The Gothic Windsor hotel used in the Hammer Horror movies where “accidental drownings” and “witchcraft” took place


Oakley Court in Windsor is an upscale five-star hotel with a Victorian facade – but it also hides a bloody past.

The building is infamous for being the backdrop for many horror and Hammer films such as Frankenstein’s Curse and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The Gothic mansion was built in 1859 in Windsor, next to the Thames, and belonged to Sir Richard Hall Say, the Sheriff of Berkshire.

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After years of inherited ownership, the building was purchased by Ernest Olivier in 1919, who was the Turkish Consul General in Monte Carlo.

During World War II, the house became the secret headquarters of the French Resistance.

Olivier died in 1965, and Hammer Film Productions believed the building to be the perfect backdrop for their bloody horror films, filming their first five films there.

According to Berkshire Folklore, in the 1960s and 1970s the building had a bad reputation for being “evil,” with people spotting ghostly hooded figures around the grounds.

Around this time, there were also several accidental drownings inside the building and outside in the Thames, with rumors that some had in fact committed suicide after activity in the house returned them. crazy.

By the 1960s, the building had been converted into apartments and paranormal activity escalated, with residents reporting strange noises coming from unoccupied rooms.

Denying their reputation, a family moved into an apartment in the converted servants quarters and within three years two of their children have drowned.

In 1972, mother Penelope Gallerneault reported that she had started seeing strange appearances at Oakley Court.

“I started to see people walking in the park with balaclavas.

“One morning, I found a box on the doorstep. When I opened it, I was horrified to see the body of one of my cats with a broken neck,” she said. declared.

Penelope also told reporters: “The house has an aura of evil, and I could never go back there.

“The horror movies made there may seem like a joke. I’m sure the evil has rubbed off on the spot or something horrible has been summoned.”

A senior police official who had responded to calls about strange sightings in the area said “there were some strange events in the house, which were never fully explained.

“We have carried out regular patrols after complaints about the practice of witchcraft and things seem to have calmed down now.”

Reports of these haunted and otherworldly activities have faded over time, but some visitors still report strange occurrences.

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In 2016, a guest called Nick H left a review of his stay on TripAdvisor and said the hotel “really lives up to its haunted reputation.”

“My girlfriend and I spent a sleepless night at the hotel, having both independently experienced a weird, cold and uncomfortable presence in room 337, for most of the night,” he said. .

“I considered asking the manager on duty upon check-out if there had been any complaints or similar observations, but decided that I could be laughed at.

“Needless to say, we were blown away when we got home and Google searched for ‘Oakley Court Hotel Haunting’.

“If you are looking for an authentic place for a murder mystery night, then I highly recommend it.”

All the Gothic horror movies and TV shows that were filmed inside Oakley Court:

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Dracula (2020)
  • vampires
  • Murder by death
  • Daughters of Darkness
  • Frankenstein’s Curse
  • Blood theater
  • Dracula’s wives
  • Dracula Prince of Darkness
  • Witchcraft
  • Murder by decree
  • Plague of zombies
  • mom, nanny, son and daughter
  • Evil of Frankenstein
  • And now the screams begin
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Monster of terror
  • The reptile
  • The old dark house
  • Nightmare
  • The mutations
  • The wild cats of St Trinians
  • The house in Nightmare Park
  • The scarlet blade
  • The projected blade

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