Our Guide to the Best Movies of 2018

In 2018, a selection of stellar movies has showed that, regardless of genre, excellence abounds at the cinema.

In this modern cinematic era, you’d think that the visceral experience of going to the movies, buying popcorn and, extreme I know, putting your phone away, would be under threat. However, rather than retreating in dismay, cinema – notably in 2018 – has come out swinging in a Rocky Balboa-esc blaze of glory.

So, with a month to go until the calendar turns, we thought we’d share with you our picks for the best movies of 2018.

Bohemian Rhapsody

This long-awaited biopic is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their iconic mustachioed frontman – one of, if not the greatest entertainer ever to grace a stage.

The movie chronicles the years preceding Queen’s legendary performance at Live Aid in 1985 where Mercury, played by Rami Malek – who replaced Sacha Baron Cohen in July 2013 – led the band in one of the most iconic performances in music history.

Bohemian Rhapsody does, however, have its shortcomings – its tameness being one of them. Mercury lived a dramatic, hedonistic existence which doesn’t come through in the movie.

Nevertheless, the biopic regains its best-movie status when Mercury, in all his pomp and pageantry, performs at Live Aid in front of 72,000 computer-generated people.

A Prayer Before Dawn

A Prayer Before Dawn isn’t for everyone nor is it one to gather the family for, however, Joe Cole’s ferocious yet unblemished performance is one that transforms actors into megastars.

Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s reworking of boxer William Moore’s 2014 memoir that documents the three years he spent in the infamous Bangkok Hilton – Thailand’s toughest prison – is a primal masterpiece.

Cole is at home in Liverpool when recording Peaky Blinders; the period drama of which he is most known, however, in A Prayer Before Dawn – which was largely shot on location in Klong Prem Prison – he couldn’t be any more removed.

This bubbling volcano of a movie is worthy of being one of 2018s best pictures.

A Star is Born

Renowned movie expert and, aptly, musician Mark Kermode summed up A Star is Born in the opening sentence of his October review: “a timeless tale,” he hollered.

This maxim works wonderfully to describe this movie which, is most certainly timeless. Not only was this picture one of the best, but it was also one of the biggest, grossing £152,518,456 worldwide.

In A Star is Born we have Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga: the former making his directorial bow, the latter in her big-screen debut and, whilst Cooper is awesomely assured behind the camera, it is Gaga who stands out; a star is truly born.

On reflection, A Star is Born may be the best movie of 2018.

Black Panther

The newest big-screen superhero story is both an uproarious adventure and success.

Showcasing Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka, this Marvel masterpiece is a staple of 2018 cinema viewing. Visually handsome with a captivating plot to match, Black Panther is not only a good superhero movie, but it is also a good movie in general.

Not wanting to ignore the important themes the movie tackles Black Panther, subsequently, paved the way for future superhero movies in 2018 and, therefore, is deserving of a place on our list.

Crazy Rich Asians

Like Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians is a watershed moment for Hollywood.

Directed by Jon M Chu, Crazy Rich Asians follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu who journeys to Singapore to meet her spouses’ kin. Nevertheless, like every rom-com ever, there’s an adorable twist. Rachel’s boyfriend is from one of China’s most moneyed families and shock, Rachel doesn’t know.

Normally, a movie such as this wouldn’t pop up on a list like ours, however, Crazy Rich Asians is a lesson on how to both cast a movie and adapt a best-selling novel.

Lady Bird

Lady Bird is a movie overflowing with warmth, humour and sadness that manages to feel current despite the “overly stacked nature” of the teenage-angst genre.

This evocative performance by Saoirse Ronan as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson is deserving of acclaim and award; however, it is Greta Gerwig’s absorbing screenplay and spectacular directorship that empowers this movie.

Arthouse Hotel

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At Arthouse Hotel, we have an array of amazing offers for celebrating Christmas & New Year in Liverpool.

Bring the whole family together and take advantage of our excellent facilities and movie-inspired rooms that wouldn’t look strange in some of the marvellous movies listed above.

So, come and join us! We’d love to hear from you today to organise a magical stay at Arthouse.

You can contact us on 0151 601 8801

Teen Movies That Changed Pop Culture Forever

Ariana Grande pretty much broke the internet after she released the much-anticipated video for her self-love anthem ‘Thank U, Next’. The video is the actual millennial dream with multiple cultural references to various noughties films, leaving us feeling inspired…and unbelievably jealous of that Elle Woods outfit.

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So, after much thought and deliberation, here is our round up some of our favourite teen movies – all of which we feel have changed pop culture (and our lives) forever.

Mean Girls (2004)

Now, this film was a game-changer, and it’s no wonder it was included in Ariana’s video. At the time of release, Lindsay Lohan was the it-girl of ’04. SO fetch. A painfully accurate depiction of American high school politics, Mean Girls also managed to resonate with UK audiences with its brutal but hilarious portrayal of teen angst, awkwardness and social hierarchy.

On top of all that social commentary are also some of the most quotable lines of this day and age. It’s a well-known fact that on Wednesdays we wear pink. We are constantly haunted by the age-old question: IS butter a carb? You go, Glen Coco!

Honestly, we could go on for hours.

Superbad (2007)

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Ah, Superbad. A timeless, modern classic. No seriously! Eleven years later, it still resonates with us. In a similar way to Mean Girls, the film deals with the realities of young adulthood whilst still managing to be a comedy goldmine.

The film makes sure to constantly remind us how the struggle really is real when you’re an uncomfortable, confused & ridiculously hormonal adolescent. This film set itself apart from its immature – and pretty terrible – predecessors, and led the way for a new generation of teen movies.

McLovin’ is the hero we never knew we needed.

Legally Blonde (2001)

Bennnd…and snap! With one of the most incredible aesthetics of all time, Legally Blonde is easily one of the best teen movies out there. Elle Woods shows the world that despite the fact you love a bit of pink leather, have a penchant for fluffy stationary and pretty much live the life of a high fashion Barbie – you can still become a kick-ass lawyer and prove that idiot of an ex-boyfriend wrong.

Legally Blonde served to break stereotypes and pave the way for a new kind of role model for girls. A career woman AND a fashion icon? Yas!

Princess Diaries (2001)

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One of our favourite makeover montages. Hands down. And that’s all we have to say on the matter.

Bring It On (2000)

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Brr, it’s cold in here! There must be some Toros in the atmosphere! Bring It On taught us the all-important difference between jazz hands and spirit fingers. For teens living in the UK, the concept of cheerleaders alone was fascinating.

By the end of the film you’d end up attempting a back-handspring-basket-toss-arabesque-cradle-catch off the couch then spend the rest of the night sulking in your room ‘cos you fell into the telly.

Grease (1978)

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Featuring one of history’s biggest glow-ups in the form of Sandy and her high-waisted satin pants, Grease is easily one of the most memorable teen movies out there. It might be 40 years old, but it still stands as a firm favourite in our eyes.

The ‘teenagers’ in this cult classic definitely look just as old as the movie and we continue to be baffled by how we didn’t clock all that risque subject matter, but we just don’t care. Catchy show tunes, infectious dance moves and let’s face it, young John Travolta as Danny Zuko, Grease is one the best teen movies ever made. If you see yourself as a Pink Lady or T-Bird, book a stay in our Grease themed room at Arthouse. You’re born to hand-jive, baby!

As you can tell, we love all things movies here at Arthouse Hotel. Sound like your cup of tea? Why not come and pay us a visit! Give us a call on 0151 601 8801 to get yourself booked in.

The Best Christmas Movies for a Wintry Night in this Festive Season

The festive season is looming and that involves copious amounts of Christmas eatables and numerous wintry movies. We’ve assembled a selection of some of the greatest festive movies to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Arthouse Hotel is the ultimate spot to bring friends together for the complete cinematic experience. So, why not immerse yourself in and explore Liverpool’s most unique hotel.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

It’s a Wonderful Life is an undisputable staple of Christmas movie viewing. Frank Capra’s depiction of a suicidal building banker (George Bailey) and his Scrooge-like awakening has nestled its way into movie folklore as a festive classic.

This greyscale, festive fairytale follows Bailey on Christmas Eve 1945. In the movie the protagonist is visited by Clarence Odbody, a celestial messenger who shows the downtrodden banker exactly what he has to live for.

Drawing upon Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843), the otherworldly Odbody prompts a phrase that is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas movie spirit: “Merry Christmas, movie house!”

Home Alone (1990)


Guaranteed to get you in the Christmas vein with its festive soundtrack and slapstick shenanigans, Home Alone is a Christmassy masterpiece. Macaulay Culkin’s portrayal of the loveable, albeit hyperreactive Kevin McCallister, is both legendary and heartwarming.

That said, the shovel smacked Joe Pesci and the tarantula covered Daniel Stern would almost certainly disagree.

Not only is this Christmas classic ideal for those wintry nights, but it is also certain to amuse the Ebenezer in every family.

A Christmas Carol (1938)

A Christmas Carol is Christmas in a nutshell. Written by Charles Dickens in 1843, this festive monograph arguably invented the celebration we recognise today. Nevertheless, Joseph Mankiewicz’s adaptation is iconic. Despite its greyscale depiction of Ebenezer Scrooge and his supernatural companions, this cinematic pioneer captures the essence of Christmas.

That said, Michael Caine’s A Muppets Christmas Carol (1992) is Mankiewicz’s greatest competitor as any festive movie is enhanced by musical cabbages and skating penguins.

Love Actually (2003)

Richard Curtis’ Christmas-themed romantic comedy is a modern classic. This star-spangled, multi-narrative movie is both corny and joyous in equal measure, perfect for Christmas Eve viewing.

Love Actually is a must-watch for your festive film catalogue. Starring the prime ministerial Hugh Grant, alongside a plethora of lovestruck characters, this festive staple is here to stay this Christmas.

Elf (2003)

Will Ferrell is a bubbleheaded orphan nurtured by Santa Clause and his assembly of elves in the North pole who travels to New York City to locate his biological father. This nonsensical, clownish Christmas comedy – which was released seven days before Love Actually – is both sidesplitting and, unusually tearjerking.

Prepare for numerous quotable catchphrases as the loveable Elf (Ferrell) bounces about the New York cityscape draped in khaki clad and pointy headgear.

Jon Favreau and David Berenbaum’s Elf is unmissable festive viewing for the entire family this Christmas.

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At Arthouse Hotel, we have a multitude of amazing offers for celebrating Christmas in Liverpool. Bring your family together for a comfortable stay in Liverpool this festive season.

Take advantage of our excellent facilities and movie-inspired rooms over the Christmas period.

So, come and join us! We’d love to hear from you today to organize a magical stay at Arthouse. You can contact us on 0151 601 8801.

 

Christmas Nights Out on Seel Street

It’s the time of year we’ve all been waiting for, Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time for Christmas nights out, festive feels and getting merry.

If you’re planning a yuletide getaway in Liverpool or just going all out for Christmas nights out, take a look at some of the most festive things to do around the Arthouse Hotel this Christmas season.

Christmas Parties at Mulholland Bar & Restaurant

Enjoy a Christmas night out with a difference this year at Mulholland Singing Waiter Diner. The UK’s first singing waiter diner is the place to be to get you in the festive spirit this December.

Mulholland serves a wide range of diner treats, from indulgent million-dollar milkshakes to cocktails, pizza and hot dogs with a musical themed twist.

Look forward to hearing your favourite musical hits performed in style as our talented waiters serve you and sing at the same time! What better way to celebrate the festive season with your co-workers, friends or family?

Christmas Nights out at Alma de Cuba

There’s no place in Liverpool quite like Alma de Cuba and the festive season is no different. There’s still time for Christmas nights out, so get in touch and get one of the best booths in Liverpool. Pick up to eight of your favourite friends and party into the early hours in an intimate setting.

Or have Christmas dinner with a Cuban twist, the Christmas menu features a delightful choice of Christmas dishes and Latin American delicacies. You can also head to Alma for Christmassy tunes and seasonal sparkle as the DJ and Samba dancers transport you to a whole new world. With stylish cocktails and carnival flair, it’ll be one of your Christmas nights out that you won’t forget in a hurry.

With the former church transformed into a winter wonderland, there’s no other bar and restaurant quite like Alma de Cuba at Christmas!

Festive Bars Along Seel Street

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There’s one thing for sure on Seel Street and that’s that there is no shortage of places to enjoy a festive tipple. The people of Liverpool have well and truly got into the festive spirit, with grottos and seasonal sparkle at every turn.

If you can tear yourself away from Mulholland and Alma de Cuba, Kazimier Gardens is the perfect place to cosy up with a mulled wine. The outdoor venue is twinkly at the best of times but Christmas seems even more magical, wrap up warm to enjoy all the delights the bar has to offer!

If you want to work for your festive rewards this year, try and find Miracle on Seel Street. The secret Liverpool bar is tucked away above Salt Dog Slims and is a Christmas grotto like you’ve never seen before. The adults-only venue will treat drinkers to Eggnog, mulled wine and festive cocktails as well as Christmas themed bar bites.

Stay at Arthouse Hotel on Your Christmas Nights Out

There’s no denying that Christmas is a time for plenty of drinks and good times, don’t spoil your night by having to leave early to get the last train home to try and fight for a taxi.

Go all out this year and book to stay in one of Arthouse Hotel’s amazing movie-themed hotel rooms or the brand new Skyline Suites which offer the very best views of Liverpool city centre.

Choose your favourite musical, favourite Hitchcock horror or indulge in the most decadent hotel suites in Liverpool and make sure the party on Seel Street doesn’t end too soon.

Call us today or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your last minute Christmas hotel room now!

Enjoy Disney Sundays at Liverpool’s Singing Waiter Diner

Mulholland is the UK’s first singing waiter diner! Based in the heart of Liverpool city centre, the popular venue hosts Disney Sundays at the weekend, perfect for a family day out or birthday treat.

The showstopping diner has something for everyone! Certain to bring out your inner big kid, you’ll find yourself singing along at Mulholland in no time.

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Bringing a sprinkle of Broadway magic to Liverpool, Mulholland Singing Diner will transport you to a whole new world! The feel-good venue will lift your spirits as you sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Disney Sundays at Mulholland

Disney Sundays bring your favourite movies to life as our talented singing waiters take centre stage. From Disney classics to the hit musicals of recent years, you can look forward to a wide range of Disney themed entertainment.

So, why not Be Our Guest this Sunday? Our fabulous waiters are known for their dazzling service guaranteed to impress. Disney Sundays are the perfect way to round off the weekend with some feel-good entertainment and childhood nostalgia.

Mulholland serves a wide range of delicious pizzas, hot dogs and sides with musical themed twists. Plus, our American inspired diner serves up unmissable million-dollar milkshakes for the ultimate treat.

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A Showstopping Success

The atmosphere of Mulholland is truly one of a kind. We’ve had rave reviews since launching this autumn and have even been featured on BBC News.

Some of our most recent reviewers on Facebook have said:

“Just visited with friends and kids – would highly recommend, food lovely and tasty , kids loved it and where kept entertained, loads of space for the kids to play and dance – the staff where fab, very friendly and efficient and the singing was amazing- I have booked again for next week. It brought out the inner child in me all the fab music and songs. The kids where gutted when we left – fantastic family friendly venue.” – Melissa Mensah

“Went here for lunch for my sisters hen do and couldn’t have asked for a better time! Amazing singing and atmosphere, waiters are so nice and even came and personally sang a song to my sister! Already want to go back. Plus was incredibly cheap because we had 50% off. All the party where buzzing leaving there.” – Laura Prescott

“Booked a table here for my friends birthday, food was fab……. but the service was the highlight of the night, really lovely people in there they really do go that extra mile to cater to you. We will be back and we will be recommending this place to all our friends. Your restaurant really does stand out from the crowd, thanks for a lovely night” – Melissa Woods

Movie-Themed Stays at Arthouse Hotel

Mulholland is located on dynamic Seel Street within Liverpool’s movie-themed Arthouse Hotel. The unique party hotel is perfect for celebrating special occasions in the city. We always have a wide range of special offers to choose from, ensuring your stay is nothing short of magical!

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Our Family Sing & Stay offer is particularly popular for those wanting to experience both the hotel and the diner. To enquire, please get in touch with our friendly team on 0151 601 8801. 

Sing-a-longs & Shakes | Book a Kids’ Party at Mulholland Singing Diner Today

There’s A Whole New World launching in Liverpool and it’s the perfect place to host a birthday party for any Disney-loving kids or musical-obsessed teens.

Go The Distance this year and give your child a birthday party they’ll never forget at the UK’s first singing diner in Liverpool. Prepare to be star-struck at Mulholland Singing Diner as our showstopping waiters take you on a musical journey through Disney hits, musical favourites and movie number ones.

Capturing the sparkling spirit of Broadway, Mulholland is the ultimate birthday party venue for kids everywhere, offering delicious food, incredible entertainment and a chance for everyone to Let It Go!

Enjoy a unique musical experience at the Mulholland Singing Diner

Join us for a pitch perfect musical experience in the centre of the city – ideal for a kids’ celebratory day out or unforgettable evening meal. From famous movie soundtracks to the very best 80s ballads for all the family to enjoy, our incredible waiters will have you singing along in no time as they serve up delectable state-side meals and million-dollar shakes for a birthday party like no other.

The perfect experience for a little star in the making, or a wannabe girl-group looking for a fabulous day out, Be Prepared to be wowed at this exclusive dining experience in the heart of Liverpool.

Kids' Parties at Mulholland

Our incredible Singing Waiters

Whether you’re a musical fanatic or you’ve only watched one Disney movie, there’s something for everyone at Mulholland Singing Diner. After all, There’s No Business Like Show Business so book your table now to enjoy a sprinkle of stardust on your little one’s birthday celebrations.

Tuck into a showstopping celebratory menu

Kids' Parties at Mulholland

Teen parties can get stuck into a state-side menu, full of classic American favourites and unique Mulholland specialties (all with a musical touch).

Be Our Guest as you pick from multi-coloured nachos, musical-themed hot dogs and Spice-Girl based pizzas plus much, much more. Why not enjoy our Do you waffle build a snowman? Or tuck into The Greatest Showman Sundae packed with brownie pieces, ice cream, marshmallows, a side of candyfloss and All That Jazz? Our service is Greased Lightnin’-special with a side of musical accompaniment, so there won’t be a dull moment once you step inside our Seel Street set.

And for younger movie-stars, our kids menu offers all the fun in smaller portions: pick from sandwiches and wraps, two-topping pizzas and delectable ice-cream treats to fill hungry mouths.

Kids' Parties at Mulholland

And of course, a diner isn’t a diner without milkshakes galore – and at Mulholland, no kid’s party is complete without one of our million-dollar shakes. You’ll love our Cake Shakes that seem to be Defying Gravity with their sumptuous toppings of cream, doughnuts, hundreds and thousands and sweet treats!

Make it a night like no other with a stay at Arthouse Hotel

Dial up the movie-mania for an ultimate film-themed birthday experience with a stay in one of our eclectic Arthouse Hotel suites. Sleeping up to 12, these luxurious rooms are perfect for children’s parties, offering plenty of space for excitable party guests and incredible in-room amenities such as flat-screen TVs, jacuzzi baths and even pools!

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The Wizard of Oz room at Arthouse Hotel

Situated on Seel Street, Arthouse Hotel is a unique hotel with stylish rooms inspired by films including Mary Poppins, the Wizard of Oz, Grease and the Sound of Music. Check out our incredible packages today for unmissable deals to make your child’s birthday the ultimate movie experience.

To book a children’s party at Mulholland Singing Diner or an Arthouse Hotel room, call our team today on 0151 205 7900.

The Musical Diner in Liverpool Perfect for Greatest Showman Fans

The Greatest Showman has become a musical phenomenon. The infectious feel-good film dazzled the world with its catchy soundtrack and all star cast. Proving the critics wrong, the hit film topped the box office charts and has since made over $165 million in the US and over $217 million across the globe.

Liverpool now has its very own singing waiter diner, where you can be served American food and drink while enjoying hits from the movie and more musical favourites.

The Best of The Greatest Showman

To celebrate one of our favourite musicals, we thought we’d take a look at what makes The Greatest Showman so special…

The All Star Cast

It goes without saying that The Greatest Showman has a star-studded cast of actors, singers and dancers. The hit film is brought to life by A list favourites such as Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron.

The film has also introduced the world to spectacular talents including the fabulous Keala Settle, previously known for stealing the show on Broadway.

A Heartwarming Story

The Greatest Showman is inspired by the fascinating life of P.T. Barnum, the American showman famous for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Starting from humble beginnings, Barnum’s businesslike character and entrepreneurial spirit were evident from an early age.

The story showcases Barnum’s unlikely rise to success and many of the twists and turns along the way. An inspiring tale about following your dreams, it’s no surprise that the feel-good film struck a chord with its audience.

Celebrating Our Differences

Arguably the film’s most powerful theme is diversity. The Greatest Showman celebrates what makes us different and shines a light on our most unique qualities.

Though Barnum’s circus performers are dismissed as “freaks” by high-society, the uplifting musical sees them power through adversity and come out on the other side. What better way to lift your spirits?!

The Ultimate Feel-Good Soundtrack

The Greatest Showman’s toe-tapping soundtrack saw singalong cinema events sweep the nation, while the soundtrack itself spent over 10 weeks at Number 1 on the Official Album Charts in the UK.

The jam-packed album is one that we’re sure will stand the test of time. From power ballad ‘This is Me’ to the lively sounds of ‘The Greatest Show’.

Mulholland Bar & Restaurant

Mulholland is perfect for fans of The Greatest Showman. The UK’s first singing waiter diner brings the magic of Broadway and musical movies to Liverpool. Choose from classic American food and million-dollar milkshakes as you watch our showstopping singing waiters in action.

Our talented team perform a variety of dazzling hits from your favourite musicals, including The Greatest Showman, Disney classics and more. You’ll find yourself singing along or up on your feet in no time!

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What better way to celebrate a special occasion or simply catch up with friends and make lasting memories?

Arthouse Hotel in Liverpool

Situated on dynamic Seel Street, Arthouse Hotel is a unique movie themed hotel in Liverpool. Our stylish rooms are inspired by films including Grease, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Sound of Music.

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We always have a wide range of unmissable offers to choose from. Our packages are designed to ensure you can make the most of your experience.

To book your stay or find out more about Mulholland Bar & Restaurant, you can reach our friendly team on 0151 601 8801 or head over to our Facebook page.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at FACT & Stay for Halloween in Liverpool

We would like, if we may, to take you on a strange journey this Halloween in Liverpool with a stay in our Rocky Horror themed hotel room after a viewing of the hit cult movie at FACT cinema just across the road.

Rocky Horror has a following of fans who love nothing more than to dress up in full costume when attending special screenings of the movie. Since 1975, scores of people have donned fishnets, sequin top hats, maids’ outfits and butler suits to portray the colourful cast of Rocky Horror.

This Halloween in Liverpool why not book a night at Arthouse Hotel and stay in the Rocky Horror Suite after watching the Rocky Horror Movie being screened at FACT film cinema.

Here are some Rocky Horror themed Halloween fancy dress ideas to get you and your party looking the part.

Dr Frank-N-Furter

A mad scientist transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania, Frank-N-Furter has been trying to create the perfect man for his own enjoyment.

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He’s come to earth to find playthings for his amusement and brought two “loyal” servants along for the ride.

Frank-N-Furter’s outfit consists of suspenders, a corset, fishnets and occasionally a Dr’s gown and gloves. His makeup is heavy, and he has an old-school Boss tattoo on his right bicep.

Brad

Newly married straight-laced Brad Majors is driving through the woods after attending a wedding of friends with his fiancé, Janet.

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The car gets a flat and this leads the couple to ask for help at “The Old Frankenstein Place”. When they arrive, they seem to disturb a huge party and instantly want to find a phone to call for help then leave.

Brad’s costume is simply a beige windbreaker, slacks, white shirt and thick-rimmed glasses.

Janet

Brad’s fiancé, Janet Wiess is a timid and frightened girly girl who depends entirely on Brad to protect her.

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When arriving soaking wet at the mansion, Janet insists on leaving as she can tell something is not quite right.

Janet’s outfit is again a simple pink dress, blue cardigan and curled blond hair and plain/no make-up.

Riff Raff

The Butler of the mansion and fellow Transylvanian, Riff Raff is an alien life form who came with Frank-N-Furter to aid him in his human experiments.

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Riff Raff has other plans and seems to hate being on earth, wishing to return home he eventually stages a mutiny against Frank-N-Furter.

To dress as Riff Raff for Halloween in Liverpool you would need a hunchback, frayed suit with tail coat and bald cap wig.

Magenta

Sister of Riff Raff and alien from Transsexual Transylvania, Magenta plays the maid of the household but again is really serving as Frank-N-Furter’s aid.

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She assists in the lab giving life to Frank-N-Furter’s “perfect man creation” but eventually tires of life on earth wanting to go home Magenta helps Riff Raff with a mutiny against Frank.

Her costume is a maid’s outfit, wild hair and dark red lipstick.

Columbia

One of the more colourful characters in Rocky Horror, Columbia is a human who was recruited by Frank-N-Furter as first a lover and then an assistant when she was replaced by Eddie, a pizza delivery boy.

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Eddie and Columbia eventually fell in love which angered Frank-N-Furter causing him to lock Eddie in a freezer.

Columbia’s costume is elaborately decorated sequin covered hot pants waistcoat and tails with a full sequin top hat to match. Her flame red slicked back hair and winged eye make up complete the look.

Rocky

The creation of Frank-N-Furter, Rocky is to be considered the perfect man, made from half of the pizza boy Eddies Brain and the “genius” of Frank-N-Furter.

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Rocky was purely created for Frank-N-Furters amusement and things go bad when Rocky is seduced by Janet.

To dress as Rocky for Halloweeen is not for the fainthearted and is basically gold hotpants, boots . . . and not much else but a shock of white-blond hair. A bit chilly for October perhaps but a fabulous fancy-dress idea for Halloween.

Eddie

The frozen and forgotten lover of Frank-N-Furter and Columbia Eddie, a pizza delivery boy, was seduced to stay in the mansion and ended up falling for Columbia.

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The relationship cost him his life as Frank-N-Furter became extremely jealous and locked him in a freezer.

During Rocky’s unveiling, Eddie breaks free of the freezer and causes chaos in the lab, scooping up Columbia and riding around on his motorcycle.

Eddie’s outfit is almost like a dead Elvis clad in denim and carrying a saxophone, the all-important scar across the forehead is where Frank-N-Furter removed half his brain.

The Guests

In other movie screenings all over the world, people have come to the movie dressed as the guests of the mansion, gathered to see the unveiling of Frank-N-Furter’s creation.

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Their outfits are mainly tuxes with whacky wigs, big sunglasses, gloves, top hats and pops of colour.

The Rocky Horror Room at Arthouse Hotel

After watching the movie screening at FACT cinema this Halloween in Liverpool enjoy a night out in the nearby bars and clubs of Seel Street. There’s plenty of places that welcome fancy dress in Liverpool and all are within a short walking distance of Arthouse Hotel.

The Rocky Horror room can sleep up to six guests in comfy double beds and has an opulent ensuite bathroom complete with rouge red tiling and walk-in shower.

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The ceiling is adorned with the ruby red lips from the credits of the movie, which just so happen to be the lips of Magenta (a little known Rocky Horror fact) alongside the lyrics to the opening song “Science Fiction Double Feature”.

Between the fancy dress ideas for Halloween in Liverpool, the Rocky Horror movie at FACT and a night out on the town in the city’s most popular bars and clubs you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable Rocky Horror themed Halloween night ou this year.

Book your stay for an amazing Halloween in Liverpool on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk along with tickets to see Rocky Horror Picture Show at FACT cinema here.

The Best Autumn Movies for a Cosy Night In this Season

There’s an autumn chill in the air and that calls for plenty of cosy film nights! If you’re stuck for what to watch, we’ve compiled a go-to list of some of the best autumn movies of all time.

Arthouse Hotel is the perfect spot to bring friends together for the ultimate autumn night in. So, why not enjoy a spectacular group stay at the most unique hotel in Liverpool?

The Best Autumn Movies

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

You’ve Got Mail is without a doubt one one of the best autumn movies of all time. Witten and directed by Nora Ephron, this cosy film captures the feel-good essence of 90s nostalgia.

Find yourself immersed in the story of Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) as they exchange anonymous thoughts via dial-up internet and simultaneously cross paths on the streets of New York.

Harvesting the back-to-school season with one memorable line, Tom Hanks reads: “Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Arguably Nora Ephron’s most famous film, When Harry Met Sally is another autumnal gem, perfect for a lazy Sunday with a mug of hot chocolate. Get ready to be charmed by this mismatched duo as they stroll the leafy streets of Central Park to a truly charming soundtrack.

Not forgetting, Harry and Sally showcase a flawless autumn wardrobe. From cosy knitwear and roll-neck jumpers to stylish bowler hats, this iconic movie is sure to leave you with plenty of outfit ideas.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Good Will Hunting is a must-watch for your autumn movies list. Starring Matt Damon alongside the late Robin Williams, this triumphant tale won an impressive 5 awards at the 1998 Academy Awards.

Prepare for plenty of words of wisdom as inspiring therapist (Williams) attempts to treat a young genius (Damon) amidst the scenic Boston foliage.

The Harry Potter Franchise

A day of autumn movies wouldn’t be complete without a sprinkle of Hogwarts magic. The Harry Potter franchise is perfect for binge watching on a rainy day this October and November.

Literally showcasing the back-to-school feeling, Harry Potter has it all. From knitted jumpers and candlelit pumpkins to woodland adventures, revisiting Harry Potter is a must for this autumn.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Creating an enchanting autumn backdrop, this Disney classic invite you to the mystical town of Salem. A family favourite for the autumn season, Hocus Pocus tells the tale of the Sanderson sisters.

The 3 mischievous witches are accidentally brought back to life, and with their immortality at stake, this fun-filled adventure is sure to keep you hooked!

 Offers in Liverpool – Arthouse Hotel

At Arthouse Hotel, we have a range of fantastic offers for spending autumn in Liverpool in style. Bring your nearest and dearest together for a cosy stay in the heart of Liverpool city centre.

autumn movies

You can look forward to making the most of our indulgent facilities and atmospheric movie-themed rooms. Our glamorous Psycho room and weird and wonderful Rocky Horror Show room are particular favourites over the Halloween period.

So, what are you waiting for? We’d love to hear from you today to plan an unforgettable stay with us! You can reach us on 0151 601 8801.

66 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Film ‘Grease’

One of the most famous and greatly loved musicals of all time, Grease is the story of the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950’s.

But no matter how many times you’ve seen it, there are still loads of interesting facts you probably didn’t know. Even the biggest Grease fans will tell you that they discover something new when they watch it for the umpteenth time.

Here at the Arthouse Hotel, Grease is one of our all time favourite films, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire suite to the classic high school flick.

We’ve done our research and found a staggering 66 undiscovered Grease film facts.

See how many you knew already!

Grease film facts

Inspiration

Grease the movie is based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the same name.

The Broadway musical was written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Jacobs was an advertising copywriter and Warren Casey was a high-school art teacher. They met through an amateur theatre group in Chicago in the early 1960’s, at high school Jacobs had been a greaser and Casey had been bookish and studious.

Grease film facts

The film is set in 1958, 20 years before the actual release date on 1st June 1978.

It was directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Bronte Woodard.

Casting

Sandy

The wonderful Carrie Fisher was considered for the role of Sandy.

Both Marie Osmond and Susan Dey turned down the role of Sandy, Osmond apparently didn’t want her future children to see her in the film, especially the last scenes.

Before Olivia Newton-John was cast as Sandy, she insisted on having a screen test to make sure she would be the right fit for the character and to determine whether she had onscreen chemistry with Travolta.

Danny

Henry Winkler, a.k.a ‘The Fonz’ turned down playing Danny Zuko because the character was too similar to Fonzie, the tough guy with a heart of gold he was already playing on Happy Days.

The Guardian Angel

Elvis was asked to play the Guardian Angel role in the film, but he didn’t accept the role. It was taken by Frankie Avalon instead.

An Art Teacher

Andy Warhol nearly played the part of an art teacher, but various misunderstandings meant the role could never be decided on.

Held Back a Few Years?

None of the actors were anywhere near high school age, John Travolta was 23, Olivia Newton-John was 29, Jeff Conaway was 26 and Dennis Stewart aka ‘Crater face’ was 30.

Stockard Channing was the eldest of the teenage performers during the filming, she was 33.

The two closest to high school age were Lorenzo Lamas (Tom) and Dinah Manoff (Marty), they were both 19.

On Set

Beauty School Dropout

This scene nearly didn’t happen, Frankie Avalon had an intense fear of heights, so the slippery three-storey staircase didn’t seem so dreamy after all. To solve the problem they put mattresses alongside the steps.

The Dance Scenes

All of the background dancers were named, which doesn’t usually happen in films. Among them were Sauce, Bart, Bubba, Midge and Moose.

Most of the extras that featured in the dance scenes had won a nationwide contest to be in the film.

Dinah Manoff who played Marty couldn’t dance so she sat out every single dance scene.

Rydell High

The high school name Rydell High is a reference to Bobby Rydell, a teen idol known for his 1960’s pop and rock singles.

Rydell High is actually three different real Los Angeles high schools. The outside is Venice High School, the interior is Huntington Park High School and the school field was at John Marshall High School.

It took a week to shoot the dance contest scene and originally Sandy was not intended to dance, it was supposed to be just Danny and Cha Cha.

Hair Dye

Jamie Donnelly (who played Jan) was already growing grey hair when she signed onto “Grease.” To play the part of a high schooler, she had to dye her hair dark brown.

Originally, Lorenzo Lamas who played Tom Chisum had black slicked back hair which made him look too much like a T-Bird, he was told to dye his hair a lighter colour, so he was sent to Rodeo Drive to dye his hair blonde.

Travolta wanted his hair dyed blue-black, inspired by Elvis.

Arguments and Illness

There was originally an extra fight scene between Kenickie and Rizzo to explain why she throws the milkshake at him in the diner, but producers decided it was too heavy for the movie, calling it the “Martin Scorsese scene.”

John Travolta argued with Randal Kleiser, the director, over the end of the song “Sandy”. He wanted a close-up of himself instead of the cartoon shot of a hot dog diving into a bun, Kleiser disagreed.

A number of cast members got ill whilst filming the drag race scene, the water was stagnant and dangerous.

The Rydell prom scene was shot during a heat wave in California and several of the extras had to be treated for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.

Grease is the Word

Grease may be the word, but it’s never actually said once in the entire script, only the word ‘greased’ is sung during the song ‘Greased Lightnin’.

Originally Kenickie was supposed to perform ‘Greased Lightnin’, but Travolta fought to sing the number himself and won.

Name Changes

Producers utilised Olivia Newton-John’s popularity by allowing her to keep her Australian accent and changing Sandy’s last name from American ‘Dumbrowski’ to Australian ‘Olsen’.

In the stage version the boy’s group is called the Burger Palace Boys, this was changed to the T-birds for the film.

‘You’re The One That I Want’

The song ‘You’re The One That I Want’ was filmed at a travelling carnival that was only in town for one day, close ups had to be recreated by the set department.

Olivia Newton-John’s leggings were so tight that the zip was broken, she had to be sewn into them.

Not everyone could handle the carnival rides, Eddie Deezen who played Eugene was on a spinning ride after a scene was ended and threw up.

The ‘You’re The One That I Want’ scene only took one afternoon to film.

Trivia

The character of Danny could have been a busboy, the producer Allan Carr also imagined the greaser working at a gas station, singing a song called “Gas Pump Jockey.”

John Travolta started rehearsals for Grease just four days after completing filming for Saturday Night Fever.

It’s reported that the cast chewed their way through 100,000 pieces of bubblegum during the filming.

Originally, Grease was supposed to be an animated film, but the idea was scraped. To honour the idea they kept the opening credit animations.

The ‘Hickey’s from Kenickie’ that Rizzo tries to cover up were real, given by Jeff Conaway who played Kenickie, to make them look more authentic.

Jeff Conaway had a really big crush on Olivia Newton-John and was nervous around her on set, he ended up marrying her sister.

In Mexico and Venezuela, Grease in known as Vaselina.

Because Jeff Conaway was taller than John Travolta, Kenickie was often slouching when filming so that the lead actor of the movie seemed taller.

Cameos and Almost Camoes

When a coca-cola product placement deal fell through during post-production, multiple shots of coca cola products and advertisements had to be digitally removed or blurred out.

The Beach Boys almost made a guest appearance, Allan Carr originally imagined the surf rock quartet performing ‘Greased Lightnin’.

Danny’s blue windbreaker at the beginning of the film was intended as a nod to James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.

John Travolta’s sister, Ellen Travolta, plays a diner waitress with a single line – ‘Oh, there’s Danny and Sandy’ while watching the dance on TV.

The gang that played the famous trio, Sonny, Putzie and Doody, wanted to honour the Three Stooges and so they asked the producers to pay a small tribute prior to the bonfire scene.

Terminator star Michael Biehn makes an appearance in Grease in the scene where Danny and Kenickie put the frog in Patty’s bag.

The Soundtrack

Two number one hit singles came from the Grease soundtrack, “Grease” and ” You’re The One That I Want”.

The title song ‘Grease’ was written by Barry Gibb, sang by Frankie Valli and Peter Frampton played the guitar.

Lots of songs were cut from the final film, however they can be heard in the background of certain shots.

The “Alma Mater/Parody” instrumental from the stage version of Grease can be heard in the office on the last day of school and during the carnival scenes.

Sandy’s solo “Hopelessly Devoted To You” almost didn’t make the cut and was only added after the film was made. The song was nominated for an Oscar.

Reception

Grease was the highest grossing film of 1978.

Olivia Newton-John attended the film premiere in a prom dress and then for the after party, she changed into her second look, a hot pink spandex.

The official premiere after-party was at the famous Studio 54.

Grease won every People’s Choice Award for which it was nominated – Favourite Motion Picture Actress (Olivia Newton-John), Favourite Motion Picture Supporting Actress (Stockard Channing), Favourite Musical Motion Picture, and Favourite Overall Motion Picture.

Sequels and The Musical

Producers originally wanted to create 3 movies and a TV series but when the first sequel, Grease 2, flopped with $15 million at the box office the other movies were cancelled.

There was a planned sequel called Summer School which was completely different from Grease 2.

Didi Conn was the only one of the Pink Ladies and T-Birds to make an appearance in Grease 2.

Grease the musical is still a successful show and you can still get tickets to see it.

Reunions

Travolta and Newton-John reunited in 1983 for the romantic comedy Two of a Kind. 

They also released a duet Christmas album in 2012, called This Christmas.

There is a crazy fan theory that suggests that the entire musical is actually Sandy’s journey to the afterlife, the story goes that she died when she drowned at the beach and the car is taking them to heaven at the end. Make of that what you will.

The Grease Room At The Arthouse

At the Arthouse Hotel we know that Grease is a classic that should be celebrated.

Our unique Grease-inspired room has been designed as a tribute to the hit 1978 musical, with Sandy and Danny immortalised on the ceiling.

Relax in style, as our Grease room features a large screen TV, kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath.

Sleeping up to 6 people, our stunning room is the perfect way to stay in Liverpool city centre, as we’re closely located to the city’s finest restaurants, bars, shops and attractions.

We also offer our guests a whole host of amazing offers and packages, that are sure to make your stay even better! Check out our website to see if there’s something for you.

There’s nothing left for you to do but book a stay with us by calling our friendly booking team on 0151 541 9999.