Should Fox Have Given Locke & Key a Chance?

One of the more interesting projects for horror and fantasy fans pitched for the upcoming season was Fox's Locke & Key. Based on the graphic novels written by Joe Hill (Stephen King's son!), the thriller made it all the way to the pilot stage and starred Miranda Otto and Nick Stahl. Despite Hollywood's current lust affair with adapting comics, Fox passed on the series, causing lots of potential fans to mutter something about Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and hopes and dreams crushed.

Still, the pilot was screened for some reason or other at Comic-Con, where the reception was mostly positive (as is everything that comes out of Comic-Con). I never got to see the pilot, but thankfully some renegade posted the trailer for the series on YouTube today so we can all get a look at what could've been. Behold!

I'm gonna catch a big bag of rotten tomatoes in the face for this, but I can see why Fox passed on it. Locke & Key may have been too ambitious for network television. Heck, I still don't really know what this is about. And with American Horror Story already taking up the quota for psychologically terrifying haunted house shows on Fox's sister network FX, perhaps they figured they'd just be repeating themselves. And if you ask me (which you don't, I know), the trailer just didn't look that great.

But who cares what I think? What do you think?

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