An Alfred Hitchcock-themed room that sleeps 4 guests in comfortable and stylish surroundings The Birds room at Arthouse is a dark decadent adventure into the mind of one of the world’s greatest filmmakers.
One of three Arthouse hotel rooms with disabled access and an indulgent wet room walk in shower.
The Bluetooth sound systems, large flat screen TV and full kitchenette provide everything our guests should need during their stay in Liverpool.
The Birds (1963)
Hitchcock’s critically acclaimed suspense filled masterpiece, The Birds, is one of the directors most celebrated creations from an astounding back catalogue of movies.
True to Hitchcock from The Birds revolves around a love story between a stunning blonde starlet and a chiselled popular male lead. The plot involves a chance meeting of a wealthy socialite, Melanie, and a law abiding good guy Mitch. The movie is peppered with humour then quickly turns into one of the most gripping horror films ever made.
The Birds the movie was adapted from a short story written by British writer Daphne du Maurier in 1952. The story, set in Cornwall shortly after the end of the Second World War tells of a farmer and his family who are beset upon by flocks of deranged seagulls.
This was the basis of Hitchcock’s hit movie but he also picked up on another story that fuelled his creativity.
In 1961 a small town in California reported birds falling from the sky, the blame was attributed to poisoned fish that birds had eaten. Hitchcock is said to have requested newspaper clippings of the event as research for the plot of his latest movie.
The Hitchcock adaption
Classic Hitchcock style sees our leading lady, Melanie played by Tippi Hendren, waltz into shot fashionable and glamorous. She is joined shortly after by, Mitch, played by Rod Taylor. From here a playful exchange of wits leads to Melanie chasing Mitch to a quiet town Bodega Bay.
This screwball comedy style theme at the beginning of The Birds built suspense for what was to come.
Screwball comedy was used after the depression in America. A playful and fast paced tête-à-tête would ensue between leading lady and male lead that would eventually lead to love. By putting a comedic love story at the centre of his film Hitchcock leaves his audience innocent of the terror that is to unfold.
Cue flocks of artificial and real life birds, terrifying sound effects and a threat of annihilation and chaos that can only be imagined in your worst nightmares.
Hitchcock’s devious methods
It was widely known that Hitchcock preferred using blondes in his movies, believing that blondes made better victims. He was also supposedly shameless in his methods for achieving certain reactions from his glamorous leading ladies.
In the famous phone booth scene of The Birds, when Melanie has taken refuge to escape a flock of killer birds, Hitchcock is said to have flung a huge bird prop through the glass without any warning initiating a genuine shriek of terror from the actress.
In the attic scene, Hitchcock again adopted devious methods to get realistic results. After forcing Tippi to work for 5 days in an enclosed space using live birds instead of mechanical.
Even though his methods were almost maniacal The Birds goes down in history as the greatest thriller/horror movie of all time. His methods, although quite monstrous, were undoubtedly effective.
Premiering in 1963 in New York city The Birds there were mixed responses from critics, the general feeling however that the movie was an unflawed masterpiece.
The Museum of Modern Art even held a VIP invite-only screening that showcased a retrospective of 50 Hitchcock films in celebration of The Birds release.
Tippi Hendren, a model before appearing in The Birds, was awarded a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year 1964 – Actress, which she shared with two others.
Hitchcock was awarded the Associations Directors award and The Birds was screened out of competition at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival.
The Birds has become highly recognised as one of the scariest films ever to be released, ranking 7th greatest thriller with the American Film Institution and appearing in Bravo’s top 100 Scariest films of all time, for the now-iconic phone booth scene.
Despite his methodology, Hitchcock is still today celebrated for his amazing ability to shock his audience. His approach to filming with modern techniques, the choice of soundtrack, or lack of in The Birds, even the casting of his films were all deliberate choices he made knowing the result they would achieve.
His aim was always to make his audience suffer as much as possible and in The Birds, this was achieved by lulling us into a false sense of folly then tearing it down around us one feather at a time.
The lingering after effect from watching The Birds is one of lasting fear.
The undistinguished threat and lack of explanation for the bird’s aggressive behaviour leaves us wanting tidy wrapped up ending that never comes.