Review: “Chambers” is Dead on Arrival

“Chambers” Netflix promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb

Created by Leah Rachel, the Netflix original supernatural horror series “Chambers” dropped on the entertainment streaming provider Friday, 26 April 2019.

Promotional Poster
“Chambers” Netflix promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb

What is the series about?

The first season, consisting of ten episodes, revolves around Sasha Yazzie. After receiving a heart transparent, Sasha is haunted by inexplicable visions. Because of her visions, Sasha is adamant about unravelling the horrifying circumstances. As a result of her persistent digging, Sasha soon discovers there is conspiracy surrounding the donor’s mysterious death.

Who stars in the series?

“Chambers” stars Uma Thurman, Tony Goldwyn, Sivan Alyra Rose, Lilliya Scarlett Reid, Nicholas Galitzine, Kyanna Simone Simpson, Lilli Kay, Griffin Powell-Arcand and Marcus LaVoi.

Is there a trailer?

Final Thoughts

Why does sex always equal death? In various television and film productions revolving around teenagers and the supernatural, sex invariably leads to death. The sex leading to death trope is part and parcel of horror franchises such as “Friday the 13th” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” It’s getting seriously old. It was old when I was young. It has therefore had it’s day. Consequently, television and film producers need to find some new tropes.

The only aspect of “Chambers” I personally enjoyed is Uma Thurman. As Nancy Lefevre, Thurman’s performance is truly authentic. With 35-years of experience working in front of the camera, inclusive of “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Les Misérables,” “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” and “Kill Bill: Vol. 2,” the Boston born actress has accumulated no fewer than 64 acting credits to her name. Considering the quality of her work, there must be something better fitting for Thurman to apply her talents.

Except for Thurman’s excellent performance, there is not much going for “Chambers.” What can I say? It’s unoriginal. Substituting jump-cuts for authentic shocks does not make for a decent horror story. As for the lead character’s nail art, the least said about that the better. Will there be a second season? If it resonates with enough people, there might be a second season.