Locke & Key review: Thrills and chills aplenty

If you had keys that would let you unlock different powers, would you use them? Locke & Key is arriving on Netflix tomorrow, February 7, and it’s a great gateway series that could get non-horror fans into the genre. It’s got everything you need in a show: a dash of mystery, a little action, and heapings of drama.

I say drama because, apart from this show being a supernatural thriller, it’s also a coming-of-age story.

New home, new troubles

The story follows the Locke kids after the gruesome murder of their father. Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode move from Seattle to their ancestral home, Keyhouse, in the small town of Matheson.

And Keyhouse looks like it came straight out of a horror movie—it’s big, has a lot of rooms, and is filled with creepy paintings of their ancestors. These factors aside, it’s your typical ancestral home (besides the fact that their dad never talked about his childhood or the house). Oh, and there are magical keys, which unlock supernatural powers, and a demon trapped in a well after them. You know, the usual home stuff.

Bode hears the keys whisper to him and none of the adults (like their mom Nina) believe him. That doesn’t stop the young boy from going after the keys, causing him to unleash a demon living in their property.

Meanwhile, outside their abode, Tyler and Kinsey must face the horror that is high school. You get the whole YA experience as they navigate through love triangles, peer pressure, house parties, and more. The whole thing is very Netflix-esque. It’s got the same feel as other shows on the platform like Stranger Things or Riverdale. Not saying that it’s a bad thing, though, because this part serves as a breather from all the supernatural stuff going on.

Secrets to unlock

What will get you hooked each episode is the chase after the magical keys. Without giving too much details, each key unlocks different powers. Waiting for them to find the keys and see what they do is the best part of the whole Locke & Key experience for me. I was at the edge of my seat every time Bode shows up on screen because his story is mainly on the mystery/adventure path.

Younger kids around Bode’s age usually annoy me when I watch thrillers. They cause all sorts of trouble and wait around to be saved by someone older (kind of like Carl Grimes in the earlier seasons of The Walking Dead). But Bode Locke can hold his own. You’ll be surprised with what this kid is capable of.

Locke & Key streams on Netflix starting tomorrow, February 7, 2020.

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