Be afraid, be very afraid: 'Djinn' brings horror to life in Abu Dhabi

Published October 2nd, 2013 - 06:43 GMT
Screenshot from 'Djinn' (Image:
Screenshot from 'Djinn' (Image:

A major UAE horror movie is to get its world premiere at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival next month.

Djinn is directed by Tobe Hooper, one of Hollywood’s biggest horror directors and is filmed in Ras Al Khaimah and Dubai. Hooper is previously known for shooting some of the most successful horror movies of all time, including ‘Poltergeist’ and the original ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’.

It is the first time that a major international horror movie has been filmed in the UAE, organisers said at a press conference at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace on Tuesday.

Teresa Cavina, the festival’s director of programming, told 7DAYS that the film was a powerful way for the Emirati crew to learn about making a film for an international audience.

“So many of the technical crew were Emirati. Here they are learning from a Hollywood director, so theproject was really, really valuable learning experience. “

Cavina said she had seen the film and said that, like all horror movies, it has its “pluses and minuses”. Djinn will have its premiere on Friday, October 25 at 6pm at Emirates Palace and will be the first film shown at the festival, which continues until November 2.

It tells the tale of a young Emirati couple who move back to an apartment building in Ras Al Khaimah, only to discover that many of the occupants may not be human. Meanwhile, anAmerican backpacker travels to a nearby fishing community and discovers some dark secrets.

Hooper is believed to have kept blood and gore to a minimum, focusing instead on the psychological terror the couple experience. Meanwhile, the film organisers said on Tuesday that they are hoping to have one of the stars of ‘A Life of Crime’ appear at the festival. The film stars Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins and Mos Def but the Festival crew would not say which one might make it to the festival.

However, one insider said that the organisers are actively seeking out Jennifer Aniston for an appearance.

“I can’t say anything officially but certainly, she has been invited to come,” the source said.

Other highlights include ‘Enough Said’, one of the last films made by the late Sopranos star, James Gandolfini. It also stars Catherine Keener and former Seinfeld actress, Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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