The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975
visit the film locations
Maidenhead: rail: First Great Western from London Paddington
Oakley Court Hotel, Windsor Road, Water Oakley (tel: 01753.609988), on the A308 between Maidenhead and Windsor, Berkshire.
Oakley Court is a familiar location if you've ever seen a Hammer movie. It features in The Curse of Frankenstein, The Brides of Dracula and The Plague of the Zombies. It features also in the star-studded Neil Simon oddity Murder By Death (a rare chance to see writer Truman Capote onscreen), Paul Morrissey’s spoofy Hound of the Baskervilles (with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore) and the sorry Wildcats of St Trinian’s (though not the earlier classic St Trinian’s movies). It was also the Gothic mansion in HP Lovecraft adaptation Die, Monster, Die (aka Monster of Terror), with Boris Karloff.
Maidenhead and Windsor are also popular locations for the Carry On... films.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show location: : Frank-N-furter’s mansion: Oakley Court, Maidenhead, Berkshire
The cult movie to end all cult movies, constricted – or enhanced, according to taste – by its microbudget.
Interiors filmed, fittingly, at Hammer Films’ old Bray Studio near Maidenhead in Berkshire.
Frank-N-furter’s mansion is, conveniently, alongside the studio, and has naturally figured in a whole slew of horror movies. It was Oakley Court, a Victorian Gothic folly that lay for many years in a state of disrepair. It’s been seen in dozens of movies, particularly Hammer films, including The Curse of Frankenstein and The Plague of the Zombies.
It has since been renovated and is now the rather swanky Oakley Court Hotel, Windsor Road, Water Oakley, on the A308 between Maidenhead and Windsor.