'Poltergeist' and 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Director Takes on Genies in 'Djinn' Trailer

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It's here. No, not Carol Anne's TV People but the trailer for Tobe Hooper's latest chiller, "Djinn," a horror film based on the Arabic myth of the genie, a supernatural creature that, in this case, is far more dangerous than any earworms incurred from Disney's "Aladdin."

"Djinn" is an interesting beast, for sure. It's full of those age-old horror tropes that Hooper fans are well-acquainted with, like a haunted abode, angry supernatural forces, and a creepy stalker slash pretty lady who has some undue interest in the contents of a woman's uterus.

On the other hand, it's based on the ancient myth of the djinn, a being straight outta Arabic myths and even mentioned in the Koran, and the movie was filmed entirely in the United Arab Emirates.

On the surface, it's your typical horror film. Khalid (Khalid Laith) and Salama (Razane Jammal) are a young couple returning home from a jaunt abroad -- in Salama's case, quite reluctantly. They've been having some old-fashioned marital problems, including unsuccessful attempts at having a baby. Being around in-laws sure doesn't help, and neither does the appearance of a gorgeous young woman named Sarah (Aiysha Hart).

But will "Djinn" ever see the light of day? Twitch reported last week that there are rumors the royal family objected to the movie so vehemently that someone paid off one of the producers and that the studio behind the film, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, isn't even considering bids from distributors.

The parent company of Image Nation has refuted those rumors. Yesterday a representative of Abu Dhabi Media Company, Danielle Perissi, said, "These rumours are unfounded. 'Djinn' is in active post-production, and Image Nation looks forward to releasing the film in theatres later this year."

When the film was announced last February, it was reported that Emirati director Nayla Al Khaja would be on hand as a cultural consultant and to learn about directing horror from Hooper. However, she quit "in protest at the lack of local input."

Perhaps releasing the trailer now is a way for the company to show its commitment to the movie, but we won't know for sure until it shows up at a festival, in theaters, or direct to DVD.

In the meantime, check it out and let us know if "Djinn" would keep you up at night.


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