How Many of These Must-See Classic Films Have You Seen

As a Liverpool hotel that pays homage to some of the great classic films of our time, we thought we’d put a list together of a few other movie greats you simply must watch at least once in your lifetime.

Our selection includes thrillers, horrors, musicals and iconic Hollywood productions that have helped shape today’s cinematic landscape.

See which of our selection you’ve already seen and which ones you still need to watch.

Casablanca

Director: Michael Curtiz

Released: 1942

The classic movie of old Hollywood glamour, Casablanca tells the story of a love triangle between, Rick, (Humphrey Bogart) Lisa, (Ingrid Bergman) and Victor (Paul Henried).

As Rick discovers Lisa is back in town, he comes to the aide of her and her new husband helping them avoid the Germans who are in hot pursuit of the couple.

Remembered for: that line.

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”

Cleopatra

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Released: 1963

Known as one of the most extravagant and expensive movies of all time, Cleopatra was an obvious choice for our list of the most classic films.

In a time when big-budget movies just didn’t exist, Elizabeth Taylor starred as an Egyptian princess who ruled the ancient world, and wasn’t afraid to spend a buck or two whilst doing it.

Remembered for: The blown budget. Costing $44 million to make, the movie only grossed to date $29.75 million.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Director: Blake Edwards

Released: 1961

Everybody’s favourite on-screen stunner, Audrey Hepburn, made so many things famous in this movie.

The little black dress, the bouffant hairstyle, not to mention the huge sunglasses, Holly Golightly is Hepburn’s most memorable role, one she has been optimised for ever since.

Remembered for: This moment.

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Grease

Director: Randal Kleiser

Released: 1978

Who hasn’t watched Grease? If the answer to that question is me, have you been living under a rock?

This classic film is the original high school musical movie depicting the tumultuous romance of two “teenagers” who meet in the summer and fall in love. What follows is a literal rollercoaster of good girl goes bad and bad boy goes good.

Remembered for: Greased Lightning        

Titanic

Director: James Cameron

Released: 1998

This classic film epic had to make the list for so many reasons. James Cameron really pulled out all the stops when he recreated one of the biggest shipping disasters of all time.

Weaving a class-crossing love story into the tragedy made Titanic a must watch movie that will go down in history as one of the greatest classic films of all time.

Remembered for: Rose letting go after she swore she wouldn’t.

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Gone with the Wind

Director: Victor Flemming

Released: 1940

Still the highest-grossing film of all time, Gone with the Wind is probably the most classic film to have ever been made.

Starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, the movie was destined for greatness and tells the story of a wealthy southern belle and her love life struggles set throughout the American civil war.

Remembered for: that line.

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Citizen Kane

Director: Orson Welles

Released: 1941

Transcending every Hollywood genre, except Western, Citizen Kane enters the list of classic films because it is inarguably the most important American film ever made.

The mystery movie starts with Kane on his deathbed, uttering a seemingly random word “Rosebud” and the rest involves an investigative journalist trying to understand the meaning behind the word.

Remembered for: being a big deal.

Psycho

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1960

Notably one of the most iconic classic films in history, Psycho has served as the benchmark for thrillers since it debuted in 1960. The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock certainly worked his magic on this one.

Starring one of his icy blonds, Janet Leigh as Marion Crane who flees her job after stealing cash and winds up in a motel run by the very creepy Norman Bates and his mother, or at least that’s what Marion thinks.

See if you love our Psycho room as much as we love the movie by booking to stay here.

Remembered for: the shower scene.

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The Godfather

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Released: 1972

The don of all gangster movies (pardon the pun) The Godfather is undoubtedly a classic film not to be missed.

The Godfather is easily the most influential gangster film ever made. Telling the tale of Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, and his rise to becoming the head of a mafioso family after initially shunning the business.

Remembered for: Marlon Brando’s portrayal of Vito Corleone

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Jaws

Director: Steven Spielberg

Released: 1975

An oldie but a goodie, after the movie Jaws was published people were genuinely terrified to go swimming in the sea.

Jaws is a gripping thriller which sees a monster shark arrive in the shallows of the sleepy tourist town, Amity Island and go on a killing spree at peak holiday season.

Remembered for: the huge and terrifying, mechanical shark (which, because of all its faults Spielberg nicknamed “The Great White Turd”)

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The Wizard of Oz

Director: Victor Flemming

Released: 1939

A fantasy film masterpiece that depicts a fantasy land adapted from L. Frank Baum’s novel, The Wizard of Oz tells the tale of young Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, and her journey to the land of Oz via a tornado.

This must-see movie has everything from songs and dancing, to witches, munchkins and flying monkeys – what’s not to love?

Why not book your own stay in Oz and check out our own Wizard of Oz room here at Arthouse Hotel?

Remembered for: the use of technicolour and large-scale production.

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Schindler’s List

Director: Steven Speilberg

Released: 1993

From technicolour wonders to a moving black and white period war film, Schindler’s List is among the greatest, most heart-wrenching movies of our time.

Portraying one of the most horrific crimes against humanity in our history, the Holocaust, Spielberg tells the story of a man that saved the lives of Jewish people in WWII by employing them in his factory and saving them from Auschwitz.

Remembered for: the little girl in the red coat.

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Director: Frank Capra

Released: 1946

A favourite classic film and the ultimate Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life was the very first of its kind.

Known as the most inspirational American film ever made, It’s a Wonderful Life follows the alternative timeline of down-on-his-luck George Bailey through the help of a guardian angel. George sees a world without him in it and learns to love the life he has.

Remembered for: the wonderfully warm and fuzzy ending.

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E.T

Director: Steven Spielberg

Released: 1982

A touching story of friendship and life beyond our planet, E.T is known as one of the greatest science fiction, family-friendly films to see.

Following the friendship of Elliot and alien lifeform E.T, this feel-good film will make you laugh and cry, as well as make you want a little alien friend all of your own.

Remembered for: cycling across the moon.

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Sound of Music

Director: Robert Wise

Released: 1965

A classic musical film that addressed a very real part of Nazi German history, The Sound of Music is one of those classic films that simply must be watched in your lifetime.

Staring the inimitable Julie Andrews as fraulein Maria, the movie is based on the real-life exploits of the Von Trapps, an Austrian naval officer’s family that escaped Nazi-occupied Austria in the 40s.

Our Sound of Music hotel suite is perfect for group city getaways and perfectly captures the magic of one of the greatest musicals of all time. Book to stay here. 

Remembered for: Do, Re, Mi

The Shining

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Released: 1980

Perhaps the most well-known film of all time, and a sure thing for our list of the top classic films ever, The Shining is definitely one to watch.

Set in the hills of Colorado, in the abandoned Overlook Hotel, Jack (played by Jack Nicholson) takes his family to overcome a writer’s block. What ensues is nothing short of terrifying.

Remembered for: “Here’s Johnny!”

Forrest Gump

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Released: 1994

Starring Tom Hanks at his finest, Forrest Gump will go down in classic film history for its time-spanning, heart-breaking storyline.

From youth to fatherhood, this amazing movie portrays the feel-good life story of Forrest Gump, a boy born with a curved spine and learning difficulties, who went on to do great things despite all the obstacles.

Remembered for: the line.

“Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get!”

Some Like It Hot

Director: Billy Wilder

Released: 1959

One of Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic movies, Some Like It Hot ranks high on every classic film list.

Book to stay in our hommage to Monroe in one of our artistic Andy Warhol Suites at Arthouse Hotel.

The story of two male band members who witness a mafia murder, escape by hiding in an all-female band dressed in drag. Monroe’s character, Sugar becomes the object of one of the guy’s affections and all kinds of hilarity roll out as a result.

Remembered for: that song.

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Shawshank Redemption

Director: Frank Darabont

Released: 1994

Falsely imprisoned Andy Dufrense goes through hell in Shawshank, a high-security prison for the most hardened of criminals, but along the way, he makes a friend, Red (played by Morgan Freeman).

Surviving on hope alone, Andy does have a happy ending, despite getting involved in money laundering for prison guards and spending months at a time in solitary confinement.

Remembered for: Andy’s escape celebration

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Goodfellas

Director: Martin Scorsese

Released: 1990

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”

And cue the music!

This stylised crime drama is arguably the high point of not only Martin Scorsese’s glittering career, but also the high point of Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and certainly Ray Liotta’s careers too.

Be it the wonderful soundtrack or gorgeous clothes that transport you back to the 1950s or the gripping drama that unfolds on screen, Goodfellas is, and always will be, a classic movie.

Remembered for: Tommy’s execution on the day he was to be made. Still hurts.

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A Few Good Men

Director: Rob Reiner

Released: 1992

Released in 1992, this military-themed legal drama is star-studded, to say the least. Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon and Cuba Gooding Jr. give this classic movie some impetuous and drama.

Based on an accusation of murder, Jack Nicholson delivers what can only be described as one of the most famous lines in movie history.

Remembered for: That famous line.

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Braveheart

Director: Mel Gibson

Released: 1995

It’s 1280, and William Wallace is leading the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. Inspired by Blind Harry’s epic poem, Braveheart is Mel Gibson’s finest hour.

An instant success the moment it was released, Braveheart is a rebel-rousing classic film for the record books.

Remembered for: Wallace’s epic cry of “Freedom!”

Gladiator

Director: Ridley Scott

Released: 2000

Russell Crow is Hispano-Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in this period classic film. Taking award season by storm, Gladiator redefined the action movie genre and made Crow a household star.

However, it was Joaquin Phoneix’s incredible portrayal of Emperor Lucius Aurelius Commodus that ultimately stole the show.

Remembered for: Joaquin Phoneix’s epic tongue pulling and suspense inducing thumbs down gesture.

The Great Dictator

Director: Charlie Chaplin

Released: 1940

The Great Dictator is a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama written, produced, directed and scored by Charlie Chaplin. Oh, he also starred in it as well.

A stirring condemnation of Hitler, Mussolini and fascism in general, The Great Dictator was extremely popular with cinema-goers – so much so that it was Chaplin’s most commercially successful film.

79 years old and still relevant, The Great Dictator is the epitome of a movie classic.

Remembered for: Charlie Chaplin’s tear-jerking speech at the end of the movie: “In the name of democracy, let us all unite!”

Saving Private Ryan

Director: Steven Spielberg

Released: 1998

Saving Private Ryan was released in 1998 and has since been a tough act to follow when concerning epic war movies.

Starring Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore, Tom Hanks and a young Matt Damon, Saving Private Ryan was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2014.

Described as “culturally, historically and aesthetically important,” there’s no denying that Saving Private Ryan is one of the top classic films that simply has to be seen.

Remembered for: The 27-minute-long opening, which includes a depiction of the Omaha Beach assault during the Normandy Landings.

Book to Stay in a Hotel Inspired By Some of the Best Classic Films

Our passion for the greatest classic films of all time can be seen from the moment you step into Arthouse Hotel, following our own yellow brick road to reception.

Each of our rooms has been inspired by great movies or pop culture on our Andy Warhol floor, and all are luxurious spacious accommodation that’s simply perfect for group stays in the city.

Marilyn Monroe room inspired by classic films

Marilyn Monroe Room

What’s more, we have some amazing accommodation offers and packages that are perfectly suited to hen parties, special birthdays and celebratory occasions spent in Liverpool.

Call our team of helpful staff today to book your stay at Arthouse Hotel, or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to enquire about Arthouse Hotel and our movie themed rooms and offers.

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.

Spooky Facts You Didn’t Know About Hitchcock’s The Birds

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 Arthouse Hotel we are huge Hitchcock fans, which is why 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.

BOOK A STAY IN THE BIRDS ROOM TODAY! 

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.

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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 the film, but rather food, travel and wine.

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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.

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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.

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Live Birds Were Attached to Hedren’s Clothes During Filming

They were attached using long nylon threads so they couldn’t get away. It gave 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.

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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 screen. 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.

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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

In 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 hotel room dedicated to The Birds.

The Birds room at 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.

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, especially if you love classic movies of the silver screen.

Call us on 0151 601 8801, email info@signatureliving.co.uk or book your room online and stay at Liverpool’s best movie-themed hotel.

Celebrate At Arthouse As Champagne Turns 90 Years Old

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.

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Champagne is proof that Hitchcock’s talents need no words and his skills could captivate any audience well before he sashayed into producing the thrillers and horrors he became so well known for.

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Happy 90th Birthday to Champagne the movie, you are looking good for an OAP.

Champagne Rules

To celebrate Champagne, turning 90 years old here are a few rules about how to drink the bubbliest of beverages like a pro.

#1 Always Point The Cork Away From People

There’s an art to opening a bottle of Champagne. Simply hold the cork and twist the bottle, this should minimise injury and spillage.

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#2 Savour Every Drop

There’s nothing more wasteful than Champagne spillage and this is why spraying your guests with the good stuff is a no, no. Hold tight and pour into a suitable receptacle.

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#3 Chill Before Serving

Take a leaf out of Eddie’s book and always make sure there’s an adequate amount of prechilled Champagne to hand. There’s nothing more embarrassing than running out!

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#4 Sip Don’t Slurp

If you don’t want to be that person whose speech becomes slurred before the first bubbles pop then take it slow and sip your Champagne, savour the flavour.

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#5 Have the Right Glass

Experts have decided that Champagne flutes are a thing of the past and the bigger the glass the better so get your hands of a goblet for the ultimate Champagne drinking experience.

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#6 Clinky

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.

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#7 Invest in A Magnum

Whether you have a large group or not a Magnum is simply the only way to go when it comes to drinking Champagne . . . just stick to the aforementionned rules and take it slow, using a glass!

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#8 Acceptable Garnish

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.

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#9 Don’t Let It Go To Your Head

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.

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#10 Even So Too Much Is Just Enough

Even though you could feel extremely tipsy quite quickly the pleasant buzz that comes from drinking Champagne is a treat so enjoy knowing that you can never really have too much Champagne.

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The Champagne Room

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.

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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.

Book using any of our amazing accommodation offers here, and arrange for chilled bottles of bubbly to welcome you into our Champagne room.

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Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information or to book your stay.

Sunday Night Hotel Offers For FACT’s The Genius of Alfred Hitchcock

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.

The Line-Up

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.

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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.

Couples Movie Nights

Why not make a movie date night and pair a screening of Hitchcock’s Vertigo with a stay in the Vertigo room at Arthouse Hotel?

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.

Ensuite bathroom Arthouse hotel stag party in Liverpool

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.

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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.

For example, our All The Single Ladies midweek stay offer is perfect for four friends to enjoy a movie night stay in the Psycho room at Arthouse Hotel, ideal for a fabulous movie night with friends just £59 per person.

Call today on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signtureliving.co.uk to check out what other Sunday night hotel offers we have and book to enjoy The Genius of Alfred Hitchcock in style at FACT this summer.

Marvelous Midweek Liverpool Hotel Offers at Arthouse

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.

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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

Marilyn Monroe Room - Liverpool hotel offers at Arthouse

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

Notorious Room - Liverpool hotel offers at Arthouse

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 Ultimate Girls Midweek - Liverpool hotel offers at Arthouse

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.

Ultimate Girls Midweek - Liverpool hotel offers at Arthouse

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 info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information.

All About Alfred Hitchcock

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.

Alfred Hitchcock

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.

Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick

Iconic Films

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.

Janet Leigh in Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock

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.

Hidden Gems

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.

Aesthetic

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.

Alfred Hitchock's cameo in Rear Window

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.

Personal Life

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.

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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.

Spellbound room at Arthouse Hotel

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.

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay at Liverpool’s best movie theme hotel.

The Ultimate Movie Lovers Valentines Date at Arthouse Hotel

Treat the ultimate movie buff to the perfect Valentines date at Arthouse Hotel.

Book your film fanatic partner an evening of luxury in a hotel room themed around the most romantic movies of our time.

Check out our collection of luxury hotel rooms inspired by romantic films including musicals, thrillers and works of art.

Pick your favourite then book the most unique Valentines date in Liverpool at Arthouse hotel for just the two of you.

Lips

Lips - accommodation for a Valentines date

Warhol’s 1959 Lips print is one of his most famous artistic creations.

Warhol himself stated;

“I really don’t care that much about “Beauties”. What I really like are talkers. To me, good talkers are beautiful because good talk is what I love”.

Simplistic and beautiful our Lips room at Arthouse Hotel links to some of the most romantic human things we get up to when in love such as kissing and talking.

Spend some time admiring Warhol’s Lips and enjoying each other’s on your Valentines date at Arthouse Hotel.

Grease

Grease - accommodation for a Valentines date

The ultimate love story, good girl meets bad boy, Grease is one of the most well-loved musicals of a generation.

Our Grease themed hotel room has plenty of comfortable bed space and movie inspired décor with a mural of the happy couple, Danny and Sandy on the ceiling.

If you are “hopelessly devoted” to someone special, then book what is sure to be an “electrifying” Valentines date night at Arthouse Hotel with “the one that you want”.

Kiss

Kiss - accommodation for a Valentines date

Need we say more about our Kiss themed Arthouse Hotel room?

Another of Warhol’s lips related projects, Kiss was a 1963 movie depicting various couples kissing for a 50-minute period.

The film portrayed many couples and included the kisses of mixed race and same sex pairs.

The Kiss room at Arthouse has a romantic lavish décor complete with stills from the intimate experimental movie displayed across the ceiling.

So, pucker up on your Valentines date in the Kiss room at Arthouse Hotel.

Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue - accommodation for a Valentines date

An early one from the Hitchcock archives, Easy Virtue is a romantic movie first but of course has a heavy dose of drama to spice it up.

The film portrays a whirlwind romance blossoming in the romantic surroundings of the French Riviera.

Never one for a happy ending Hitchcock can’t help himself and runs a thread of suspicion throughout the entire movie.

Our Easy Virtue room is darkly decadent and has an interesting vintage décor that is synonymous with the 1920’s when the movie was made.

The perfect place for a virtuous Valentines date in Liverpool.

Phantom of The Opera

The Phantom of the Opera- accommodation for a Valentines date

The longest running show in Broadway history and the most powerful love story ever written; The Phantom of the Opera has captured hearts and minds for over a century.

The story paints a picture of how powerful love is and how easily it can turn into obsession and you will be obsessed with the luxurious Phantom of the Opera room at Arthouse Hotel.

This large city centre hotel room has comfortable double beds and an extravagant décor. The famous Phantom mask adorns the ceiling with quotes and lyrics from the movie.

Where better to spend your Valentines date than in Arthouse Hotel’s Phantom of the Opera room.

Suspicion

Suspicion - accommodation for a Valentines date

Love was never simple with Hitchcock.

Suspicion tells a twisted tale of love, mystery, betrayal and suspicion. As usual our lead female is a stunning blonde and the gent a charismatic charmer.

The Suspicion room at Arthouse Hotel is the ideal Valentines date accommodation with luxurious padded leather and ruby red walls.

Guests are overlooked by the handsome Cary Grant and the beautiful Joan Fontaine from the larger than life movie mural on the ceiling.

For those couples who simply adore the work of Alfred Hitchcock, Suspicion is the perfect hotel room for an unforgettable Valentines date in Liverpool.

Valentines date at Arthouse Hotel

Lips room - accommodation for a Valentines date

Not your average hotel, Arthouse has a unique movie themed room to suit everyone.

For the most memorable Valentines date in Liverpool book your movie lover a night in Arthouse Hotel in any of our romantic love inspire movie themed hotel rooms.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk

How to Throw a Haunted House Party Alfred Hitchcock Style

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.

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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.

Hitchcock Haunted House Party search

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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.

Brooklyn Bridge Wine Cellars

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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.

The Old Merchant House

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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.

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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.

Last resorts

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.

Hitchcock's The Times Real Estate Ad

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

Aperitifs

Morbid Morgue Mussels, Suicide Suzettes avec Crepe, Consommé de Cobra, Vicious-Soisse

Entree

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

Dessert

Fromage d’Abbatoir, Python Pudding, Morphine Meringue Glace, Fresh cut Lady Fingers (in season)

The Liqueurs

 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.

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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.

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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.

Hitchcock and Shovel

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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.

Hitchcock Arthouse Hotel room

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.

Call 0151 601 8801, email info@sigantureliving.co.uk or check out some of our best accommodation offers here and book direct.

Top Themed Hotel Rooms for Fans of Thriller Movies

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.

thriller themed hotel room - Notorious

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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.

thriller themed hotel room - Suspicion

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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.

thriller themed hotel room - Suspission

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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.

thriller themed hotel rooms - Vertigo

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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.

Located in Liverpool’s most popular nightlife district, Vertigo provides perfect group accommodation in Liverpool for those who enjoy a spooky movie.

#2 Psycho 1960

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.

thriller themed hotel rooms - Psycho

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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.

thriller themed hotel rooms - Psycho

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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.

thriller themed hotel rooms - Alfred Hitchcock

Tippi Hendren who played the lead role in The Birds was said to have been shaken after scenes filmed with Hitchcock due to these little-known facts from the filming of The Birds.

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.

The Birds room at Arthouse Hotel will do just the opposite, giving you everything you could need or want during a stay in Liverpool.

thriller themed hotel room - The Birds

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.

Staying at Arthouse Hotel

movie themed hotel rooms at Arthouse Hotel

Call and book your stay today on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

Come along and see how Alfred Hitchcock’s genius has helped us make stunning themed hotel rooms that, like the great director, never fail to impress.