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‘Locke & Key’ Season One: Spooky Chronicles

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‘Locke & Key’ Season One: Spooky Chronicles

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While you were waiting for your letter of acceptance from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Netflix went ahead and released the supernatural series, Locke & Key. Based on the comic books by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, the events follow the Locke family, who, after the murder of the father, move to his ancestral home known as the ’Key House’. The change was meant to do them good, but it turns out the house is filled with keys that have magical powers, and there is a demon trapped in their well!

The three siblings, Tyler (Connor Jessup), Kinsey (Emilia Jones), and Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) are chased by a demon who is after the keys that enable the holder to teleport through doors, shape-shift, walk into mirrors, among other mystical abilities. Grownups, such as Mrs Locke (Darby Stanchfield), cannot witness the magic, so the younger cast has most of the show’s focus. The demon, AKA Dodge (Laysla De Oliveira), is a character of nightmares with her tireless pursuit and is not startled easily. Once you press play, you are immediately drawn into a world of secrets that Mr Locke (Bill Heck) had left behind for his family to discover bit by bit.

One thing for sure, Locke & Key is no bedtime story; the spooky setting is reminiscent of Stephen King’s most famous work, but with a twist. The soundtrack keeps the overall mood dark and gloomy, while, at other much-needed times, it uplifts your spirit the way the sound of birds chirping would. At only 11 years old, It’s Scott has remarkable acting skills that make you forget just how young he is, and his future in horror acting shines brighter than ever with his latest portrayal of the youngest Locke.

Fans of the comics might find a few differences with the adaptation, while newcomers are likely to lose count of all the keys and what each does. The 10 episodes move at a decent pace that unlocks pieces of the past in an unpredictable approach; however, the season finale wears the crown of terror. The last episode of season one pretty much represented one of our worst phobias; we found ourselves letting out a few screams, shivers ran down our spines, and soon enough, our covers were blocking our sight. After pulling through, we are more than ready for the second season!


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Watch at night for full horrific effect.

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