The ultimate choice for group accommodation in Liverpool, Arthouse Hotel’s Psycho-themed room accommodates up to four guests in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre. And specialising in group accommodation, our rooms don’t compromise on space or quality.
Moments away from Liverpool’s best shopping and nightlife spots, Arthouse Hotel provides the ideal stay for sight-seeing, shopping and enjoying the best of Liverpool’s vibrant nightlife scene.
And while this room is inspired by Hitchcock’s classic, we can assure you that it’s a far-cry from Hitchcock’s eerie Bates Motel. With its elegant décor and luxury facilities, the Psycho room features a double Jacuzzi bath and shower, deluxe beds and a TV, so you’ll soon feel at home!
Psycho is a 1960 American psychological horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. A low-budget production and filmed in black-and-white, Hitchcock’s chic and stylish masterpiece is largely considered to be his most timeless creation.
Hitchcock’s films are renowned for blending suspense and horror interwoven with a perfected sense of calm. Backed with operatic scores and sultry female characters, Psycho was a ground-breaking addition to the thriller genre.
With the film’s glamorous blonde heroine and infamous shower sequence, the film indefinitely reflects the director’s most distinctive directorial talents.
Hitchcock’s Horror at Bates Motel
Psycho tells the macabre tale of Marion Crane’s visit to the desolate Bates Motel. Following a spontaneous decision to change her life, Marion finds herself on the run with stolen money from her employer.
Marion’s frenzied journey is brought to an unexpected halt with the strike of a torrential downpour. Turning off the highway, she seeks shelter in an isolated motel ran by friendly yet mysterious misfit Norman Bates.
Dominated by his mother, Marion finds herself too close for comfort to the ominous house where Norman and his mother live. And When Marion goes missing, people certainly start to notice. Marion’s sister, lover and a private investigator named Arbogast find more than they bargained for.
A New Era of Suspense
When the shocking film opened in movie theatres, the buzz and suspense swirling around its release was undoubtedly elevated by the man behind the movie. Ensuring that Psycho made headline news, the iconic director ordered that audiences should be denied entry to the theatre once a showing of Psycho was in motion.
Signs in the cinema read:
“We won’t allow you to cheat yourself. You must see PSYCHO from the very beginning. Therefore, do not expect to be admitted into the theatre after the start of each performance of the picture. We say no one — and we mean no one — not even the manager’s brother, the President of the United States, or the Queen of England (God bless her)!”
Though cinema managers were sceptical about the idea, Hitchcock’s unusual marketing technique proved to be a success. Film showings saw long queues form outside theatres; people were waiting in anticipation to make the cut.
Still Influential Today
Many films find themselves lost in the past, before a decade even goes by. Psycho on the other hand, in its full black-and-white glory, became a timeless influence on film and TV creators.
While Halloween (1978) was inspired by the Hitchcock hit, the modern audiences of the Netflix generation have seen the trials and tribulations of the Bates family brought back to life.
Bates Motel (2013) was created as a prequel to Psycho, refreshing the characters with a modern setting. Following a successful run and numerous TV awards, Bates Motel went out with a bang in February 2017.
Earning the name “The Master of Suspense”, Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most successful and influential film directors of all time, and certainly a pioneer when it came to progression in the psychological thriller genres. With his recognisable style, Hitchcock’s films can be distinguished for their suspenseful camera movements and spine-chilling film editing.
Studio readers at Paramount Pictures rejected the premise of Psycho, and was not offered his usual budget for filming. However, Hitchcock was set on the idea of the novel adaptation, and he took it upon himself to make it happen.
Funding the film himself and filming it at Universal-International using his Shamley Productions crew, the creation of arguably the most famous horror film of all time was put into action. A box office success and critically acclaimed hit, Hitchcock received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, while Psycho itself received four nominations in total.