Historic Bray Studios to be demolished

Bray Studios

It's a decision that must have set Dracula spinning in his coffin. The studios that were once home to the famous Hammer Horror films are to be turned into a luxury housing development. The owner of Bray Studios in Berkshire says the iconic location is no longer viable for movie-making – and that he wants to put up to seven executive homes on the site.

Hammer – also well known for its Eighties TV series Hammer House Of Horror – bought the leasehold on the 16th Century house and transformed it and the surrounding area into a studio. It was named Bray after the nearby village. The property provided a backdrop and location for countless Hammer classics– including The Curse Of Frankenstein in 1957 and Dracula: Prince Of Darkness in 1966. 

The space was also hired out - the Errol Flynn Theatre filmed there in the 1950s, The Who recorded and rehearsed at Bray during the 1970s, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was made there, and tv series like Inspector Morse and Doctor Who have used the space.

The demolition plan has infuriated big names in the movie business, including Terry Gilliam, director of The Fisher King, and Richard O’Brien, composer and star of The Rocky Horror Picture Show – who are backing a campaign to save the studios. 

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