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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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The Best Prom Scenes from the Best Prom Movies

As it’s prom season, and we love a good prom almost as much as a good movie, we thought we’d combine our two favourite things, creating a list of the best prom scenes from the very best prom based movies.

Everything from horror and fashion fails, to important messages and personal breakthrough moments, we’ve covered it all.

Carrie – The Blood Prom Scene

We had to start our list off with a truly terrifying, yet utterly unforgettable prom scene. This is the one from horror movie epic, Carrie.

After being crowned Prom queen in a cruel prank, Carrie gets soaked in pigs’ blood on stage.

Her rage makes her believe the entire school hall has erupted with laughter and Carrie snaps. Using her telekinesis to lock all the exits to the hall, trapping the pranksters and the rest of the school inside, she kills every one.

American Pie – Jim’s Monologue Prom Scene

After spending an entire movie trying to have sex, the gang from American Pie are at a pivotal moment at prom. Realising that the stress and pressure they’ve put on themselves just wasn’t worth it.

“You know what, I am so sick and tired of all this bullsh*t pressure. I mean, I haven’t even had sex and already, I can’t stand it. I hate sex! I’m not gonna stand around here busting my balls over something that….quite frankly isn’t that damn important. Now I’m gonna go hang out with that geek over there because at least SHE has something else to talk about BESIDES SEX. Goddamn!” JIM GOLDSTEIN.

And we know how the rest goes. Jim marries “that geek” and they live happily ever after.

She’s All That – The Best Routine Prom Scene

Apart from the sickening storyline of She’s All That, the prom scene featuring baby Usher and a really lil, Lil Kim is up there with our pick of the very best prom scenes ever.

The reason for the appearance of the perfectly choreographed routine was simply a case of the director’s love of dance, and the producer having a brother who just happened to be a choreographer.

It’s not what you know but who, right?

Back to the Future – Inventing Rock and Roll Prom Scene

After travelling back in time to his mother and fathers high school years, Marty McFly takes the opportunity to wow the crowds by inventing rock n’ roll in Back to The Future.

Of course, another memorable, yet disturbing moment from this movie is the stomach-wrenching moment when Marty’s mom comes onto her future son, kissing him after a few cheeky drinks.

Eeeeew!

Twilight – Love Behind the Scenes Prom Scene

Perhaps one of the most glamourous prom scenes in movie history, Twilight has it all. Beautiful vampires, moody music, overly passionate discussions of darkness and death.

The best thing we discovered about the prom scene in Twilight though, is what happened behind the scenes.

“It was the end of the shoot, and we were all so close and not wanting to go home yet. That’s the one scene I look at and always start crying,” Kristen explains. “And I’m not a bit embarrassed about it.”

Remember when R-Pat and K-Stew were once a thing, for real, well at the time she was asked which scene was her favourite from the movie franchise, she chose the prom scene.

For various mushy reasons of course.

10 Things I Hate About You – Sucker Punch Prom Scene

An insanely complex plot for a teen movie, based on the Shakespearean play The Taming of the Shrew, with a fantastic prom scene that showcases a little female empowerment.

After a lot of big reveals, the instigator who hurt so many people throughout the whole movie gets his comeuppance, receiving two punches to the nose and a kick to the groin as punishment for his indiscretions.

Never Been Kissed – Dog Food Queens Prom Scene

After being cruelly tricked at her own prom, Josie “Grossy” Geller gets a chance to live the perfect prom all over again in Never Been Kissed. 

All is going well until she sees another girl about to become the butt of a cruel joke.

In a stroke of conscience, Josie foils the prank and three “prettiest girls” in school are showered in dog food.

Jaw Breaker – The Meltdown Prom Scene

After a birthday prank between three cliquey friends goes wrong with one of them ending up dead, a spiral of lies and deceit unfolds with Courtney (Rose McGowan) as the ringleader.

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This is All American high school movie has a disturbing dark side that culminates in one of the most amazing prom scenes of all time.

Courtney and her accomplices are discovered and her meltdown at prom is what put Jawbreaker on our list.

Grease – Cha-Cha Steals the Prom Scene

The main characters from Grease may be the ones we all remember but the prom scene that stands out among our list is when sassy dancer Cha-Cha busts out the moves with old partner Danny Zucko.

Poor Sandy, we know but, she really is the “best dancer at St Bernadette’s” even if she does have “the worse reputation”.

Teen Wolf – Fight Prom Scene

Another moment when the bad guy gets a walloping makes Teen Wolf one of the best movies with the best prom scene.

Let’s face it Michael J. Fox is a prom, scene-stealing King.

Napoleon Dynamite – So Wrong Its Right Prom Scene

We love Napoleon Dynamite for its cringe-worthy awkwardness, that’s why we’d expect nothing less than the hardest to watch prom scene ever to come out of this movie.

From stiff as a board dance moves, lingering too long looks in the eyes and some of the gaudiest fashion choices ever made on film, this prom scene is so wrong its just right.

Pretty in Pink – That Dress Prom Scene

Fashion fails are our favourite, and one that tops the list is the ghastly Pretty in Pink ensemble that aspiring “fashion designer” Andie creates for prom.

This dress truly does steal the entire prom scene, regardless of which ending writers went with (there were two) it’s not the storyline of the movie but that dress that audiences will remember forever.

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion – Threesome Dance Prom Scene

Following a miserable time in high school and a largely unsuccessful few years after, Romy and Michelle are determined to turn their high school dance memories around.

Their plot backfires, of course, until they are saved by an equally geeky guy who happens to have become a billionaire.

Their three-way dance is the stuff of legend and, although technically not a prom scene, there are high school alumni present so we’re going to include it.

Prom Night – Jamie Lee Saves the Day Prom Scene

Not the only thing that we love from the original Prom Night (check out Jamie Lee’s dance moves)

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But without a doubt, one of the greatest prom scenes of all time is when Jamie Lee Curtis, the first lady of slasher movies, takes out the bad guy with an axe to the face.

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Footloose – The Final Dance Scene

After arriving in the sleepy town of Bomont Utah, Ren McCormack played by Kevin Bacon, discovers music and dancing have been banned. A decision made after a town authority’s son died in a car crash, coming home from a night of dancing.

The final dance of the film at senior prom is a culmination of all the storylines, showing the joy dancing can bring to both the young and old.

Plus, we simply adore Bacon’s moves throughout this entire movie.

Mean Girls – Crown Breaking Scene

Straying away from the silly and scary, we’ve picked the prom scene from Mean Girls because of its inclusive and moving crowning moment.

When Cady is crowned Prom Queen but instead of taking the crown for herself, she breaks it into pieces and shares it amongst the crowd.

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A gesture that demonstrated her personal growth and acceptance of self. A touching moment indeed.

Lady Bird – Best Friend Date Prom Scene

An amazing coming of age movie, Lady Bird highlights the struggles a young girl faces, trying to escape the confines of the small town she’s grown up in.

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After working her way through the usual “hot boy” suspects for potential prom dates, Lady Bird realises it’s her best friend who she’d like to mark the special occasion with.

The two-attend prom together and dance . . . and then we cry.

Not Another Teen Movie – Another Routine Prom Scene

Who knew there were so many prom scenes that involved perfectly choreographed dance routines?

This one, a spoof of all the top teen movies of our time, wraps things up with a montage song of all the characters getting ready to go to prom.

High School Musical 3 – Zac Efron’s Crotch Prom Scene

More dancing but this time its not the carefully choreographed routine that caught our eye.

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It’s the sight of heartthrob Zac Efron, thrusting his crotch at the camera every given moment.

Down Boy! You’re still in high school!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Hilary Swank Gets Knocked Out Prom Scene

Okay so technically not a prom, but the “last dance of their last year” turns into a blood bath when several seniors turn Vampire and crash the party.

We love how, after the Vampires have their way and Buffy returns for the big climax and one of the cliquey girls, played by Hilary Swank, is knocked out by the principal.

As Prom season approaches, we encourage you to enjoy every moment and make the most of the simpler years of your life. Things only get harder from here on in, as these top prom scenes show, it’s not all plain sailing after high school and college either.

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Each one has its own unique movie theme and plenty of space to party the night away prom night style.

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The Oscars 2019: Who Should Have Hosted

For the Oscars 2019, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is doing something that they haven’t done in 30 years. Yep, that’s right – the 91st Annual Academy Awards will have no host at all after Kevin Hart stepped down from the role when homophobic statements resurfaced on Twitter. Rightly so, the Academy delivered an ultimatum asking for him to apologise, but Hart has since completely pulled out of the job.

It seems the Academy has given up on the search for a new celeb to fill the post entirely and instead it is reported that the organisation will bring in various stars to pepper throughout the evening at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Producers have six weeks to compile a star-studded show of laughs, celebrations and awards – but we reckon we’ve got that no-host-conundrum covered. Kind of.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

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One of Hollywood’s most beloved couples, John and Chrissy have somehow remained down to earth, hilarious and downright lovable despite them residing in the basically parallel universe that is La La Land.

Chrissy would probably just end up stealing the show, and if her Twitter feed is anything to go by she’d have no fear in dishing the dirt on her beloved as well as her fellow A-listers.

Will Smith

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Why didn’t this happen sooner? We want answers! Will is endearing, radiates charisma and he’s so charming that it kind of hurts a bit. We’ve never met someone who wasn’t a fan. The Fresh Prince can sing, dance and act – he’s got it all.

Someone should probably look into the fact that it’s biologically impossible to dislike Will Smith.

Rihanna

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To be honest she might as well considering she’s basically doing everything but giving us an album release.

Seriously though. Rihanna would be a great contender to host the Oscars 2019 and she’s no stranger to Hollywood especially after her role in Ocean’s 8.

Cher

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Because, well, it’s Cher.

Idris Elba

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After sending James Bond fans into a bit of a frenzy after taking his Golden Globes selfie with Daniel Craig, Idris made very little effort to try and quash rumours that he was to be the next 007.

Not only is he a great actor, but he’s very clearly a bit of a joker. Sigh, we love you Idris. The Oscars needs some of that smooth talking, funny, talented handsome-ness.

He’s also a DJ, so they’d be sorted for the afterparty. It’s a no brainer.

Sandra Bullock

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Sandra’s had a bit of a second wind and unwittingly has become a bit of a meme-queen after the success of Netflix hit Bird Box.

So, we’re basically saying if she could do the whole thing blindfolded that would be great. A huge health and safety issue but we’re pretty sure they’ll figure something out.

Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig

These two make up one of the most iconic best-bud duos in Hollywood. Kristen and Maya are goofy, sharp, witty and an all-around lovable pair. Their irreverence and mischievous nature are infectious – and when they break into fits of laughter mid-bit it’s even better.

We think these two would bring welcome relief from some of the more serious (and sometimes laborious) tones of the evening.

RuPaul & Co.

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Imagine this. Michelle Visage tells Ian McKellen he needs to cinch his waist, otherwise, he’s just resting on pretty. Margot Robbie dressed as Queen Elizabeth serves us some “ooh ah sensation” as she death drops on her way to accepting her Oscar. Ru has made a decision. Olivia Coleman and Helen Mirren are to lip-sync for their lives.

This is the Oscars we deserve.

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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.