In a shocking turn of events reported by the UK Daily Mail, the owner of Bray Studios – the landmark site of countless horror films, including many from Hammer's classic era of the '50s and '60s, like Horror of Dracula and Curse of Frankenstein – has announced that the Berkshire, UK site will no longer be available to the film industry, and will instead be torn down to make way for luxury housing.
As you can imagine, the announcement set off a firestorm of protests, with filmmakers like Terry Gilliam (who filmed some of The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus at Bray) and Rocky Horror's Richard O’Brien joining the ranks of the outraged. The protesters argue that the Bray's financial decline is due to mishandling of the site by its owner, Neville Hendricks.
“There is still a place for the smaller studios like Bray,” says Gilliam. “There is a feeling that things have been allowed to decay.” O'Brien agrees, adding “I would hate to see developers turn Bray into some riverside homes.”