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Is Oakley Court Haunted?
Is Oakley Court haunted? Did you know that the castle where they filmed The Rocky Horror Picture Show as well as several Hammer Horror films has a lot of ghost stories? Ghostly is joined by Mike Morrissey from Last 3 Rows of Horror to talk about this famous location and the terrifying stories associated with it. Listen and vote!
Questions Explored in this Episode
When was Oakley Court built? Who built it and how many different owners has it had? When was it used by Hammer Horror film studio? What movies were filmed there? Did anything happened while they were filming Rocky Horror Picture Show? What bad luck happened to the people who lived there when it was apartments? Are there ghosts visitors to the modern-day hotel have seen? What happened to the construction crew that worked to convert it? Why don’t staff like to work upstairs? Is it haunted?
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History of Oakley Court and the Rocky Horror Picture Show
Pat explores the history this amazing nineteenth century home and it’s long history as a single family home turned apartments turned movie studio turned hotel. Hammer studios made several films here including The Brides of Dracula and The Plague of Zombies. While filming Rocky Horror, Susan Sarandon got pneumonia because it had no heat.
Mike Morrissey from Last 3 Rows of Horror joins Pat and Rebecca to debate the paranormal evidence for this location. Contractors reported a glass door shattering as if a baseball had been thrown threw it, even though no one was there. They also claimed to hear odd noises including phantom footsteps. Later, hotel guests reported hearing phantom knocking and seeing a mysterious gentleman spirit.
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Sources for this Week’s Episode
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakley_Court and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rocky_Horror_Picture_Show
Oakley Court: https://www.oakleycourt.co.uk/
Travel Channel: https://www.travelchannel.com/interests/top-hotels/photos/oakely-court
Haunted Island: http://www.hauntedisland.co.uk/huanted-houses/oakley-court-berkshire
Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g186419-d192493-r337045909-Oakley_Court-Windsor_Windsor_and_Maidenhead_Berkshire_England.html
Horror Bound: https://www.horrorbound.net/blog/2020/11/20/oakley-court-a-hidden-horror-mecca
Get Reading: https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/gothic-windsor-hotel-used-hammer-21766652
Daily Mail: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2351551/Spooky-house-Dracula-Rocky-Horror-Show-filmed-goes-sale.html
The Clipboard of Fun: https://www.theclipboardoffun.com/travel/2019/3/17/the-oakley-court-the-rocky-horror-hotel
Daily Advent: https://www.dailyadvent.com/news/7a38ecc03643bac04969224367e53e29-The-Spooky-History-Behind-Rocky-Horror-Picture-Shows-Haunted-Mansion
Michael Rivers performed the music for the episode
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann
“Pat Facts” and “Ghost Story” themes by Mondo
“Time for a Debate” theme by Gail Gallagher gailgallaghermusic.com