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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Alternative Places to Watch Movies in Liverpool from Arthouse Hotel

Being Liverpool’s latest movie themed hotel, we feel it’s only right to share with our guests some of the best places to watch movies in Liverpool outside of the cinema.

Forget pricey tickets, uniform seating and less than impressive snacks and drinks, we’ve unearthed a chic way to watch your favourite old school movies and we’re sharing them with you.

Baltic Market

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Not just the best place to sample amazing examples of Liverpool’s independent street food and drink offerings, Baltic Market is Liverpool’s newest social space encompassing everything that makes us happy.

This, of course, includes screenings of our favourite cult movie classics.

You’ll have to keep your peepers peeled on social media outlets to catch the latest screening schedules but when it’s on its worth it just for the funky vibes, relaxed atmosphere and delicious food.

Secret Garden

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The same organisers that brought us cult cinema nights at Baltic Market also put together the occasional outdoor film feast in undisclosed urban gardens across the city.

The latest schedules in Calderstones Park include the iconic Audrey Hepburn flick Breakfast at Tiffany’s and When Harry Met Sally, a film made famous by that one scene . . . you know the one.

Catch both movies out in the open under the stars, with a drink in hand and some live entertainment to set the mood.

Café Tabac

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Situated at the top of Liverpool’s favourite independent district is Café Tabac. A moody dimly lit bar/café that serves delicious coffee tasty food and tantalising cocktails.

Hidden in the back of this trendy little establishment is an intimate cinema room that welcomes a small audience every Monday.

Often Café Tabac will schedule their screenings to coincide with memorable movie anniversaries for classic films like the Labyrinth or simply pick out a random yet popular movie like 1984.

It’s luck of the draw really but worth a visit for an alternative movie experience in Liverpool.

FACT

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Close enough to Arthouse you could hit it with a stone, but don’t, it’s FACT.

A venue in Liverpool dedicated to art and creative technology is bound to showcase some of the best blockbusting movies but every now and then a true movie marvel will pop up on their schedules such as magical musical movies like Singin’ In The Rain, The Sound of Music or An American in Paris.

These alongside cult movies, documentaries and cinematic art installations make FACT the place to watch movies in Liverpool that are a little out of the ordinary.

Anglican Cathedral

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Lately, Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral has turned its hand into hosting some superb social events. The latest is a list of movies that we all know and love being screened inside the cavernous interior of one of Liverpool’s most magnificent landmarks.

Where better to relive the movie mastery of The Goonies or the magical wonderland of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (the original) than Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral with it towering stained glass windows and ancient interior décor.

Arthouse Movie Themed Accommodation

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Get the gang together and watch movies in Liverpool in any of these alternative venues.

Not only will you enjoy watching a classic or cult movie but you and your friends will get to experience some of Liverpool’s most exciting venues from a different perspective.

Arthouse Hotel is located within walking distance of all these spectacular spaces and our unique luxury group accommodation is ideal for movie lovers.

Each unique and luxurious hotel room has its own individual theme inspired by a classic, cult or musical movie.

For bookings and enquiries about our amazing accommodation offers please call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk make your night at the movies the whole package with an alternative movie screening topped off with a stay in a marvellous movie themed hotel room at Arthouse Hotel.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

A Magical Weekend Stay at Our Movie Themed Hotel in Liverpool

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of film at the Arthouse with a weekend stay at our movie themed hotel in Liverpool.

If you’re a film fanatic, or maybe you know someone who is, the Arthouse Hotel is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, enjoy a great night out in the city or just sit back and relax with a classic movie in stunning surroundings.

Each room in our unique hotel is themed around a classic film, director or icon, making it a hotel like no other.

Take a walk down the yellow brick road and book a weekend stay to remember at our magical hotel.

Weekend Stay at our Movie Themed Hotel

The Rooms

At Arthouse Hotel, there are three fabulous floors each designed with a movie themed concept in mind, from musicals to thrillers, there’s something for everyone.

The first floor is for iconic musical movies such as Grease, Mary Poppins and Chicago, delve into the glorious world of the T-birds and Pink Lady’s at Rydell High or test out your tap dancing with Bert and Mary.

On the next floor you enter a haven for horror fans, with rooms based around Hitchcock’s thrillers Vertigo, The Birds, Suspicion and many more.

Finally, the third-floor rooms are inspired by the iconic master of mixed media, Andy Warhol. Not instantly known for his movie making skills, Warhol’s movies were controversial of course, which gave them their underground appeal.

Whether you enjoy a musical singalong, a thrilling horror or something a little more provocative, Arthouse Hotel has the room for you.

Magical Musicals

Are you fan of classic musicals? Well we are sure to have a room that suits you down to the ground.

From beautiful tributes to the amazing Sound of Music, to suites dedicated to Grease, the classic Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady and the magical technicolour Wizard of Oz, our hotel has music running through its veins.

Perhaps you like a bit of razzle dazzle, our beautiful Chicago themed room will have you feeling as glamorous as the notorious Roxie Hart, or why not transport yourself into one of the greatest musicals of all time, the stunning Phantom of the Opera.

Our magical musical suites will have you tap dancing down the hallways.

Beatles Mania

Yellow Submarine room at The Arthouse Hotel Liverpool

It wouldn’t be a themed hotel in Liverpool without a nod to the fab four, so it felt only right to dedicate one suite to John Lennon and one to the animated musical comedy Yellow Submarine.

Inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic Menlove Ave. album cover, the spectacular Lennon room encapsulates the creativity of Warhol that the world fell in love with.

Be transported to the infamous yellow submarine and recall the story of The Beatles’ submarine journey as they travel to save “Pepperland” and its Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band from the Blue Meanies.

For Horror Fans

The perfect hotel for fans of classic horror films, at the Arthouse we have a whole floor dedicated to ‘The Master of Suspense’, Alfred Hitchcock.

From rooms focused around the infamous Notorious to a stunning tribute to The Birds, you’re sure to have a frightful night.

Maybe less of a stereotypical horror film, the Rocky Horror Show room echoes the extravagance and darkness of the iconic movie.

Our fantastic room invites up to six guests to step into a time warp, to celebrate the brilliance of this musical, comedy and horror film directed by Jim Sharman.

Wonderful Warhol

Last but certainly not least are the glamorous and colourful Andy Warhol rooms.

You will find an entire floor dedicated to this legendary pop artist, with suites based on his famous films Chelsea Girls, Empire and Kiss, a special homage to his famous ‘15 minutes of fame‘ quote and rooms that showcase the stunning pop art collection including the Marilyn portraits and the Mona Lisa.

Weekends at the Arthouse

Whether you fancy a trip down the Yellow Brick Road or a visit to the wacky world of Rocky Horror, there’s truly something for everyone at Arthouse Hotel.

Rich crushed velvet covers and intricate interior make a stay at Arthouse Hotel truly something else. Our rooms feature deluxe interior features, luxury beds and glistening whirlpool baths.

Perfect for a weekend stay in Liverpool with the girls or a getaway with the lads, the layout of our hotel rooms offers sociable and spacious group accommodation.

Have an Ultimate Friday in Liverpool

Celebrate the weekend in style with your girls or boys on a Friday night you’ll remember forever.

Enjoy a luxury overnight stay in one of our fabulous themed suites, a delicious breakfast in the morning and two-course dinner.

If you’re heading on a night out, you can choose between a booth in either Bar Signature or Noctua with £25pp, with added extras including pampering and party bonuses.

This fun Friday offer is just £99 per person, with a minimum of four guests.

Stay and Play

Enjoy the amazing movie themed surroundings as you tuck into a wide range of freshly cooked pizzas and jumbo hot dogs or for something different, why not test your skill at table tennis?

For weekend stays this offer is £20pp for Fridays and £35pp on Saturdays.

The Perfect Location

Arthouse Hotel is tucked away behind the best bars and restaurants in Liverpool. You’ll be right in the heart of the city, with just the right amount of quiet.

Everything you could wish for is right on your doorstep, from leading nightlife spot Seel Street to independent shopping and dining hub Bold Street.

Many of the most famous landmarks in Liverpool are only a short walk from Arthouse Hotel, so you can explore everything from the Anglican Cathedral to the infamous St Luke’s ‘Bombed Out’ Church.

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