On location | Oakley Court | The house that screamed and screamed again in classic British horrors

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It’s been home to Peter Cushing’s Baron in The Curse of Frankenstein, Boris Karloff’s secretive horticulturist in Die Monster Die, and Lon Chaney’s Satanist in Witchcraft. It’s witnessed Frankie Howerd being stalked by an axe-wielding Ray Milland in The House in Nightmare Park (read Pete’s review here), caused Stephanie Beacham to have nightmares in And Now the Screaming Starts, and seen Donald Pleasance conducting strange experiments on Doctor Who’s Tom Baker in The Mutations. It’s also housed lesbian bloodsuckers (Vampyres), evil gardeners (The Night Digger) and all manner of Riff Raff from 1975’s Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Oakley Court Hotel

Welcome to Oakley Court. Situated on the River Thames in Windsor, Berkshire, London, this Victorian Gothic mansion was built in 1859 for Sir Richard Hall Say, the High Sheriff of Berkshire, and changed hands a few times until 1919, when it was purchased by Ernest Olivier (who lived in the house until his death in 1965).

Oakley Court

When Bray Studios (which was used by Hammer Films) moved next door in 1955, Oakley Court became a most convenient setting for a host of films over the next two decades. Today, Oakley Court is a popular hotel hosting year-round events (our Pete visited it over the last May Bank holiday), and doesn’t shy away from its horror heritage. Here’s a list of the films that have been made there. How many do you remember?

Man in Black
The Lady Craved Excitement
The Curse of Frankenstein
(1957) Read Pete’s review here
(1958) Read Pete’s review here
The Brides of Dracula
Siege of the Saxons
The Old Dark House
The Evil of Frankenstein
The Scarlet Blade
(1964) Read Pete’s review here
Die Monster Die
The Reptile
(1966) Read Pete’s review here
The Plague of the Zombies
(1966) Read Pete’s review here
The Projected Man
Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly
Au Pair Girls
And Now the Screaming Starts!
The Mutations
(1974 TV Movie)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Murder by Death
Murder by Decree
The Wildcats of St. Trinian’s

For more great London spots used in classic British horror films, check out Derek Pykett’s British Horror Film Locations.

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