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Netflix trailer for Locke and keythe streaming giant’s new series, based on Joe Hill’s graphic novel series.

Three siblings who have lost their father discover a collection of magical keys in their childhood home and must avoid falling into the hands of a demonic figure in the hauntingly atmospheric official trailer of Locke and keya Netflix adaptation of Joe Hill’s award-winning graphic novel series of the same name.

(Mild spoilers for the comics below.)

It’s a compelling storyline. After the brutal murder of their father, Rendell, the surviving members of the Locke family – mother Nina and three children, Tyler, Kinsey and Bode – arrive at Key House, Rendell’s ancestral home in Massachusetts. Shortly after arriving, Bode, the youngest sibling, finds a magical key, then another, and another, each with its own special power.

For example, the Anywhere Key means that the wearer can create a portal from any door to any place he or she can visualize. The Ghost Key allows the holder’s soul to exit the body, while the Head Key is inserted into the back of a person’s head to reveal their thoughts and memories. But those keys also make the siblings the target of a mysterious creature called Dodge who wants to possess all the keys, especially one known as the Omega Key.

Welcome to Key House

The first issue of Locke and key sold out in one day, and the series won the British Fantasy Awards in 2009 and 2012 and an Eisner Award in 2011. But getting an adaptation off the ground has proved notoriously difficult. There was an early interest in adapting the series for film at Dreamworks, with Steven Spielberg as producer, before turning the project into a television series at 20th Century Fox. Miranda Otto signed up to play the mother, Nina Locke, and a pilot episode was completed and screened at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con. Someone even put together a trailer, plucked from the pilot footage. But Fox didn’t green-light the series and Dreamworks TV eventually dropped the project.

In 2014, Universal announced a planned movie trilogy of Locke and key, but that project also fell through. It was a crushing blow to fans of the comics (myself included), so it was welcome news in 2017 that Hulu had ordered a pilot for a new TV adaptation, written by Hill, starring Carlton Cuse (Lost) produce and Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) directing. Derrickson later left the project due to scheduling conflicts, and was replaced by Andy Muschietti (THE and IT chapter two)† Sets were built and there was even a writer’s room making several backup scripts. Then, inexplicably, Hulu passed on the pilot as well.

Fortunately, Netflix stepped in to save the project, with Cuse and Meredith Averill (Haunting of Hill House) who serve as showrunners. Darby Stanchfield (Scandal) plays Nina Locke in this iteration, with Bill Heck (the alienist) in a recurring role (via flashbacks) as the late Rendell Locke. The series also stars Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie in THE and IT Chapter Two) as Bode, Connor Jessup (falling sky) as Tyler and Emilia Jones (doctor who) as Kinsey.

Keepers of the keys

The trailer opens just like the comics do: with the traumatized surviving members of the Locke family arriving at Key House, welcomed by Rendell’s younger brother Duncan (Aaron Ashmore). [updated] “I could never get your father to talk about his life here,” Nina tells the siblings, with an early ominous tone. She tells Duncan that her children need a house, and he replies, “Is this supposed to be this house?” Meanwhile, the curious young Herald has wandered into the Well House and discovers a mysterious “Echo”, who tells him that Key House is “filled with amazing keys”. They whisper to those who are sensitive to it – and of course Bode, Tyler and Kinsey can hear them.

We see Bode discover the Ghost Key and magically leave his body, while a shocked Kinsey leans over his seemingly dead physical self. More and more keys are being discovered, including the Head Key, which Kinsey demonstrates for her new boyfriend Scot (Petrice Jones). In the comics, the Head Key literally removes the top of someone’s head when you put it on their neck so everyone can see inside. In this incarnation, the subject freezes and a separate representation of the person (in this case Kinsey) appears, who can pass through a door into a separate dimension containing his thoughts and memories. It’s a smart way to visualize such an abstract concept, and I think it works well.

Tyler seems to be the only one concerned about the possible consequences of using the keys. “This is not a game,” he tells Bode. “We don’t know what these keys unlock.” Of course Tyler is right. We see a mysterious door open – anyone who’s read the series knows what it is, but it would give away too much to list here – and a voiceover says, “You woke me up. You have no idea what there is going to come.” That “crazy, evil thing,” as Tyler puts it, is Dodge (Laysla De Oliveira), who naturally wants all those magic keys and will do just about anything to get them. The keys to Key House are the legacy of Locke’s siblings, linking them to the past and their late father. Can they use them to fight back against Dodge’s relentless pursuit?

Locke and key debuts on Netflix on February 7, 2020.

Sneak peek of the first official scene out Locke and key

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