Fans of the books are hoping the third time’s a charm. Previous attempts to bring the gothic mystery to life were unsuccessful. Over the past decade, both Fox and Hulu made a noble effort, but neither attempt got past the pilot stage.
With executive producers that include Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House) and Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel) along with Hill and Rodriguez, the Locke & Key you are about to see is fantastical, creepy, and visually stunning.
If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s where it begins:
When her husband, Rendell, is murdered, Nina Locke (Darby Stanchfield) moves her family from Seattle to their ancestral home, Keyhouse, in small-town Massachusetts. As she and the kids — Tyler (Connor Jessup), Kinsey (Emilia Jones), and Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) — try to settle into their new house, they discover that it’s full of magical keys that may answer the mystery of Rendell’s untimely death. Bode is the first to connect with the house and begin unlocking its secrets, including a demon – Dodge (Laysla De Oliveira), who has plans of her own for the keys.
Locke & Key stars Bill Heck as the late Rendell Locke, and Aaron Ashmore as his brother, Duncan Locke. Sherri Saum also stars as Ellie Whedon (who was one of Rendell’s teenage friends), and Coby Bird is her son, Rufus, who’s also Keyhouse’s caretaker.
While this adaptation captures the magic of the story, it has dialled down the horror elements without sacrificing the eerie vibes. It’s also changed the name of the Massachusetts town from Lovecraft to Matheson. One thing hasn’t been changed: the Locke family keeps getting drawn back into the past as they try to move forward after Rendell’s murder.
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