What would you do if your back door opened a portal to an alternate dimension? This is the conundrum awaiting the main characters of Locke and Key, Netflix's new horror fiction series exploring how a family can stay afloat in a surreal game that gets harder and harder with every turn. Kinsey (Emilia Jones), Tyler (Connor Jessup), Nina (Darby Stanchfield), and the rest of the family must learn to cope with the unexpected challenges and work out whether they should trust a demon or not.
The 10-episode-long series follows the phenomenal success of The Haunting of Hill House, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and The Secret Circle, horror and mystery-related programs that garnered a great deal of popularity in the past few years. Based on an IDW comic book series written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke and Key is bound to allure viewers with its enchanting, fairytale-gone-wrong aesthetic and with its fast-paced narrative development.
Netflix's 'Locke and Key' has exceptional visuals to boast.
As part of the game, the children visit far-away, phantasmagoric landscapes, pitch-black, haunted mines, secret gardens, long-abandoned buildings covered in exotic plants, and a neon-lit mall reminiscent of the one the protagonists of Stranger Things fought the Demogorgon in.
The show kicks off with the Locke family relocating to the Revolution-era Key House that was the birthplace of the children's recently-deceased father.
What they don't suspect is that the furniture, walls, and floors of the house would be covered in cleverly-hidden, neatly-tucked away keyholes. Too intrigued by the unlikely sight, the family members begin to collaborate in a bid to locate the corresponding sets of keys and work out the inner secrets of the mysterious house.
The Ponzi scheme-like game begins with a relaxed, trouble-free challenge – only to evolve into the children's most harrowing nightmare.
Netflix has recently released the first 'Locke and Key' trailer – and it is quite something.
Showrunner Meredith Averill took on the brand new project after having worked on cult-classic productions like The Haunting of Hill House, The Good Wife, and Life on Mars.
Likewise, Jackson Robert has previously appeared in unforgettable horror movies like the 2017 It or the 2019 It Chapter Two. Despite his young age, it is safe to say that the actor has already cemented himself as a star of the genre.
The creators paid special attention to the aesthetic of the show, using the latest technologies to surprise viewers with some exceptional visuals. In a crucial scene, we watch a fairy-dust-covered Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) develop the ability to fly and slowly ascend into the starry sky. In another, Kinsey's alabaster neck transforms into a makeshift keyhole. Plus, there are neon-colored lightsabers involved as well.
Emilia Jones had her fair share of experiences with horror movies as well: the actress appeared as Vicky in the 2015 sci-fi thriller based on J.G. Ballard's literary masterpiece, the High-Rise, and she also played Joanna in the 2016 western titled Brimstone.
Although the show is still in its early stages — Netflix has released the first teaser trailer very recently — it is safe to assume that Locke and Key is bound to be 2020's answer to Lemony Snicket.
Locke and Key will be available on Netflix starting on Feb. 7.