After the success of The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix is diving back into horror with Locke & Key, an adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez’s comics series of the same name. The series focuses on a family who move back to their eerie ancestral home after a violent death that traumatizes them all. The three Locke children discover that the house is home to a set of secret magical keys, which all bestow different powers and abilities. The bad news is, they aren’t the only ones chasing down the keys.
Jackson Robert Scott, Connor Jessup, and Emilia Jones star as the Locke children, with Darby Stanchfield as their mother, and Bill Heck in flashbacks as their recently murdered father Rendell. He’s the one who establishes the series’ theme, when he warns them, “The past is always with us.”
The first trailer for the series showcases gorgeous visuals that drop the recent trend of literally dark horror, revealing rooms decked out in rainbow colors and bright lights. But Locke & Key doesn’t leave shadows behind: ghouls and ghosts pursue the Locke children, and so does the eerie whispering of the keys themselves.
As a bonus, the URL at the end of the trailer, RendellLockeIsDead.com, leads to an unlisted video of the series’ opening scene, which offers an idea of the kind of power the keys possess.
The series will arrive on Netflix Feb. 7.