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First look at Netflix's Chambers

And we’ve got an exclusive first look at the trailer for Chambers right here. Are you brave enough to watch it?

The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who love horror TV shows and films, and those scaredy-cats who point-blank refuse to watch them (you can no doubt guess which camp we fall into). For those in the former camp, we have exciting news: Netflix – which has already brought us such terrifying gems as Stranger Things and The Haunting of Hill House – is adding yet another horror string to its terrifying bow. 

Chambers, starring none other than Uma Thurman, tells the story of 17-year-old heart attack survivor Sasha Yazzie (Sivan Alyra Rose).

Keen to find out more about the heart that saved her life, Sasha becomes utterly consumed by the mystery surrounding the death of her donor, Becky Lefevre (Lilliya Reid). Because, while Sasha has been informed that Becky was tragically killed in an accident, it soon transpires that there is far more to the suburban prom queen’s sudden death than first meets the eye. And, when Becky’s grieving mother, Nancy (Thurman) begins to forge a relationship with Sasha, a startling discovery is brought to light.

All of this already sounds terrifying enough. However, the ante is seriously upped when Sasha starts taking on the characteristics of the deceased – some of which are incredibly sinister. 

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Speaking about the supernatural thriller, which will be made up of 10 one-hour episodes, series creator Leah Rachel said: “Taking place in a mystic, New Age pocket of Arizona, Chambers is a psychological horror story that explores the different ways we metabolize trauma. But what starts out as a grounded human story eventually pivots into something far more strange and fucked up than you were expecting.”

We don’t doubt it one bit, especially after being given exclusive access to the show’s chilling first trailer.

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What did we tell you, eh? It’s creepy AF. And we strongly suspect that the late Becky’s dad, Ben (Tony Goldwyn) is going to play a significant role in the spooky events to come: not only does he run a spiritual center called the Annex Foundation, but Netflix has confirmed that his “warm charm and practical business acumen… conceals a mystical bent that knows no bounds.”

Eek.

The idea of a heart transplant recipient taking on the characteristics of their donor isn’t so unrealistic. In fact, a study published in the journal Quality of Life Research saw researchers interview 47 patients who received a heart transplant over a period of two years in Vienna, Austria. While 79% of patients said they did not feel that their personality had changed post-surgery, the others claimed that theirs had. This may have something to do with the fact that the heart ultimately stores memories through combinatorial coding by nerve cells (which allows the sensory system to recognise smells, according to cellular memory theory). However, while further research needs to be done to validate the existence of this concept.

While the science isn’t exactly sound, it’s worth noting that there are others who have reported the phenomenon. In her book A Change of Heart, Claire Sylvia, a heart transplant recipient who received the organ from an 18-year-old male that died in a motorcycle accident, reported having a craving for beer and chicken nuggets after the surgery, and says she experienced reoccurring dreams about a man named ‘Tim L.’ 

Upon searching the obituaries, Sylvia claimed, she learned that her donor’s name was Tim and that he loved all of the food that she craved.

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Joining Alyra Rose, Thurman, Goldwyn and Reid in the cast for Chambers is Nicholas Galitzine (Share, Handsome Devil, The Watcher In The Woods), Kyanna Simone Simpson (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Black Lightning), Lilli Kay (Paterno, Napoli, Brooklyn), Sarah Mezzanotte (The Wolves, Six Degrees of Separation, Blame) and newcomer Griffin Powell-Arcand.

Chambers will premiere globally on Netflix in April 2019.

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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