a small town in Oregon, viewers are taken on an unforgettable adventure in search of a dead body. With a star-studded cast featuring young River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland, it doesn’t get much better than this 80s hit and its catchy, classic soundtrack.

 5) The Parent Trap (1998)

Starring Lindsay Lohan (opposite Lindsay Lohan!) The Parent Trap is a family favourite when it comes the best summer movies of all time. The feel-good film features everything a summer film should do, from  camping chaos to lakeside mischief. Telling the story of identical twins Annie and Hallie, this 90s comedy is a heartwarming tale for all ages with plenty of laughs along the way. Not forgetting, we’re a big fan of the soundtrack, which features the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun. It’s safe to say this childhood favourite is one to fondly revisit this summer.

6) Grease (1978)

It goes without saying that Grease is on our list of the best summer movies! The musical comedy starts with summer dreams ripped at the scenes as the holiday romance of Danny and Sandy comes to an end. And though heading back to school is usually a bit of a downer, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John keep the fun alive alongside an all-singing and all-dancing cast. One of the most timeless summer movies ever made, the 50s wardrobe, slicked back hair, infectious cast and unrivalled sountrack ensure that the magic of Grease never goes out of style.

While you’re here, why not take a peak at our Grease-inspired hotel room at Arthouse Hotel? This spectacular room is the perfect spot to stay in style with your friends this summer!

7) The Seven Year Itch (1955)

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Starring the one and only Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch is another of our favourite summer movies. The dazzling Hollywood classic brought audiences one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, the breezy ‘Marilyn Moment’ on the subway grate. Directed by Billy Wilder, this classic romantic comedy follows the story of a faithful husband tempted by his beautiful neighbour…considering it’s Marilyn Monroe next door, we can’t say we blame him.

Our Marilyn Monroe hotel room is one of our most popular rooms at Arthouse Hotel. Take a look around the room here.

8) I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

We love a frothy, feel-good summer movie as much as the next person…but you can’t go wrong with slasher blockbuster I Know What You Did Last Summer. The hit film has all the makings of the best summer movies; a Fourth of July setting, bonfire on the beach and a wardrobe of adorable 90s outfits. Pair that with a horrifying twist and you’ve got the perfect teen horror film. Not forgetting, the star-studded cast features Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr, Ryan Phillipe and Jennifer Love Hewitt. What more could you wish for?

9) Dirty Dancing (1987)

Have the time of your life this summer as you revisit (or if you’re watching for the first time, where have you been?!) 1980s hit Dirty Dancing. Starring Patrick Swayze opposite Jennifer Grey, this uplifting tale takes viewers back to the summer of 1963, as 17-year old Frances “Baby” Houseman vacations at an upscale resort and meets Johnny Castle, one of the resorts charming dance instructors. Featuring some of the most famous movie scenes ever made, the legacy of Dirty Dancing continues to live on today in stage shows, tribute nights and pop culture. Nobody puts baby in the corner!

10) The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005)

One of the best summer movies of the early 2000s, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants was adapted from the bestselling teen novels by Ann Brashares. The comedy-drama stars a young Blake Lively (pre-Gossip Girl fame!), Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera and Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel. This heartwarming story follows four best friends who go their separate ways over summer. Though they may be apart, the girls stay in touch by sending each other stories of their summers and a secondhand pair of jeans that fits each of the friends. This heartwarming story is one you may need some tissues for!

11) Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Set in the summer of 1983, Call Me By Your Name is a coming-of-age drama based on André Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same title. The hit film saw Timothee Chalamet skyrocket to fame and receive a nomination for Best Actor from the academy. The colourful cinematography and beautiful backdrop of Italian countryside makes this one of the best summer movies we’ve seen in recent years. Call Me By Your Name follows the blossoming romance between a seventeen-year-old student, Elio and his father’s research assistant, Oliver. Prepare to be dazzled by the stunning performances and accompanying soundtrack as you’re swept away by this romantic tale.

12) Mamma Mia (2008)

If you’re getting excited to go on holiday, Mamma Mia is just the movie for you. And with a hit sequel that followed, why not have a Mamma Mia marathon for a night of ABBA hits? With an A-list cast and sun-kissed location, we’re sure you’ll fall head over heels for the film’s lovable characters as they come together for a wedding in the Greek islands. This feel-good film is one of the best summer movies for a sing-song, so dancing queens should definitely give it a watch!

13) The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)

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Starring a young Matt Damon alongside Jude Law, The Talented Mr Ripley is a psychological thriller following Tom Ripley, a young underachiever posing as a wealthy Princeton student. Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back spoiled playboy Dickie Greenleaf, by Greenleaf’s wealthy father. But this seemingly light story soon takes a dark turn with twists and turns guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat. Not forgetting, this stylish summer movie offers an array of chic summer wardrobe inspiration!

Enjoy a Summer Stay in Liverpool

Arthouse Hotel is a unique themed hotel, situated along dynamic Seel Street. This spectacular spot is inspired by timeless movies and pieces of art from throughout the years.

The perfect location for hosting a party or summer sleepover, Arthouse Hotel is home to spacious rooms and suites featuring fabulous amenities such as the Skyline Suite’s giant Roman bath and scenic outdoor terrace!

To find out more or to book your stay at Arthouse Hotel, you can reach our friendly team on 0151 236 0166.