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Keyhouse Manor: The Magical House in Locke & Key, Inspired by Stephen King’s Eccentric Home
Now back on Netflix with a thrilling second season, Locke & Key follows the adventures of the three Locke siblings as they move into their ancestral home, - known as Keyhouse.
They soon learn that the house has magical keys that give them many powers and abilities. But a devious demon also wants the keys and will stop at nothing to attain them.
And since the house sits at the center of the story, we looked it up — to see whether Keyhouse exists in real life (and if any demons made an appearance there in the past).
While the fantasy series is said to be set in the town of Matheson, MA the location used to film the show was further up north, in Canada.
Tracking down Locke & Key manor & filming locations
Filming took place in Lunenburg — a port town in Nova Scotia — and in Toronto. And while many of the homes in Lunenburg look a lot like it, Keyhouse manor is mostly CGI.
That’s right. Realistic as it may seem, Keyhouse doesn’t exist in real life, and every scene that featured the manor was shot at the Cinespace Film Studios.
The real inspiration for Keyhouse manor
The house of the Lockes may not be real, but it does bear a striking resemblance to the eccentric family home of the comic’s creator, Joe Hill.
Hill, by his real name Joseph Hillström King, is none other than the son of legendary horror writer Stephen King.
And if you’re not familiar with King’s home in Bangor, Maine — a Mecca for die-hard fans and the inspiration for many of our favorite novels —
know that it’s a particularly striking Italianate Villa-style manor, shrouded in mystery (sound familiar?)
In fact, while in significantly better shape than Keyhouse, Stephen King’s home — and subsequently, the Locke & Key writer’s own ancestral home — is eerily similar to that of the Lockes.
Seems like King’s mysterious home gave birth to far more unique stories than the ones we knew about — and that horror is not the only genre Bangor, Maine inspires.
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