Djinn (2013) - Tobe Hooper

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The Middle East doesn't have that many irons in the fire when it comes to horror movies. That's why I really like Djinn. It isn't a fantastic horror movie but it's interesting and well made. The United Arab Emirates funded this movie being helmed by Texas Chainsaw Massacre creator Tobe Hooper. He's a great choice. Hooper's experience really draws the fear of each horror movie he makes and this movie is no different.

Salama and Khalid are a young Emirati couple who move back home from America after the accidental death of their infant child. They move into a large high rise in Ras al-Khaimah and start their lives together. Something just doesn't sit right with Salama. The atmosphere and aura surrounding Ras al-Khaimah is really creepy. A dense fog has settled and looks to be staying. Salama begins to hear and see things. That's when the fun begins.

Djinn gives a great, realistic look at the ancient creatures. It takes from the writings in the Qur'an that mention the Djinn as a separate race from the humans. Us westerners know them a Genies. Though, this movie doesn't really have anything to do with wishes. From what I can gather they represent Demons and beings from the underworld that love to terrify and kill humans.

I recommend this movie to those looking for something different. Tobe Hooper is a great slasher director and this marks a rare occasion when he's trying to be subtle. There are a few snags. My biggest gripe is with their annoying neighbor. The movie has a solid story-line and makes for a good feature. Check it out.In Turkey the movie is known as Cin

The film is the first supernatural thriller film in both English and Arabic languages.

Djinn had a budget of $5 Million