Combustible Celluloid
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With: Khalid Laith, Razane Jammal, Aiysha Hart, Carole Abboud, Paul Luebke, May El Calamawy, Ahmed Abdullah, Saoud Al Kaabi, Abdullah Al Junaibi
Written by: David Tully
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 82
Date: 10/25/2013

Djinn (2013)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Djinn and Demonic

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Tobe Hooper's unjustly panned final film Djinn (2013) is set in the United Arab Emirates and deals with the evil creature of lore. In a prologue, an arrogant American goes to see a high-rise apartment building and learns (the hard way) about the creature. Then, a couple living in the United States returns home and moves into the building, which, as soon as they arrive, is surrounded by a creepy fog. The neighbors don't seem quite right, and while the husband travels back and forth to town for work, the wife is left alone to deal with the weirdness and a possible invader. Hooper is at the top of his game here with his sense of space and mood, and the movie is briskly timed and paced, though the digital FX appear a little on the cheap side. I would imagine that the "foreignness" of it likely turned off many viewers, which might explain its chilly-to-hostile reception. Never mind. Casual horror fans may not care, but for Hooper fans it's a must.

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