Then when everyone’s all wrinkled up like a prune, it’s time to pop on down to their pizza feast, where they can eat endless amounts of pizza, sing along to all their favourite movie tunes and even sit on the hands of a giant gorilla.
The Skyline Suites is the perfect kid’s party venue in Liverpool, providing your little people with some privacy during their party and you somewhere adult to sit. Choose from the in-room bar or sun-soaked balconies overlooking the city.
Book the kids a party that’s sure to make a splash, at Arthouse Hotel with our Dive in Movie offer just £59 per person.
Not Another Teen Party
That’s right we’ve even got something for the teens and tweens out there, who are looking for the perfect big kid’s party venue in Liverpool.
We’ve arranged an amazing pamper hamper to give your teens the tools for a private pampering session in their room. Let them get their selfie-ready hair do’s done or perform marvellous makeovers on each other ideal for some superb slumber party style snap shots.
All the best party décor, with big birthday balloons, banners and sweet treats will be set up and waiting on check-in. Ideal for the best Instagram stories.
Let them spend a fun night in one of our movie-themed suites, watching the latest chick flicks, dancing or listening to tunes, or they can explore the nearby shops, restaurants and cinema in Liverpool ONE.
This amazing big kids party venue in Liverpool is perfect for teen pamper parties and is just £55 per person.
A Little Princess Party
We’ve created a party package for the perfect little princess’ in your life, to help her celebrate a special occasion like royalty.
Starting with the ideal party venue, let your princess choose from any of our marvellous musical movie themed suites, from Mary Poppins to The Wizard of Oz.
We’ll set the scene and make everything magical right down to the last details.
Jim’s dad, what a guy. Always ready to take on every parenting situation with gusto and a sage bit of advice.
In the first American Pie, Jim listens to his dad’s life experiences cringing but, by the end of the franchise he realises his dad’s wise words have helped shape who he is, and it’s all “perfectly normal”.
Our favourite daddy movie moment: When big Forest learns little Forest is his son and the first thing he asks is “Is he smart?”. Pass us the tissues.
Sonny – Big Daddy
Another Sandler special now, this time with fewer tears and more laughs. A real feel-good film, Big Daddy watches one man become a responsible father against all the odds.
Raising 5-year-old orphan, Julian, as his own, Sandler imparts all his wisdom and some of his worst habits onto the child. Along the way turning his, and Julian’s lives around.
Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Sandler teaches the kid how to apply a sleeper hold.
Essential parenting 101 if you ask us
Marlin – Finding Nemo
It’s not every father that would take on three sharks, ride sea turtles, swim through an army of jellyfish and get swallowed by a whale to find their son, but it didn’t stop Marlin.
This Pixar sensation showcases the struggles every parent faces when it comes to safeguarding their kids.
Our favourite daddy movie moment: Marlin’s desperation to tell Nemo how old sea turtles are whilst stuck inside a whale.
George Banks – Mary Poppins
Now we know George Banks in Mary Poppins isn’t the most popular father figure, but he’s got a few things going for him.
He obviously provides well for his family, I mean check out that swanky London manor house on Cherry Tree Lane, and of course he loves to fly a kite, what more could you need from your dad?
Our favourite daddy movie moment: Convincing himself, and his wife, that he successfully hired the greatest a nanny of all time when in actual fact Mary Poppins simply hired herself.
Brad – Daddy’s Home
Stepparents usually get a bad rep in movies, but Daddy’s Home turns all that around, making Brad (Will Ferrell) the responsible, “boring” stepdad the hero in the end.
Trying to live up to his wife’s ex, played by Mark Walberg to win the kids approval, Brad falls hard and often with some hilarious consequences.
Our favourite daddy movie moment: The motorcycle scene where Ferrell almost runs over the kids, ends up lodged in a wall and Wahlberg uses it the whole thing as a teachable moment.
Bernie Focker – Meet the Fockers
The sequel to Meet the Parents introduces us to Greg’s parents and we simply adore Bernie Focker as a father.
Believing in showering his son with as much love as possible, Bernie is the total opposite to Pam’s father Jack and we couldn’t love him more for it.
Our favourite daddy movie moment: Trying to up his macho, for Greg’s sake, Bernie tackles Jack in a family football game almost breaking his back. The victory dance is what really makes this scene pop.
Nigel Powers – Austin Powers: Gold Member
Michael Cane really is the daddy of all British actors and, when he made an appearance as Powers’ dad, Nigel in Gold Member, we were ready for some cinematic gold.
Throughout the film, the daddy movie moments come in thick and fast, from Austin’s obvious rivalry with his dashing dad to the cockney rhyming convo the pair have during Nigel’s rescue.
Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Nigel reveals he is also Dr Evil’s father and that his real name is Douggie.
Georg von Trapp – Sound Of Music
Another pretty poor example of a father figure makes an appearance in Sound of Music, and if we’re honest we feel for the Von Trapp children and their sad excuse for childhoods.
The turnaround Georg Von Trapp makes from being, Cpt to father is astonishing, and all of it done with the help of a song and a wonderful woman.
Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Cpt von Trapp picks up his guitar and belts out a heartfelt rendition of Edelweiss.
Don Corleone – The Godfather
The head of the family, the daddy of all daddy’s, Don Corleone has the final spot on our best daddy movie moments.
And why not he certainly earned it, building himself a criminal empire and inspiring fear in those he commanded he’s also responsible for some of the greatest daddy movie lines of all time.
Without a doubt some of the best news of 2019, James Corden took to social media today to announce that Gavin and Stacey will be returning with a long-awaited Christmas special!
Gavin and Stacey Quotes and Moments
The cosy British sitcom is one of our favourite feel-good shows, and to celebrate its upcoming return, we thought we’d take a look back at 15 memorable Gavin and Stacey quotes and hilarious moments.
1) “I have had some wines”
From her witty one-liners to bickering with Mick, Pam is one of the best characters in Gavin and Stacey. And when it comes to drinking wine, we can definitely relate. She wasn’t drunk, drunk. Just had some wines…
2) The OG Carpool Karaoke
Long before The Late Late Show brought the world carpool karaoke, James Corden took to the road as Smithy to belt out one of our favourite Christmas songs. This memorable Gavin and Stacey moment never fails to put a smile on our faces. Fingers crossed the next Gavin and Stacey Christmas special is just as good!
3) The Indian Takeway Dilemma
A scene that perfectly captures a British night in, we’ll never get tired of Smithy’s frustrations while ordering an Indian takeaway. Chicken bhuana, lamb bhuana, prawn bhuana, mushroom rice, bag of chips, keema naan and nine poppadums…
“What is it about a group of people orderin’ an Indian or Chinese, that it’s somehow unexpectable to eat your own food that you order yourself?”.
4) Islands in the Stream
A scene that needs little introduction, never forget this iconic performance of Islands in the Stream. Is there a better duo than Nessa and Bryn? We don’t think so.
5) Mick’s Big TV appearance
A hilarious anti-climax and one of our favourite Gavin and Stacey quotes is from Mick’s appearance on TV. The Shipmans had popped open a bottle and invited round the neighbours for the big occasion…but it wasn’t quite what they’d been hoping for.
“It’s the last thing you expect to find when you come to work in the morning.”
6) Bryn Singing James Blunt
Goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend…
7) Nessa as Father Christmas
Nessa as Father Christmas is another of our favourite Gavin and Stacey quotes and moments. Quick to shatter any dreams of luxury Christmas gifts, we’re sure the children of Barry are still recovering now.
“Oh. Oh. Oh.”
8) Smithy Being Dramatic
It’s safe to say that when it comes to drama, Smithy is the expert. From being heartbroken by Gavin’s honeymoon, to this memorable moment, Smithy was never one to look on the bright side…
9) Pam Getting Caught Out
After a panicking Pam pretended she was vegetarian, she found the lie very hard to keep up. One of our favourite Gavin and Stacey moments is Pam getting caught eating ham…to nobody’s surprise!
10) Smithy’s Big Entrance
Always one to make an entrance, another of the most memorable Gavin and Stacey moments is Smithy’s big entrance with his football chant. So good that even Mick and Pam join in!
11) Nessa and Smithy’s ‘Moment’
The unconventional love story of Nessa and Smithy is something we’re hoping will feature in this year’s Gavin and Stacey Christmas special. This adorably awkward ‘moment’ is one of our favourite scenes, and a testament to just how well James Corden and Ruth work together.
12) Smithy’s Wedding ‘Toast’
One of the best (and worst) wedding speeches to ever grace our TV screens. “I’d like to raise a toast“…*weeps on table*
13) Bryn’s Holiday T-Shirt
A prime example of why Uncle Bryn is so lovable. This well-rehearsed joke had “mixed reviews”.
14) Gavin Surprising Stacey
Back to where it all began with this heartwarming scene from the first episode of Gavin and Stacey. If Gavin hadn’t followed Stacey all the way back to Barry, where would we be now?
15) Pam Loving the Drama
Another relatable Pam moment and one of the most quoted Gavin and Stacey quotes. It’s safe to say that we’re this excited for the upcoming Gavin and Stacey Christmas special!
The movie Psycho is regularly voted among the most innovative, acclaimed and scariest movies ever made. Celebrating its 60th anniversary next year, Psycho is a tale of paranoia, voyeurism, violence and, of course, parental influences.
That said, here at Arthouse Hotel we love Psycho, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire suite to the immortal horror movie.
We’ve done our research, scared ourselves stupid, and started showering less and less and found 13 frightening facts about the movie Psycho.
1. Customary Cameos
Source: Wikimedia Commons
The Master of suspense was famous for making cameos in each of his movies, and Psycho was no exception.
Six minutes into the movie Psycho, the distinguished director can be seen wearing a white Stetson as Janet Leigh walks by.
That bathroom scene is one of the most famous and shocking scenes in cinema history. And yet, it was the lavatory that was making most of the headlines in 1960.
Strangely, Psycho was the first American movie to show a toilet on screen – and the first in which we hear a toilet being flushed.
That just shows how repressed America was back in the 50s and 60s.
3. Hitchcock Financed The Film
To say Paramount had cold feet regarding the movie is an understatement. And so, in order for Psycho to be made, Hitchcock financed the film and forgo his rather substantial director’s fee in exchange for 60% ownership.
Paramount’s loss was Hitchcock’s gain however, as Psycho earned over $32,000,000 on release – that’s $273,450,884.35 in today’s money.
Perhaps inspired when Mike and Sully were banished to the Himalayas, or maybe he’d popped in on one of the children to make them laugh at some time. Either way there is a wooden carving of Mike Wazowski on Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post (and Sauna) counter in Frozen.
Another amazing Disney movie film adaption Dumbo has arrived on our screens recently but see if you can spot the bubble blowing pachyderm in Basil the Great Mouse detective as the mice snoop around the London toy store.
See if you can spot Mickey, Donald and Goofy in the audience when King Triton enters the underwater concert room. The three of them are standing there under the sea, no scuba gear and just waiting for the show to start.
And lastly, it seems that even in San Fran Sokyo Hans is a hated and wanted individual as his picture appears in a wanted poster in the police station of Big Hero 6.
“There is a place like no place on earth. A land full of wonder, mystery and danger! Some say, to survive it you need to be mad as a hatter. Which luckily I am”
Time to tumble down the rabbit hole and follow the White Rabbit all the way to Mulholland Singing Diner, where he’ll be joining a colourful cast of Wonderland characters at the Madhatters Afternoon Tea Party.
You’ve Not Gone Mad . . . Yet
At Mulholland Singing Diner we’re turning our world topsy, turvy for an amazing afternoon tea party hosted by our very own Madhatter.
Enter an enchanting venue, where a world of wonders awaits and bring the whole family together. There’s room for everyone.
We’re inviting you all in to be as mad as you like, whilst enjoying the company of the Hatter and all his friends. There’ll be fun themed games and the chance to enjoy all the best bits of Wonderland, in one whacky afternoon of interactive activities.
Best of all your ticket to this extraordinary tea party includes a selection of specially made sandwiches, crazy cakes and perfect little pastries and of course plenty of tea.
Prices start at just £14.95 per child and £24.95 per adult plus booking fees.
Other exciting regular events hosted at Mulholland Singing Diner include our spectacular Disney Sunday Brunch and a Dirty Dancing Bottomless Brunch. Both of which use the magic of the movies as inspiration for amazing Liverpool events hosted in the city’s first singing diner.
We all love to escape to the movies, and you can too, live and in person, at Mulholland Singing Diner.
Check out some of our amazing Liverpool hotel offers, built for the whole family to stay the night in Arthouse Hotel. Book yourselves seats at the greatest afternoon tea party for kids in Liverpool coming to Mulholland Singing Diner soon and enjoy some quality time together celebrating some of the greatest movies of our time
Call 0151 236 0166 for bookings or email email@example.com for more details on the up and coming events.
Andy Warhol predicted the 21st Century media landscape, namely throwaway celebrities and Instagram – in the 1950s he exclaimed: ‘A picture means I know where I was every minute, that’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.’ Interestingly however, this month, some of Andy Warhol’s pictures are being displayed on the social media app he seemingly foresaw.
During the next two weeks, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts are displaying a whole host of Andy Warhol’s pictures that seemingly document his life; a massive amount of 130,000 photographic negatives exist of the pop art extraordinaire.
So, we thought we’d show you some of the most intimate photos of Andy Warhol that have been shared on Instagram thus far.
The introductory photo uploaded by the foundation is arguably the best. This intimate image was captured in August 1979, with Andy Warhol opening his presents at his birthday party at Halston’s in Manhattan.
Warhol’s helicopter hat is a particular highlight as he looks engrossed in the book he is flicking through. Indeed, the woman dressed as a nurse surrounded by champagne in the background, epitomises the indulgent aesthetic of the 1970s.
Some of Andy Warhol’s pictures show him to be a New York Yankees fan, and this snap taken in July 1982 at Fire Island is no different. Here, Warhol looks straight down the camera as he looks to escape the Long Island sun.
Recognised as one of the most influential avant-garde filmmakers of his generation, a lot of Andy Warhol’s pictures see him holding a video camera. He once went as far as to say that, ‘when I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.’
Here, he’s captured holding a video camera at a restaurant in the summer of 1984. Wearing his signature black jumper, Warhol is immersed in whoever or whatever he is filming.
This picture is simply stunning. From his miserable expression to the word ‘experimental’ that seems to underline his face, this photograph perfectly explains who Andy Warhol was.
Photographed in 1981, this image exudes a boyish charm. Perched inside the cockpit of an airplane, Warhol couldn’t look more unhappy to be having his picture taken if he tried, however, the word ‘experimental’ meant that this polaroid would go on to define him.
Warhol reflected the banality of every day life in his work. This picture of him cleaning a sink, therefore, is extremely interesting.
Look at how the camera and mirror work in tandem to make it seem as though there are three people in the picture. One of the mirror images has even turned his back on the action.
Above everything else, this snapshot shows that Andy Warhol, one of the greatest creative minds the world has ever seen, had to clean the sink every now and then.
Celebrate Some of Andy Warhol’s Pictures at Arthouse Hotel
At Arthouse Hotel, we’ve been inspired by some of Warhol’s most famous creations, and some our most popular rooms celebrate his iconic and ground breaking artwork.
From the Famous For 15 Minutes suite to the Lips room, you can bask in the visual aesthetic of Warhol’s most famous pieces while enjoying the luxurious amenities our hotel has to offer.
Sleeping up to six guests, our Warhol rooms come equipped with large, comfy beds, flat-screen televisions and double whirlpool baths.
Arthouse Hotel is a stones throw away from some of Liverpool’s best bars and restaurants and, with spacious group accommodation, there’s no better place to stay in the city – so book your stay with us here or contact our helpful team on 0151 236 0166.
This summer, why not join us for a weekend away in Liverpool at Arthouse Hotel? Our movie-themed hotel is located in the heart of Liverpool nightlife, perfect for enjoying sunny beer gardens and Seel Street’s top bars and clubs.
To get you in the spirit for a summer stay in Liverpool, we thought we’d celebrate the season with some of the best summer movies of all time!
A Guide to the Best Summer Movies
1) Roman Holiday (1953)
A charming tale of summer romance, Roman Holiday had to be on our list of the best summer movies. Starring Hollywood sweetheart Audrey Hepburn opposite Gregory Peck, this romantic classic saw Hepburn pick up an Academy Award for her performance. The story follows Peck as reporter Joe Bradley and Hepburn as Ann, a royal princess exploring Rome on her own. This stylish summer movie may have been made in the 50s, but it’s safe to say its clever script and leading duo ensure it stands the test of time.
2) Jaws (1975)
Our list of the best summer movies wouldn’t be complete without Steven Spielberg’s most famous thriller, Jaws. Shot along the sandy shores of Martha’s Vineyard, the must-see summer blockbuster of 1975 became the highest-grossing film of all time until the release of Star Wars. The famous story follows a police chief, marine biologist and professional shark hunter as they hunt down New England’s notorious killer shark. Arguably the best bit of all, the spine tingling score compromises of just two alternating notes…duunnn dunnn…duuuunnnn duun.
3) To Catch a Thief (1955)
A sun-kissed Hitchock classic, To Catch a Thief stars the one and only Grace Kelly opposite the iconic Cary Grant. The alluring thriller takes audiences on a journey of suspense and romance alongside the glamorous backdrop of the French Riviera. Without a doubt one of the best summer movies of all time, this slick and stylish Hitchcock gem tells the story of a retired jewel thief setting out to prove his innocence. Another 50s blockbuster that is just as captivating today.
4) Stand By Me (1986)
A coming-of-age comedy by Rob Reiner, Stand By Me brings Stephen King’s novella The Body to life. This heartwarming film showcases the genius of King’s work at its best. Dark, funny and moving, this nostalgic story is a true summer classic. Following the friendship of four boys from a small town in Oregon, viewers are taken on an unforgettable adventure in search of a dead body. With a star-studded cast featuring young River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland, it doesn’t get much better than this 80s hit and its catchy, classic soundtrack.
5) The Parent Trap (1998)
Starring Lindsay Lohan (opposite Lindsay Lohan!) The Parent Trap is a family favourite when it comes the best summer movies of all time. The feel-good film features everything a summer film should do, from camping chaos to lakeside mischief. Telling the story of identical twins Annie and Hallie, this 90s comedy is a heartwarming tale for all ages with plenty of laughs along the way. Not forgetting, we’re a big fan of the soundtrack, which features the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun. It’s safe to say this childhood favourite is one to fondly revisit this summer.
6) Grease (1978)
It goes without saying that Grease is on our list of the best summer movies! The musical comedy starts with summer dreams ripped at the scenes as the holiday romance of Danny and Sandy comes to an end. And though heading back to school is usually a bit of a downer, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John keep the fun alive alongside an all-singing and all-dancing cast. One of the most timeless summer movies ever made, the 50s wardrobe, slicked back hair, infectious cast and unrivalled sountrack ensure that the magic of Grease never goes out of style.
Starring the one and only Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch is another of our favourite summer movies. The dazzling Hollywood classic brought audiences one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, the breezy ‘Marilyn Moment’ on the subway grate. Directed by Billy Wilder, this classic romantic comedy follows the story of a faithful husband tempted by his beautiful neighbour…considering it’s Marilyn Monroe next door, we can’t say we blame him.
We love a frothy, feel-good summer movie as much as the next person…but you can’t go wrong with slasher blockbuster I Know What You Did Last Summer. The hit film has all the makings of the best summer movies; a Fourth of July setting, bonfire on the beach and a wardrobe of adorable 90s outfits. Pair that with a horrifying twist and you’ve got the perfect teen horror film. Not forgetting, the star-studded cast features Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr, Ryan Phillipe and Jennifer Love Hewitt. What more could you wish for?
9) Dirty Dancing (1987)
Have the time of your life this summer as you revisit (or if you’re watching for the first time, where have you been?!) 1980s hit Dirty Dancing. Starring Patrick Swayze opposite Jennifer Grey, this uplifting tale takes viewers back to the summer of 1963, as 17-year old Frances “Baby” Houseman vacations at an upscale resort and meets Johnny Castle, one of the resorts charming dance instructors. Featuring some of the most famous movie scenes ever made, the legacy of Dirty Dancing continues to live on today in stage shows, tribute nights and pop culture. Nobody puts baby in the corner!
10) The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005)
One of the best summer movies of the early 2000s, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants was adapted from the bestselling teen novels by Ann Brashares. The comedy-drama stars a young Blake Lively (pre-Gossip Girl fame!), Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera and Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel. This heartwarming story follows four best friends who go their separate ways over summer. Though they may be apart, the girls stay in touch by sending each other stories of their summers and a secondhand pair of jeans that fits each of the friends. This heartwarming story is one you may need some tissues for!
11) Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Set in the summer of 1983, Call Me By Your Name is a coming-of-age drama based on André Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same title. The hit film saw Timothee Chalamet skyrocket to fame and receive a nomination for Best Actor from the academy. The colourful cinematography and beautiful backdrop of Italian countryside makes this one of the best summer movies we’ve seen in recent years. Call Me By Your Name follows the blossoming romance between a seventeen-year-old student, Elio and his father’s research assistant, Oliver. Prepare to be dazzled by the stunning performances and accompanying soundtrack as you’re swept away by this romantic tale.
12) Mamma Mia (2008)
If you’re getting excited to go on holiday, Mamma Mia is just the movie for you. And with a hit sequel that followed, why not have a Mamma Mia marathon for a night of ABBA hits? With an A-list cast and sun-kissed location, we’re sure you’ll fall head over heels for the film’s lovable characters as they come together for a wedding in the Greek islands. This feel-good film is one of the best summer movies for a sing-song, so dancing queens should definitely give it a watch!
13) The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
Starring a young Matt Damon alongside Jude Law, The Talented Mr Ripley is a psychological thriller following Tom Ripley, a young underachiever posing as a wealthy Princeton student. Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back spoiled playboy Dickie Greenleaf, by Greenleaf’s wealthy father. But this seemingly light story soon takes a dark turn with twists and turns guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat. Not forgetting, this stylish summer movie offers an array of chic summer wardrobe inspiration!
Enjoy a Summer Stay in Liverpool
Arthouse Hotel is a unique themed hotel, situated along dynamic Seel Street. This spectacular spot is inspired by timeless movies and pieces of art from throughout the years.
The perfect location for hosting a party or summer sleepover, Arthouse Hotel is home to spacious rooms and suites featuring fabulous amenities such as the Skyline Suite’s giant Roman bath and scenic outdoor terrace!
Unquestionably one of the world’s most renowned and influential directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock is famous for his unique directorial style that earned him his ‘Master of Suspense’ title and paved the way for Hitchcock’s pioneering evolution of the thriller genre. One of his most famous films was of course The Birds, a disturbing tale of a pristine city woman who comes undone in a rustic northern California seaside town by an onslaught of seemingly unexplained, arbitrary and chaotic attacks of birds.
With shots framed to maximise the feeling of suspense and claustrophobia in his audience, this film has become one of the most eerie and terrifying in Hitchcock’s repertoire.
At Arthouse Hotel we are huge Hitchcock fans, which is why we’ve dedicated many of our rooms to the directing legend and one of the most popular is The Birds room.
To celebrate this classic we’ve decided to delve into the spooky facts and secrets that surround the filming of The Birds.
The title of the film and the plot came from the short story called The Birds written in 1952 by Du Maurier.
Hitchcock Was Inspired By a Spooky Incident He Saw in the Paper
In 1961, Hitchcock read a newspaper article about hordes of dead birds washing up onto the streets in the seaside California town of Capitola and a story about flocks of frenzied, dying birds flying into the windows of homes in Monterey Bay.
Leading Lady Tippi Hedren Had Never Acted Before
Hitchcock spotted her in a TV commercial for a diet drink during NBC’s Today show. He would eventually groom her into one of his classic icy blondes, choosing her clothes, hairstyle, and even her lipstick for her role as Melanie Daniels.
Hedren Met With Executives About a ‘Secret Film’ on Friday the 13th
She had several meetings with executives and an agent, with no one willing to divulge the director or film for which she was being considered. She was finally told it was Hitchcock and met with the director for dinner; they didn’t discuss the film, but rather food, travel and wine.
Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren | Source: Wikicommons
The Film is Full of Suspense But There is no Musical Score
Hitchcock hired his long time musical partner and favourite composer Bernard Herrmann for ‘The Birds,’ but he didn’t write a single piece of music for the film. Instead, Hitchcock wanted him to focus on sounds to make the entire film infinitely creepier by using the chirping and flapping of the birds’ wings just before they attacked.
The Bird Noises Were Made Using Electronic Sound Machines
They were created on the mixtrautonium, an early electronic musical instrument, by Oskar Sala.
The Schoolhouse That Was Used For Filming Was Haunted
Tippi Hedren said the entire cast was spooked to be there, they had a feeling like it was full of people when it was completely empty. When Hitchcock was told about this, he was even more encouraged to film there.
Raw Meat and Fish Were Used to Attract The Birds
The actors often had ground meat or anchovies smeared on their hands and raw meat was hung from the cameras.
Not All of The Feathered Friends Were Real
Hammers with fake bird heads were used to peck through the wooden doors and give the effect of birds breaking through.
The Birds Were Fed a Mixture of Wheat and Whiskey
During filming the crew needed to keep the birds standing and flying for hours, so they were fed this combination to keep them going.
The Birds Were Not Allowed to be Released or Kept as Pets
Ray Berwick was head bird trainer on set and later admitted that the birds were too dangerous to be released after filming had finished as they had been trained to attack.
Live Birds Were Attached to Hedren’s Clothes During Filming
They were attached using long nylon threads so they couldn’t get away. It gave the scene more of a manic feel.
Hedren Really Slaps Doreen Lang who Played Her Hysterical Mother
Hedren was hesitant, having never slapped anyone before, but Lang convinced her to do it.
The Post-Attack Makeup Was Too Horrifying for Hedren
She looked at herself in a mirror and had to go outside to throw up!
The Leading Lady was actually cut in the face by a bird in one of the shots
On the last day of shooting, a bird clawed Hedren’s face just below her eye, and she broke down in tears.
One Scene Took Seven Days To Shoot
The intense scene where Hedren’s character is attacked in the attic was filmed over seven long days, even though it only runs about a minute on screen. Hedren has spoken often about how hard the harrowing scene was to film, Hitchcock insisted on having real trained gulls attack her.
Following This Scene Hedren Was Admitted to Hospital for a Week
She said it was the worst week of her life and took a physical and emotional toll on her well-being.
Hitchcock Was Known For Playing Sick Practical Jokes
Hedren’s daughter Melanie Griffith was given a present by Alfred Hitchcock during the filming, it was an eerily accurate doll of her mother wearing a dress from The Birds and lying in a miniature coffin.
Hitchcock Had A Trick Up His Sleeve For When The Film Was Over
When audiences left the film’s UK premiere at the Odeon in Leicester Square, London, they were greeted by the sound of screeching and flapping birds from loudspeakers hidden in the trees to scare them further.
The Birds Created an Unending Terror for the Audience
The film does not finish with the usual “THE END” title because Alfred Hitchcock didn’t want the horror to end once the film was over.
Something Spooky Happened To Daphne Du Maurier’s Son
In May 2001, Du Maurier’s son reported that he and his wife were being terrorised by seagulls nesting outside their cottage in Cornwall, England.
It Was Voted the Seventh Scariest Film of All Time
In a poll carried out on the British public by Channel 5 and “The Times” in 2006.
The Birds Themed Hotel Room
If you’re a Hitchcock fan, why not book a stay in one of our eight different themed rooms, on a floor that is dedicated to this iconic director.
Sleeping between four and six guests, indulge in the luxury of a bygone era of cinema in our fabulously opulent hotel room dedicated to The Birds.
The Birds room at Arthouse Hotel is dark and decadent, transporting you into the mind of one of the world’s greatest filmmakers with a glorious image from the film, crushed velvet fixtures and luxurious unique features.
Arthouse Hotel is in a perfect location in the heart of Liverpool’s centre and just minutes walk to the vibrant and ever-growing nightlife. There is no better place for group accommodation that the Arthouse Hotel, especially if you love classic movies of the silver screen.
For some, high school (or secondary school as it’s known this side of the pond) is a terrifying prospect but, watching some of the best high school movies of all time can make it seem like a super exciting adventure.
But what, if anything, did these movies actually teach us?
We take a look at the top high school movies of our time, to see if they set us up for disappointment or actually delivered any worthwhile life lessons.
As we look forward to the prequel of Grease, a short four decades down the line from the first movie premiere, we wonder exactly what did the pupils and teachers of Rydell High teach us?
First, we learn that you can be 28 and still play an eighteen-year-old in American high school movies!
Olivia Newton-John was closer to thirty than twenty when filming began, but she certainly wasn’t the oldest. In fact, it was the actor that played Rizzo, Stockard Channing, who was 33 when filming began.
Secondly, Grease taught us that high school can change a person. Rather controversially telling us that giving in to peer pressure is the best and most fun way of getting through high school.
Well, aside from that we certainly get a glimpse of what to expect when it comes to high school hierarchy. Through this, we are shown how easy it is to manipulate those around you, enter three-way phone calls and well-placed candy canes.
But, the most important message that comes out of all those first-year social tortures is that it’s only a year and you have another few years in school to find out where you fit in.
A true ode to the 90s, Clueless gave us mere mortals an idea of what it was like to grow up Beverly Hills.
This modern high school movie classic was actually loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma and shows us that even the best intentions can end with ghastly consequences.
Cher sees herself as a gifted matchmaker, who only has other’s best intentions at heart, but being forever focused on self-promotion, she loses sight of what real friendship and kindness is.
Clueless makes us understand that, whilst we all would like a friend like Cher, we need to follow our own judgement and not let others choose our paths for us.
The Breakfast Club
One of the greatest lessons ever taught in a high school movie can be learned by watching The Breakfast Club.
Set in day-long detention, a group of five are flung together, all from different social groups. A jock, a geek, a preppy girl, an outcast and a rebel begin to bond and share their experiences both at home and in school.
Playing truant by faking illness, Ferris has the time of his life, driving a fancy sports car and becoming a temporary rock star.
The message that this high school movie delivers is to seize the day, an important one that we all forget from time to time.
Never Been Kissed
Proof that life usually doesn’t get much better after high school, Never Been Kissed is a fantastic example of how unimportant social acceptance is in school when it comes to finding happiness and success in later life.
The story of Josie Grossy is heartbreaking and her high school experiences go on to shape and restrict her adult life.
Taking us along on the high school journey of a sheltered young girl, who faces serious issues at home as well as in school, Carrie gives us an understanding of a bully victim’s world and the hardships they face. When poor Carrie falls victim to a bully’s revenge, things take a turn for the worse and the whole town pays.
Carrie might be overkill, literally, but the message is simple, bullies are horrible human beings who always get their just desserts.
Bring It On
On a lighter and much cheerier note, Bring It On is one of those high school movies that helps celebrate the underdog and makes us want to be a cheerleader along the way.
At its heart, Bring It On celebrates honesty, integrity and a determination to do the right thing.
When lead character, Torrance, inherits the captainship of her school’s award-winning cheer squad, she realises her entire cheer-career has been a lie.