Joe Hill Explains Why Netflix’s LOCKE & KEY Chose Fantasy Over Horror

Netflix has renewed its hit adaptation of Joe Hill (NOS4A2) Locke & Key for a second season. And today, Hill talked a bit about why the series is more of a fantasy than a straightforward horror show.

Hill tells “I loved what the show became. Carlton Cuse, who’s the showrunner on it, is kind of a professor of television and he made himself a student of the previous two attempts to adapt Locke & Key, which had failed, and tried to crack the puzzle of why those versions did not work. I think that Locke & Key, the comic book, was always like ‘Harry Potter gone bad.’ It was always a little bit like R-rated Harry Potter. Scarier. More horror. It was less ‘Harry Potter,’ more ‘Horror Potter.’ And I think that what he realized was there were the elements of this terrific YA fantasy thing there and that the solution to the problem was to lean into that. So the earlier versions of Locke & Key were two parts horror and two parts fantasy. And the Netflix version is one part horror, three parts fantasy, and that seems to be the right chemical mix for TV.”

The first season sports a 66% rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: Though Locke & Key at times struggles to strike a consistent tone, it captures enough of the essence of its source material to provide a fiendishly fun and sufficiently spooky time.

It begins after Nina Locke moves with her three children Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode from Seattle to Matheson, Massachusetts, and take residence in Rendell’s family home, Keyhouse. The children soon discover a number of mysterious keys throughout the house that can be used to unlock various doors in magical ways. However, they become aware of a demonic entity that is also searching for the keys for its own malevolent purposes.

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Written by Mike Sprague

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