When it comes to finding unique places to stay in Liverpool Arthouse Hotel always delivers. Located in the heart of the city’s popular nightlife district groups can enjoy celebrating a special occasion in style.
What better way to toast to a super special occasion than by popping a cork of the bubbly stuff inside our Hitchcock themed hotel room, Champagne?
Champagne The Movie
The 9th of Hitchcock silent movie marvels, Champagne gave us teasers as to what was to come from the Master of Suspense.
Clever camera work was used from the onset as we stare at a 20s party in full swing through the bottom of a champagne glass as it’s being drained.
Despite what may be said among the snootier circles, the clinky is still an acceptable custom. Toast to your good health, the night ahead or the popping of the next bottle whatever the reason a clinky is a must.
Some Champagne connoisseurs may think that adding anything to your bubbly is sacrilege but we say there are a few acceptable garnishes such as certain fruits and liqueurs, find your favourite by experimenting with acceptable garnishes.
Bubbly can have quite an elevating effect, in fact, it’s been proven to generally lighten anyone’s mood, although some can feel effects quicker than others so tread softly when it comes to quaffing your Champers.
Based on an early piece of Hitchcock’s movie mastery, our Champagne room sleeps 6 guests and has a decadent décor of gleaming gold, perfectly replicating a glass of the good stuff.
There aren’t any other places to stay in Liverpool as glamorous and chic as the Champagne room at Arthouse Hotel and finding your way to some of the best Liverpool nightlife is easy, literally one step outside the door.
Bustling bars such as Alma de Cuba, Peacocks, Aloha and Blind Tiger will certainly be able to help you continue your Champagne themed evening. So get yourselves glammed up and get ready to dazzle as you celebrate your special occasion with us at Arthouse Hotel.
What do you have planned for Sunday’s? Laundry, cleaning, visiting the folks for a Sunday roast? At Arthouse Hotel we’ve got just the thing to make those mundane Sunday’s a little more thrilling.
FACT cinema are screening a selection of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie masterpieces and at Arthouse Hotel we have accommodation dedicated to the master of suspense and his best work in film as well as some amazing Sunday night hotel offers.
So, let the laundry pile up, leave the dishes for another day and tell the folks to go the pub for their dinner as you enjoy a thrilling night of suspense, horror and fright with FACT cinema and Arthouse Hotel.
The Genius of Alfred Hitchcock
One of the greatest film directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock will go down in history as “The Master of Suspense”.
The man was a perfectionist when it came to making movies and he had but one desire, to
“always make the audience suffer as much as possible.”
Due to filming restrictions in Hitchcock’s time, the shock factor of gruesome gore and guts couldn’t be shown, he, therefore, had to create the same horror but without the visual aids.
Hitchcock did this by psychological suggestion, he played with the audience’s mind, building suspense so that the watcher’s imagination did the rest. As the man himself said;
“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it”.
And this is what he specialised in, the art on anticipation.
Every Sunday from 8th July – 12th August FACT will be screening some of Hitchcock’s most popular work including Rear Window, Strangers On A Train and the terrifying Psycho as part of their Vintage Sunday specials.
In total, six of Hitchcock’s finest films will be shown at FACT and what’s more many of them are rated PG, so younger audiences can come along to appreciate a time before CGI and impressive special effects were used.
Check out the ease with which Hitchcock captivates his audiences, and also the dark humour he injects into each and every movie he made.
Quite the character and ever the showman Hitchcock even appeared in many of the movies he created, see if you can spot his brief cameos whilst watching.
Sunday Night Hotel Offers
We have the ideal Sunday night hotel offers that go hand in hand with a night at the movies watching the best of Hitchcock’s thrillers in FACT and better still our stunning hotel is right around the corner from the cinema.
Check out the pioneering camera techniques that really give the viewer the feeling of Scottie’s vertigo.
Try to follow the intricate plot with its dramatic twists and unexpected conclusions then after the movie is finished spend the night in the dizzyingly dazzling Vertigo room.
This spacious suite comes complete with an elegant ensuite bathroom, comfortable double beds and an ideal city centre location to further explore Liverpool’s most vibrant nightlife locations.
This amazing offer is just £169 per couple and is only one of the other fabulous Sunday night offers we have available at Arthouse Hotel.
Movie Night Get Together
Or instead of date night why not take a group of mates along to watch Hitchcock’s most referenced thriller movie; Psycho.
This is undoubtedly the feather in Hitchcock’s movie-making career cap as viewers watch the journey of Marion, a thief on the path to a new future with stolen cash.
Psycho was released with disclaimers in movie theatres across the world, which read;
“We won’t allow you to cheat yourself. You must see PSYCHO from the very beginning. Therefore, do not expect to be admitted into the theatre after the start of each performance of the picture. We say no one — and we mean no one — not even the manager’s brother, the President of the United States, or the Queen of England (God bless her)!”
Hitchcock believed it was key for viewers to immerse themselves in the scenes he had so painstakingly created. To make the most of their fear and intrigue he insured, from the start that his audiences were fully engaged, only then did he believe true fear could be achieved.
You’ll need your friends to reassure you no harm will come after being terrified by Hitchcock’s Psycho and the more the merrier as our super Sunday night hotel offers welcome groups of guests to stay the night at Arthouse Hotel.
At Arthouse Hotel we’ve got something special to celebrate, and we’ve got some superb overnight Liverpool hotel offers to help you join us.
This week, 60 years ago, Alfred Hitchcock released one of his most famous movies, Vertigo and for many reasons, this was the movie that made the man. Its complex plot line and amazing camera techniques were leaps and bound s ahead of anything that had ever been seen before and even today watching the movie can leave your head spinning.
Our Vertigo room is just one of the amazing Hitchcock themed suites available to stay in midweek at Arthouse Hotel and here are our special Liverpool hotel offers for you to enjoy during your visit.
Dream and Dine for £99
At the heart of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife district, you will find Arthouse Hotel. Surrounded by the cities most exciting and dynamic bars and clubs, Arthouse Hotel lets guests fully immerse themselves in the best part of the city.
Whether you are in town for a romantic meal, a girls or boys night out or a special celebration with your best mate, during a stay at Arthouse Hotel the party is all around you.
Enjoy a luxurious overnight stay in any of the impressive movie-themed hotel rooms and a tasty two-course meal in Alma de Cuba, before heading out onto Seel Street for an unforgettable evening.
This amazing midweek offer is perfect for spoiling yourselves and enjoying a night out on the town without all the crazy weekend crowds.
Beds and Bubbles
Celebrate with us in style midweek and throw yourself a party complete with bubbles and comfy beds all for just £15 per person.
This one-off city centre accommodation offer invites four or more guests to come together for a one of a kind stay in any of our movie-themed hotel rooms and get the party started with a bottle of bubbly on us.
That’s just £70 for four people for an amazing night in Liverpool right at the heart of all the action.
You could take a stroll down Bold Street and enjoy a tasty meal together in any of the popular world food restaurants or wait until the evening truly begins and Samba you way over to Alma de Cuba for a taste of Latin America.
Experience the best bits of Liverpool’s famous nightlife midweek at Arthouse Hotel by using any of these fabulous midweek Liverpool hotel offers.
Ultimate Girls Midweek
No need to wait for the weekend ladies!
At Arthouse Hotel we celebrate all week long and by booking our Ultimate Girls Midweek Liverpool hotel offers you can too.
We’ve got the whole package just ready and waiting to be booked including luxurious overnight accommodation in any of our stunning movie-themed hotel rooms, a two-course meal at Alma de Cuba then you and a chance to get creative with a priavte cocktail masterclass.
Once you’ve finished your yummy handmade cocktails it’s time to paint the town red and then off to bed followed by a delicious breakfast the next day.
Give yourselves a great excuse for a night out together and book the Ultimate Girls Midweek stay for just £99 per person.
Stay in the city’s most popular district and get a taste of what makes Liverpool the number one nightlife destination in the UK from the comfort of Arthouse Hotel.
All our midweek Liverpool hotel offers are subject to availability and prices are based on full occupancy unless stated otherwise.
Hurry and book your stay today by calling 0151 601 8801 or email email@example.com for more information.
Alfred Hitchcock is undeniably one of the world’s most famous and influential directors of all time. From Birds to Psycho to Vertigo, it is hard to find someone who hasn’t seen at least one of ‘The Master of Suspense’s films. As we approach the anniversary of the legendary director’s death, nearly 40 years ago on April 29th 1980, we take a look back on all things Alfred Hitchcock.
He was celebrated throughout the cinematic world for his distinctly recognisable directorial style, with shots framed to maximise the feeling of unease within his viewers, creating a sense of fear, dread or anxiety in his innovative forms of film editing.
It was this iconic style that earned him his ‘Master of Suspense’ title and paved the way for Hitchcock’s pioneering evolution of the thriller genre.
The Early Life of an Icon
Born to a William Hitchcock, a greengrocer in Leytonstone in 1899, Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was the second son and youngest of three children. Often found drawing and inventing games in his spare time, he was quiet and described as a bit of a loner – a trait that was mainly due to his size, which was large even as a child.
A story often told about Hitchcock’s upbringing, and the subsequent influence on his life and career is the story of Hitchcock’s time spent in prison.
When he was five years old, Hitchcock’s very strict, Catholic father punished the young boy for being naughty by sending him to the local police station with a note, asking the officers to lock him away for several minutes. This was Hitchcock’s only brush with the law, thanks to a deep-seated fear of authority because of this very moment.
After graduating from London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation, with fantastic draftsmanship skills under his belt, Hitchcock took a job at Henley Telegraph Company as an estimator for their manufacture of electric cable.
With a job he saw as mind-numbing, Hitchcock used his free time to attend the cinema (often by himself0, read cinema trade papers and take drawing classes at London University. This creative side shone through in Henley’s Social Club magazine, where his short stories with twist endings and caricatures were published. These published works got Hitchcock promoted to the advertising department, as a creative advertising illustrator.
The Birth of a Director
Hitchcock’s first endeavour into film was a job as a title card designer (the text in silent movies that explains actions or shows dialogue) for Famous Players-Lasky (which later became Paramount). He used this job to get his foot in the door for screenwriting, assistant director, set designer and all other aspects of filmmaking.
After a few failed attempts at directing while at Famous Players-Lasky, during which he met his future wife, Alma, Hitchcock scored a hit with The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog in 1927. The film was a major success in the United Kingdom and is regarded as the first ‘Hitchcockian’ film, heavily influenced by expressionist techniques that Hitchcock witnessed while directing The Pleasure Garden in Germany in 1926.
The 1930s saw Hitchcock make film after film, with many becoming a success both on home soil and across the Atlantic in America. His 1938 film The Lady Vanishes, won the New York Critics’ Award for Best Film, which helped catch the attention of American film producer and studio owner David O. Selznick, who extended a contract offer of three motion picture films. Hitchcock accepted and moved his now wife Alma, and ten-year-old daughter Patricia, to Hollywood.
Hitchcock was one of the first directors to which the ‘auteur theory was applied, a theory which stresses the artistic authority of the director in the filmmaking process. Such artistry is what contributed to so many of Hitchcock’s films being regarded with such icon status.
Perhaps the most well-known film from Hitchcock didn’t come until later in his career, Psycho, released in 1960, was the most shocking film of its time. With twists and disturbing themes that thrilled moviegoers across the world. The cheap budget ($800,000) gave Hitchcock motivation to be creative with his filming techniques, to such an extent that the now iconic shower scene, where the heroine is brutally murdered, is composed of more than 90 shots and 70 different angles. The scene is revered as one of the most thrilling pieces of work of all time.
Keeping with his later fashion of one-word titles and suspenseful thrillers, Hitchcock’s other most memorable films, which hold permanent places on the majority of ‘Top Films’ lists, includes Birds (1963), where a town is attacked by menacing flocks of birds, and Vertigo (1958), a story of obsession, manipulation and fear and a cycle of madness and lies.
The endless list of classics produced by the Master of Suspense is one of the many reasons he is considered to be one of, if not the, best directors of all time.
Not to be ignored are Hitchcock’s lesser known films, iconic in their own right, but often overshadowed by is creative giants. Early works such as Notorious (1946), Spellbound (1945) and The 39 Steps (1935) all have their place in film history for their technical ingenuity.
With more than 50 feature films under his belt throughout his career, there is a plethora of hidden and niche Hitchcock films that document his development to the style he was admired for.
Often cited as a pioneer and auteur, Hitchcock’s filming style is what places him in the director’s hall of fame, with signature filming techniques and styles that help identify any of his films as distinctly Hitchcockian.
He appears as a cameo in 39 of his films, often with no lines and as a brief background character in early scenes. The tradition began When filming his first major success, The Lodger (1927), when there weren’t enough extras to fill the newsroom in the opening scene.
Certain camera angles and techniques have become associated with the director’s feature films, as he creates a feel of voyeurism for the audience, with point of view shots and roving tracking to guide the audience to the subject at hand.
Hitchcock also gained a reputation for using ‘icy blondes’ as his chosen heroines, from Grace Kelly to Janet Leigh to Ingrid Bergman. He once said that blondes are thought to be innocent and glamorous – the perfect recipe for a victim. The icy attitude was for added suspense, and to confuse the audience with their lack of empathy for the poor femme fatale.
He was also noted for his rigorous planning of his productions, with every detail of every scene meticulously storyboarded, with every camera angle, sound effect and movement accounted for and unchanged throughout the filming process.
Hitchcock met his wife, Alma, while working at his first studio, Famous Players-Lasky. She worked on continuity and editing for several of his early works and the two were married in 1926 and she became his chief collaborator on all films. Alma took a backseat to the limelight as she did not want the public attention that came with her husband’s rise to fame.
The couple welcomed their first and only child, a girl named Patricia, in 1928, and the entire family moved to Hollywood when David O. Selznick offered Hitchcock a three-film contract in March 1939.
Awards, Honours and Death
Being one of the most well-noted directors in history comes with a string of awards and honours across a lifetime of hard work and dedication to the industry. Along with innumerable Oscar, Golden Globes and BAFTA nominations and awards, Hitchcock also received five lifetime achievement awards, eight Laurel Awards and has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Hitchcock became Sir Alfred Hitchcock after being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the 1980 New Year Honours.
In the first few months after his knighthood, Hitchcock worked on a script for a new spy thriller, The Short Night, but the project never came to fruition due to the director’s rapidly declining health. In April of 1980, he passed away in his home of renal failure at 80 years old.
The Hitchcock Floor at Arthouse Hotel
Arthouse Hotel, close to Liverpool’s city centre and just minutes walk to the vibrant and ever-growing nightlife, pay special homage to Hitchcock’s legacy and the impact he left on the cinematic world with an entire floor dedicated to his most iconic films.
Choose from eight Hitchcock themed rooms, sleeping between four and six guests, and indulge in the luxury of a bygone era of cinema.
Experience an elegant take on Bates Motel in Pyscho, or indulge in Notorious, there’s glamour in Suspicion and dark decadence in The Birds.
Be enchanted in Spellbound or experience life on the run in Stage Fright, there’s also the mystifying magnetism of Vertigo and a 1920s vibe in Easy Virtue.
There’s stylish accommodation for everyone whatever your favourite Hitchcock film, and with an amazing location in the heart of cultural Liverpool, there is no better place for group accommodation that the Arthouse Hotel.
Book a stay on the Alfred Hitchcock floor at Arthouse Hotel and have a scream this Halloween in Liverpool with all your friends.
Halloween is just around the corner so we’ve taken a look at how the master of macabre, Alfred Hitchcock, chose to celebrate his love of horror and haunting. The bash he threw for the Warner Brother top brass in March 1956 showed that Halloween must have surely been his favourite time of year.
Our Hitchcock movie-themed hotel rooms are dedicated to the great director and his work, to help our guests celebrate all things spooky in style.
Check out this amazing account of the spookiest party in town during 1956 at Alfred’s own horrifying New York Haunted House Party.
The perfect party location
In true Hitchcock fashion, it was all about location, location, location when it came to planning his grand New York Haunted House Party.
source: The Splendid Table
He sent out his team, Young and Rubicam, to track down a Hitchcock appropriate venue to host his hotly anticipated house party.
The stipulation was that the venue should;
Be able to cater to a number of VIP guests
Have a glamorous yet chilling interior
And most importantly have its very own supernatural presence
The task at hand seemed daunting at first when the team first attempts to secure out a genuine haunted house in New York.
The Wine Cellars of Brooklyn Bridge
They came up trumps with Hitchcock’s first two criteria but were stumped time and time again when it came to finding a real live haunted house.
Luckily a tip came in that the wine cellars under the Brooklyn Bridge ticked all the boxes on Hitchcock’s list.
Together Young and Rubicam and an excited Mr Hitchcock took a tour of the cellars and discovered, at last, the ideal space in which to host Hitchcock’s epic Halloween bash.
source: The Cave Wine Storage
The walls were dripping, dank and dark and even the whispers of the team members echoed around the cavernous space creating ghostly whispers.
Sadly a Hitch presented itself.
There was no plumbing throughout the cellars and Hitchcock’s most distinguished guests could not expect to go without washrooms for the entire shindig. Prices for temporary fixtures were assembled totalling $800.
The wine cellars were a no go and the search continued.
The Old Merchants House
The people of New York all began to get involved in the search and tips kept rolling in about supposedly haunted buildings that were ideal for Hitchcock’s house of horrors.
The Old Merchant House was scouted as another possible venue. The perfectly preserved period home was ideally spooky and was rumoured to have ghosts of its very own.
source; NY Adventure Club
Those who inherited The Old Merchant House told stories of ghostly happenings. Convinced that nine members of the Treadwell family who lived and died on the property continued to haunt it they opened the home up as a museum.
Hitchcock, upon visiting the house was overjoyed with the preservation of the home and believed it would make a smashing venue for his VIP haunted house party.
source: landmarkinteriorsAgain, it was not to be as the kin of the Treadwell family could not consider a party being held inside their historical landmark giving Hitchcock and his team a blunt no when the idea was suggested.
The search went on.
Today The Old Merchant House is still perfectly preserved and receives regular visitors with a keen interest in the history of the home and its haunting past.
Taking matters into his own hand Hitchcock reached out to the American Psychic Research Society who responded that New York had become too modern a city to host any sort of supernatural spirit.
Hitchcock then placed an advert in The Times real estate section asking for people to call in with any ideas. Young and Rubicam were bombarded with over 100 telephone calls a day but none of the leads could conjure evidence or even stories of ghostly presences in their proposed properties.
There were suggestions of homes in Jackson Heights with real graves in the garden, a place in Englewood for sale with reports of a poltergeist but Hitchcock preferred to stay in the city centre.
On Staten Island, there was an agent trying to rent his property to Hitchcock for $5000 because it had nightly spiritual torments which gave Hitchcock chills but not because of the ghosts.
The Winning Location
After his short but exhaustive search for the most haunted house in New York Hitchcock and his team settled on the towering townhouse on 7 East 80TH Street.
The abandoned cobweb-laden mansion was sans spirits but Hitchcock’s patience was spent and he settled for a venue that looked haunted but wasn’t.
This was no problem for the master of suspense and horror as he and his crew set to work stirring up the dusty corners of the extensive property and adding some eerie extra touches here and there.
Hitchcock placed coffin shaped bars around the home, and well placed hidden speakers provided spooky moans and groans of fictional ghoulies throughout the building.
Using the ancient furnishings to his benefit Hitchcock accentuated the decay of century-old paintings, elaborate antique chandeliers and thick dusty drapes. The perfect mood lighting was installed and Hitchcock’s haunted house party was finally taking shape.
The Monstrous Menu
A stickler for the finer details Hitchcock ensured that if he couldn’t frighten his guests with real ghosts he would try instead with his party menu.
Inside the carefully crafted Tombstone Shaped invitations guests received a copy of this cleverly conceived menu of the macabre;
Carte de Morte
Morbid Morgue Mussels, Suicide Suzettes avec Crepe, Consommé de Cobra, Vicious-Soisse
Home-Fried Homicide, Ragout of Reptile, Charcoal-broiled Same-Witch Legs, Corpse Croquettes, Barbecued Banshee au Gratin, Opium Omelette en Brochette, Stuffed Stiffs with Hard Sauce, Gibbeted Giblets, Monster Thermidor, Tormented Tortillas, Ghoulish Goulash, Blind Bats en casserole
Fromage d’Abbatoir, Python Pudding, Morphine Meringue Glace, Fresh cut Lady Fingers (in season)
Bloody Marys, Anisette d’Arsenic, Hennessy’s Heroin, Dead Grand-dad, Formaldehyde Frappe
Guests came dressed to impress in all manners of upper-class attire, and photos show that the drinks were flowing as the spookfest played out.
On top of all the extravagant food, there was also a detailed party cake made to resemble a church and graveyard, complete with inedible cobwebs draped across so that it almost looked a part of the house.
Not to leave things to chance Hitchcock utilised his movie know how to give his guests an extra fright in the night.
One of his cheeky tricks included a decrepit old man left in one of the upstairs bedrooms. Clever makeup and special effects made this character seem like he could have been left to pass away in the house and forgotten.
This was not the only haunting house party Hitchcock threw during his years as master of suspense. Other notorious party rumours circulate about the director hosting events in LA where guests were handed shovels and asked to exhume several buried skulls bureid around the property garden.
If we could attend any Halloween party we think Hitchcock’s soirées might have been the most terrifying ones of all time.
Staying with Arthouse Hotel on the Hitchcock floor
We know that any party might pale in comparison to Hitchcock’s fright fests but there are plenty of spooky happenings going on during Halloween in Liverpool 2017.
Book to stay in one of our Hitchcock hotel rooms at Arthouse Hotel this Halloween and prepare to be dazzled by the décor and enticed by the exquisite ensuite bathrooms.
Arthouse Hotel is right in the middle of all the best Halloween action taking place in Liverpool. Make sure you get yourselves booked into one of our Hitchcock themed suites or our other movie-themed hotel rooms and have yourself a scream this Halloween.
When you’re picking your Friday night film which genre do you lean toward? Comedy, fantasy, action? If the answer is a good old-fashioned thriller then why not spend a Friday night one of our Hitchcock movie themed hotel rooms in Liverpool.
At Arthouse Hotel, our second floor has been entirely dedicated to the work of one man who knew how to shock and thrill his audience; Alfred Hitchcock.
Here we count down our Hitchcock themed hotel rooms based on his most thrilling pieces of work.
#5 Notorious 1935
One of Hitchcock’s favourite leading ladies plays the Notorious Alicia Huberman in this masterful love story turned spy thriller.
Deep undercover, Alicia becomes entangled in increasingly more dangerous situations.
The entire movie is rife with the cinematic mastery that Hitchcock became famous for and draws viewers into the seemingly hopeless love affair, spiced with a risky espionage plot line.
The Notorious themed hotel room at Arthouse sleeps up to four guests and is swathed in decadent red leather walls complemented by glistening gold furnishings.
All the top modern facilities are to hand as well with a huge flat screen TV and small kitchenette.
Perfect for a small group of horror fans looking for a thrilling stay in Liverpool.
#4 Suspicion 1941
Suspicion is a classic story of boy meets girl, boy marries girl, boy lies to girl and girl suspects boy of plotting to murder her!
Leading man Cary Grant fills the role of playboy Johnnie wins over everyday girl Lina, whom he suspects has access to inheritance from her wealthy father but it’s not long before the truths come out.
Throughout the rest of the movie Lina’s suspicion of her new husband begin to mount and Hitchcock manages to engage the audience and succeeds in matching their suspicions to hers.
A famous scene is when Johnnie is ascending the stairs with a glass of milk for Lina. The audience’s suspicions heighten without verbal prompting because the glass is illuminated.
At Arthouse Hotel, the Suspicion themed hotel room has been matched to Hitchcock’s classic style black leather finishes mimicking his perfectly tailored trademark black suits, splashes of red to add some drama.
The Suspicion hotel room sleeps up to six guests with a functional kitchenette and stunning ensuite bathroom.
#3 Vertigo 1958
Perhaps the defining movie moment of his illustrious career Hitchcock uses Vertigo to explore the fragility of the human mind and the ease at which it can be manipulated.
It has been recognised as the best film ever made and ranks as the ninth-greatest American movie of all time.
Thanks to special camera tricks such as the infamous dolly zoom, and Hitchcock’s fondness for French literature, Vertigo is a movie masterpiece with a dark theme at its core.
Plenty of theories have been drawn up as to what the movie signifies some include portrayals of male aggression, the deconstruction of femininity and the most modern perhaps is that the movie is the all in the imagination of the main male lead.
Our Vertigo themed hotel room can sleep up to four guests in utter luxury.
A movie with the most iconic scene in cinema history, Psycho most defiantly deserves the runner up spot in our countdown to most thrilling Hitchcock movies.
This amazing movie plot has been at the core of so many popular thrillers and set the benchmark for acceptable levels of on screen violence.
Typical of Hitchcock our leading lady Janet Leigh is stranded in a secluded motel after stealing from her boss. Hitchcock often made his victims seem as though they somehow deserved their fate, another directorial technique adopted by modern movie makers.
Leigh’s character eventually succumbs to the evils of Norman Bates, and one of the most terrifying and disturbing movies follows.
Our stunning Psycho themed hotel room sleeps up to four guests and in the city centre of Liverpool. There are full modern facilities available to guests including a huge flat screen TV and stunning ensuite bathrooms.
Worlds apart from the accommodation experience at Bates Motel for sure.
#1 The Birds 1963
Our number one movie in our countdown to the most thrilling pieces of Hitchcock’s work is, of course, The Birds.
Starting the movie with a clever bit of movie trickery, Hitchcock lulls the audience into a false sense of security with playful comedy technique known as screwball comedy.
After setting the comedic tone of a love story Hitchcock then plunges his audiences into unimaginable terror and new realms of bird related fear.
The famed telephone box scene where Hitchcock threw in a realistic looking bird prop smashing the glass was not scripted, neither was there meant to be live birds in the attic scene towards the end of the movie.
It was Hitchcock’s style to shock and amaze; his talent was clear and he captivated his audiences by leaving them wanting more.
This stunning movie themed hotel room is exceptionally outfitted with stunning décor and the latest modern facilities. Sleeping up to four guests The Birds room is our top choice for a group of thriller movie fans looking to stay in Liverpool in style.
Unquestionably one of the world’s most renowned and influential directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock is famous for his unique directorial style that earned him his ‘Master of Suspense’ title and paved the way for Hitchcock’s pioneering evolution of the thriller genre.
One of his most famous films was of course The Birds, a disturbing tale of a pristine city woman who comes undone in a rustic northern California seaside town by an onslaught of seemingly unexplained, arbitrary and chaotic attacks of birds.
With shots framed to maximise the feeling of suspense and claustrophobia in his audience, this film has become one of the most eerie and terrifying in Hitchcock’s repertoire.
At the Arthouse Hotel we are huge Hitchcock fans, which is way we’ve dedicated many of our rooms to the directing legend and one of the most popular is The Birds room.
To celebrate this classic we’ve decided to delve into the spooky facts and secrets that surround the filming of The Birds.
It was Loosely Based on a Daphne Du Maurier Book
The title of the film and the plot came from the short story called The Birds written in 1952 by Du Maurier.
Hitchcock Was Inspired By a Spooky Incident He Saw in the Paper
In 1961 Hitchcock read a newspaper article about hordes of dead birds washing up onto the streets in the seaside California town of Capitola and a story about flocks of frenzied, dying birds flying into the windows of homes in Monterey Bay.
Leading Lady Tippi Hedren Had Never Acted Before
Hitchcock spotted her in a TV commercial for a diet drink during NBC’s Today show. He would eventually groom her into one of his classic icy blondes, choosing her clothes, hairstyle, and even her lipstick for her role as Melanie Daniels.
Hedren Met With Executives About a ‘Secret Film’ on Friday the 13th
She had several meetings with executives and an agent, with no one willing to divulge the director or film for which she was being considered. She was finally told it was Hitchcock and met with the director for dinner; they didn’t discuss film, but rather food, travel and wine.
The Film is Full of Suspense But There is no Musical Score
Hitchcock hired his long time musical partner and favourite composer Bernard Herrmann for ‘The Birds,’ but he didn’t write a single piece of music for the film. Instead, Hitchcock wanted him to focus on sounds to make the entire film infinitely creepier by using the chirping and flapping of the birds’ wings just before they attacked.
The Bird Noises Were Made Using Electronic Sound Machines
They were created on the mixtrautonium, an early electronic musical instrument, by Oskar Sala.
The Schoolhouse That Was Used For Filming Was Haunted
Tippi Hedren said the entire cast was spooked to be there, they had a feeling like it was full of people when it was completely empty. When Hitchcock was told about this, he was even more encouraged to film there.
Raw Meat and Fish Were Used to Attract The Birds
The actors often had ground meat or anchovies smeared on their hands and raw meat was hung from the cameras.
Not All of The Feathered Friends Were Real
Hammers with fake bird heads were used to peck through the wooden doors and give the effect of birds breaking through.
The Birds Were Fed a Mixture of Wheat and Whiskey
During filming the crew needed to keep the birds standing and flying for hours, so they were fed this combination to keep them going.
The Birds Were Not Allowed to be Released or Kept as Pets
Ray Berwick was head bird trainer on set and later admitted that the birds were too dangerous to be released after filming had finished as they had been trained to attack.
Live Birds Were Attached to Hedren’s Clothes During Filming
They were attached using long nylon threads so they couldn’t get away and to give the scene more of a manic feel.
Hedren Really Slaps Doreen Lang who Played Her Hysterical Mother
Hedren was hesitant, having never slapped anyone before, but Lang convinced her to do it.
The Post-Attack Makeup Was Too Horrifying for Hedren
She looked at herself in a mirror and had to go outside to throw up.
The Leading Lady was actually cut in the face by a bird in one of the shots
On the last day of shooting, a bird clawed Hedren’s face just below her eye, and she broke down in tears.
One Scene Took Seven Days To Shoot
The intense scene where Hedren’s character is attacked in the attic was filmed over seven long days, even though it only runs about a minute on scree. Hedren has spoken often about how hard the harrowing scene was to film, Hitchcock insisted on having real trained gulls attack her.
Following This Scene Hedren Was Admitted to Hospital for a Week
She said it was the worst week of her life and took a physical and emotional toll on her well-being.
Hitchcock Was Known For Playing Sick Practical Jokes
Hedren’s daughter Melanie Griffith was given a present by Alfred Hitchcock during the filming, it was an eerily accurate doll of her mother wearing a dress from The Birds and lying in a miniature coffin.
Hitchcock Had A Trick Up His Sleeve For When The Film Was Over
When audiences left the film’s UK premiere at the Odeon in Leicester Square, London, they were greeted by the sound of screeching and flapping birds from loudspeakers hidden in the trees to scare them further.
The Birds Created an Unending Terror for the Audience
The film does not finish with the usual “THE END” title because Alfred Hitchcock didn’t want the horror to end once the film was over.
Something Spooky Happened To Daphne Du Maurier’s Son
In May 2001, Du Maurier’s son reported that he and his wife were being terrorised by seagulls nesting outside their cottage in Cornwall, England.
It Was Voted the Seventh Scariest Film of All Time
By a poll carried out on the British public by Channel 5 and “The Times” in 2006.
The Birds Themed Hotel Room
If you’re a Hitchcock fan, why not book a stay in one of our eight different themed rooms, on a floor that is dedicated to this iconic director.
Sleeping between four and six guests, indulge in the luxury of a bygone era of cinema in our fabulously opulent room dedicated to The Birds.
The Birds room at the Arthouse Hotel is dark and decadent, transporting you into the mind of one of the world’s greatest filmmakers with a glorious image from the film, crushed velvet fixtures and luxurious unique features.
The Arthouse Hotel is in a perfect location in the heart of Liverpool’s centre and just minutes walk to the vibrant and ever-growing nightlife.
There is no better place for group accommodation that the Arthouse Hotel.
Have you been looking for a special way to treat yourself in Liverpool during the week? Look no further than Arthouse Hotel. Liverpool’s newest movie-themed hotel been designed to accommodate visitors to the city who awant to enjoy a great night out on the town.
Come and experience the UK’s favourite party city destination when it’s a little less crowded and you can take advantage of the amazing mid-week offers in Liverpool’s best bars.
Choose Your Movie
At Arthouse Hotel, there are three fabulous floors each designed with a movie themed concept in mind.
The first floor has a choice of iconic musical movies such as Grease, Yellow Submarine and Chicago. So, if you enjoy singing along to the toe-tapping songs from these tuneful classics then chose a movie themed room from the first floor.
Up to the next floor which is one for the horror fans among you. Welcome to our thrilling Hitchcock themed floor where a selection of the celebrated director’s most memorable movies has inspired each of our second-floor rooms.
Enjoy a dizzying night in Vertigo, a terrifying night with The Birds or even spend a night in Suspicion on our Hitchcock movie themed floor.
Finally, the third-floor accommodation was inspired by the iconic master of mixed media, Andy Warhol. Not instantly known for his movie making skills, Warhol’s movies were controversial of course, which gave them their underground appeal.
Choose a room inspired by the well-known portraits of Marilyn Monroe or his recreation of classical Renaissance paintings. Perhaps treat yourself in Liverpool to a night spent in a room inspired by The Chelsea Girls. A controversial film about life in a hotel that earned 10x its filming budget within the first 19 weeks of screening in New York.
Whether you enjoy a sweet singalong, a thrilling horror or something a little more provocative, Arthouse Hotel has the room for you.
Pick your restaurant
During your overnight stay, we have two fabulous restaurants where you can choose to dine for your evening meal.
The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is located within the award-winning Shankly Hotel and provides a delicious varied menu created by talented chefs. They use locally sourced seasonal ingredients to design dishes that are special and can be enjoyed by everybody. Book your evening meal here and enjoy the family friendly atmosphere and stunningly chic décor.
Our Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant can be found atop Liverpool’s exquisite Titanic themed hotel 30 James Street. The perfect location provides visitors with stunning views of Albert Dock and the World Heritage Waterfront from the elegant rooftop terrace. Once seated you can treat yourself in Liverpool from a delightful menu of fine dining quality dishes served with a twist.
No matter which of our city centre restaurants you choose to dine from on the evening of your stay, both are ideally located to continue into Liverpool and enjoy a night experiencing the stylish city-centre nightlife.
Stay and dine for £99
This amazing overnight midweek offer in Arthouse Hotel is just £99. The offer includes an overnight stay from Sunday to Thursday in one of the marvellous movie themed Liverpool hotel rooms and a delicious meal in either the Carpathia or the Bastion Bar and Restaurant.
What better way to treat yourself in Liverpool than spending an evening in a marvellous movie themed room with an evening meal included from Arthouse hotel?
A director so talented and there’s even a national day to celebrate his impact on the filming industry and the methods of his truly amazing talent. Visit Liverpool on the 12th of March and celebrate National Alfred Hitchcock Day at Arthouse hotel.
We looked into the reasons Hitchcock is still such a celebrated talent today.
A master of suspense
It’s one thing to create realistic gory scenes, or play on the fears and insecurities of your audience but without suspense or a connection to the characters, it’s all just for show.
After watching any of Hitchcock’s creations his audience is left with a sense of foreboding, and terror that doesn’t stop when the movie does.
It is Hitchcock’s method is to imply terror rather than portray it. In turn, we, the audience, fill in the details he intentionally left out with our imagination.
As with modern day films of today, the less we see the more we are scared. Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity and even found footage sci-fi/horror Cloverfield, keep us hooked by shielding us from the very thing that is terrifying the cast.
It’s not many directors who were able to achieve this level of audience captivation without exhibiting something for them to be scared by. This is where the talents of Hitchcock’s casting and filming techniques come into play.
Father of modern filmmaking
Using unique camera angles and motion technique was a pioneering move from Hitchcock that gave audiences a sense of being inside the movie.
In Vertigo the audience shares a paralysing sense of fear experienced by the main character through the use of a camera trick called the “Dolly technique”. The camera stays focused on one point and zooms out whilst physically moving towards the focus at the same time.
Simplicity is often the best policy when it comes to filming and Hitchcock’s uncomplicated use of lighting in Suspicion is ingenious.
Simply by placing a light in the glass of milk, Cary Grant is bringing to Joan Fontaine, the audience’s eye is drawn to the glass. Without explicitly saying so, or even implying with action, the audience comes to suspects the milk is poisoned.
These are just a few of the ways in which Hitchcock created his own visual dialect, one that was instantly understood and admired by his audience.
Those memorable leading ladies
It is said that Hitchcock picked his leading ladies out of Freudian interest, whilst he himself believed his choices were made for the effect of the film.
Hitchcock felt that blondes made the best victims because they were like fresh snow that showed up the blood more effectively. A lot of sceptics say that Hitchcock modelled the leading roles around his own mother and then went on to punish them in his films.
Joan Fontaine appeared in two of Hitchcock’s movies, one of which she won an Oscar for. Surprisingly Joan Fontaine was the only actor to ever win an academy award for their work with Hitchcock.
Grace Kelly was Hitchcock’s most elegant leading lady, after becoming Princess of Monaco, Hitchcock tried time and again to get her to portray another of his lead roles. Hitchcock’s well-known foot fetish even saw him spend half an hour directing close ups of Grace Kelly’s shoes without ever using the footage.
Ingrid Bergman was one actress whose work with Hitchcock is among the most celebrated in her career. She affectionately referred to Hitchcock as an “adorable genius” something I’m sure other leading ladies of his would heavily dispute. Not the genius but certainly the adorable.
Tippi Hendren, in particular, has recounted stories of Hitchcock’s maniacal methodology when attempting to provoke emotional responses from his actors. According to Tippi, she recalls Hitchcock surprising her with live birds that were meant to be mechanical in the chilling attic scene from The Birds.
Tippi even alluded to Hitchcock making advances towards her during filming and said he punished her as a result with other cruel or callous methods, all said to be done in the name of the film.
Hitchcock certainly showed his leading ladies a great deal of attention, whether praise, affection or simply by tormenting them. It seems whatever his relationship was with each actress it paid off by producing some of the most memorable film footage of all time.
37 clever cameos
Ever the showman Hitchcock couldn’t help but appear in scenes of his movies. A great way to spend National Alfred Hitchcock Day would be to sit and try and spot each of his 37 cameos.
We’ve listed a few here to get you going;
The Birds – Hitchcock exits the pet shop in the opening scenes with two dogs, both of which are his own.
Psycho – Hitchcock appears outside an office under a Stetson-style cowboy hat.
Rear Window – Hitchcock can be seen winding a clock in the background of one apartment being spied into.
Spellbound – spot the director coming out of a lift holding a violin case.
Lifeboat – he even shows up on the back of a newspaper ad in a before and after shot for weight loss.
Why did Hitchcock enjoy appearing in his movies so?
It seems that his intentions were mixed. Whilst in some movies he appears moments before a particular action or plot scene, sometimes his cameo is merely for kicks. An example can be found in his intention to appear as a deaf-mute in Notorious who gets slapped for signing something lude to a pretty girl but was never used being banned by producers.
Other times his appearance in movies or trailers was to increase audience awareness of his creation. His movie trailers were done with a particular creative genius that mocked his audience at the same time as endearing them to him.
Hitchcock knew how to engage people’s interest. By showcasing himself, he quickly ensured he was the most recognised director of his time. So much so that just a profile shot of Hitchcock today is enough to recognise the great man.
Manipulating marketing methods
Today the power of social media and advertising has reached new heights. Back in Hitchcock’s day, however, there wasn’t the ability to engage the masses with a clever Facebook campaign or viral video release.
Hitchcock took matters into his own hands and utilised his ability to manipulate the audience with clever suggestion and implication.
Psycho, for example, was screened at theatres with a strict rule from the director preventing late seating. This stopped anybody entering showing once it had started, resulting in creating an uninterrupted atmosphere for the seated audience and a feeling of suspense for those too late to watch. The queues that formed at ticket booths also gave the impression that this was a must-see movie.
Another fabulous trick Hitchcock adopted was mocking his audience’s usual choice of summer holiday in a trailer for North by Northwest. Hitchcock playfully offered an alternative holiday based on the route of his character in the movie he takes his audience on a tour across the country. His use of dry humour to added punch to his delivery and showed his audience how witty his new movie was sure to be. The trailer endeared his audience with his playfulness, and again manipulated their response to his movie.
Because Hitchcock’s audience could relate to him, they found it easier to then relate to his work. In turn, because Hitchcock’s characters are said to be based upon his own inner characters, his audience relate to each character as well.
Hitchcock employed much more than what we can physically see on screen to make his movie great, a master of his craft and why we celebrate National Alfred Hitchcock Day on the 12th of March each year.
Stay with us on Alfred Hitchcock day
Book your stay in one of our Hitchcock themed suites at Arthouse hotel, and step into our luxury Liverpool hotel rooms that are representations of the marvellous movies made by the master of suspense.