Watch: Trailer for Tobe Hooper's 'Politically Subversive' Horror 'Djinn'

January 10, 2012
Source: MovieSushi

Tobe Hooper's Djinn Trailer

I'm not looking to kick up any political dust here, but this is quite an intriguing trailer. Horror master Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist) shot a film in the United Arab Emirates last year called Djinn, about a couple who return from a trip to the US to discover that their apartment is haunted by a malevolent being. There were recent reports that distributor Imagenation Abu Dhabi was going to shelf the film for being "politically subversive", but new reports say it's still on track to be released this year. Italian site MovieSushi (via STYD) found the first long promo trailer, and it's honestly rather boring. Take a look!

Watch the first lengthy promo trailer for Tobe Hooper's Djinn, originally via MovieSushi:

An Emirati couple (played by Khalid Laith and Razane Jammal) return from a trip to the United States only to discover that their new apartment has been built on a site that is home to some malevolent beings.

Djinn is directed by horror master and American filmmaker Tobe Hooper, of films like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Eaten Alive, Poltergeist, Night Terrors, The Mangler, Crocodile and Mortuary previously. The screenplay was written by newcomer David Tully, of only a German TV movie called The Village. This was filmed entirely in the United Arab Emirates early last year, but Imagenation Abu Dhabi has held onto it since. We're not sure when, or if ever, we'll see this film in the US, but at least we get a glimpse at the trailer.

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  • peloquin
    Wow...that was really boring.
  • Daren
    Trailer opening was nicely unsettling...then the main stars come along and meh...
  • Anonymous
    not saying film is boring but they cut a badly made trailer with too much talking about nothing lol
  • Peter
    Looks like a good movie to me
  • grimjob
     I just hope it doesn't let me down the way Carpenter's last flick The Ward did.
  • dude
    Why would you be kicking up any political dust? 
    • Richie G
      Yeah, what you said
    Oooh! Djinns. Whenever I here of Djinns it reminds me of SUPERNATURAL, and ALADDIN! Slowburn? Looks good.
  • Smitty2k2
    Low budget, boring-ass garbage.
    • 4k4shifty
      Cool story, bro! Thanks for sharing.
  • Spider
    This is an atypical trailer with cool cinematography that simply sets up what the main plot point would be and hardly showing, the "Djinn". I'd still check this flick out, but not at the theater!
  • Has he made a good movie since The Texas Chainsaw Massacre?  I'm going to imdb.  I'll be back.
    • tommyturner
      Yes, The Funhouse.
  • Poltergeist.  That may be it. 
    • tommyturner
      Spielberg did Poltergeist.  Don't let anyone tell you different.
  • Anonymous
    ughhhh..... that was exhausting 
  • Scared S#!tless
  • Ryderup
    "I'm not looking to kick up any political dust here" - HAha. what an american comment. Come on.
    • No I just mean, I don't want to say something in my write up on the trailer and have people starting some pointless political/religious debate because of that. We're all just here to enjoy good cinema, right?! :)
  • Looks to have promise. Seems like a slow-burn, which is good as too many horror films have gone for the hyper-kinetic, jump editing that never lets a real sense of dread build. We will see if Hooper does it here or not, but I am far more interested in Djinn then I was was for The Devil Inside.
  • Misterbiglee
    that was about as scary as care bears !
  • Jinn (or Djinn) are an integral part of Islam, hence any accurate portrayal will have religious overtones--and that's likely what the UAE Royal Family took offense to in terms of the rumors that the film won't be released.  The Jinn have been overly romanticized for Western audiences (genies), and Americans haven't had the benefit of seeing how horrific these supernatural beings really are.  Wishmaster was fun, but not accurate in its depiction of the Jinn.  In addition to Djinn, there is another movie in post-production, Jinn the Movie, that is aimed at introducing the West to the Jinn.  Also, a book, The Jinn, has just been released which tells the story of three American girls who join the Peace Corps and travel to Morocco where they face the horrors of the Jinn and their fiery destinies.  Hopefully, these three works will help American audiences adapt to a new horror sub-genre and start edging out the sparkly vampires and other worn-out horror figures.
  • John9283
    This isnt the trailer!  From what i heard this was a rough cut trailer made right after they finished shooting to show the council of the production company. This is the official trailer note the cuts and colors :)




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