Set in the fictional town of Matheson, Massachusetts, Locke and Key was filmed in Toronto and in the colorful town of Lunenburg in Nova Scotia. However, the Keyhouse, the ancestral home of the Locke family, filled with intriguing doors and magic keys, doesn't exist in the real world.
Unfortunately, Locke & Key fans yearning to visit the “real Keyhouse” will be disappointed to learn that it doesn't exist in just one place (even if it does in our imaginations). All the filming for Locke & Key takes place in Toronto, Canada. The façade of the house was built in Toronto, but it's not fully practical.
Is Matheson a real place? Where is it filmed? Netflix's Locke and Key streaming series takes place in the fictional town of Matheson, Massachusetts, which is based on the (equally fictitious) setting of the comic books, Lovecraft – named after horror writer HP Lovecraft.
The Netflix original series Locke and Key is based on a series of comic books. The comics were written by Joe Hill and illustrated by artist Gabriel Rodriguez and published between 2008-2013. The characters and storylines stay true to the comics, with some of the details being switched up for the series.
Sadly, the Keyhouse in Locke & Key is almost entirely CGI'd, digitally fashioned from a front facade assembled in the Canadian countryside. Many of the interior scenes were shot in a soundstage at Cinespace Film Studios in Toronto.
Keyhouse Manor is a Manor House, located in the seaside town of Lovecraft, Massachusetts. It is the ancestral home of the Locke children.
'Locke & Key' actually isn't filmed in the United States.
The aforementioned Radio Times report notes that interior shots set in the Drowning Caves were filmed at Cinescape. Exterior shots of the Drowning Caves were filmed in Lunenberg, a town located in Nova Scotia.
The House Filming Location. Set in the fictional town of Matheson, Massachusetts, Locke and Key was filmed in Toronto and in the colorful town of Lunenburg in Nova Scotia. However, the Keyhouse, the ancestral home of the Locke family, filled with intriguing doors and magic keys, doesn't exist in the real world.
In the comics, Dodge uses a magical implement called the Gender Key to switch from a female identity, to his natural male one. However, since Dodge is still 17 years old — the age he was when he “died” decades earlier — he grows a soul patch and adds a lip ring to go undercover as a student named Zack.
Hill's father, horror author Stephen King, is no stranger to making cameos in adaptations of his stories. He most recently appeared as a shopkeeper in IT: Chapter Two, and was perhaps most famously a minister in 1989's Pet Sematary.
Dodge is the main antagonist of the Locke & Key graphic novels. It is a demonic being from the other side of the Black Door.
Matheson, Massachusetts is a town in Massachusetts where the Netflix series takes place.
Locke & Key is set in the fictional town of Matheson in Massachusetts, but the charming town is actually filmed just east of Kettle Creek in Port Stanley, Ontario.
Digital Spy spoke exclusively to showrunner Meredith Averill, who is executive producer on both shows, about it, and she said: "Yeah, there are definitely similarities in that the house is a character, and Hill House is a character, and it deals with a family that is kind of dealing with their own guilt and grief.
Locke and Key season 2 filming locations
Most of the second season was filming in and around Toronto, Canada. You can't visit Key House; at least, not the inside of it. The set was constructed at Cinespace Film Studios in Toronto, which is where many of the internal scenes are filmed.
The keys are "loyal" to the Lockes and Dodge can't take them without permission. Dodge is able to take the keys from Sam because he is not a Locke and does not follow the same rules.
This means that Gabe was never truly a real person; Dodge made him up. He's just another one of the demon's alter egos, like Lucas. It also means that Dodge planned to use Gabe as a tool to get close to Kinsey from the very beginning. Every time Gabe showed interest in the keys, it was Dodge and her dark intentions.
In Season 2 of Locke and Key, Gabe is killed by Tyler using the Alpha key. Gabe entered the scene in the first season of Locke & Key, when one of the Locke siblings, Kinsey, got herself into a love triangle after starting up romances with two of her classmates, Scot and Gabe.
Trivia. Ellie calls Dodge forth using the Echo Key accidentally; she believed she was calling forth her ex-boyfriend, Lucas. When Lucas, Jeff and Kim are killed and the Keepers of the Keys split the keys, she takes possession of the Echo Key and the Identity Key.
Those initial keys might seem like a lot, but it's nothing compared to how many keys are featured in the Locke & Key comics. In total, there are just under 40 keys in the series. However, some keys, like the Mirror Key and the Matchstick Key, only came to the comics after the Netflix series introduced them.
The keys are made out of "Whispering Iron," a metallic substance that the demons turn into if they pass through the Black Door (the Omega Key door) but do not immediately possess a human host.
In 1988, a group of teenagers, having used the keys extensively in their high school years to their great delight, decide to open the black door with the Omega Key, hoping to trick a demon into entering the real world in order to provide more metal with which to make more keys.
It's an essential key because Dodge needs it to find the location of the Omega Key, learning from Erin that Rendell Locke used the Head Key to hide the Omega Key in his own consciousness.