Tobe Hooper Haunted By Djinn

He'll direct the genie horror pic

Tobe Hooper Haunted By Djinn

by James White |
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Tobe Hooper, the man who brought the world **The Texas **Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist and more, just can’t stop dabbling in dark forces. Abu Dhabi-based Imagenation has announced that he’ll tackle Arabian horror Djinn for the company.

David Tully has penned the script, which will apparently offer a fresh twist on the haunted house genre and digs into the horrific history of fairytales about genies. The story follows a young Emirati couple that come home from America to lovely new apartment in a sparkling, fresh-built high-rise. There’s just one small detail the construction company forgot to mention – the place was erected on the site of an abandoned fishing village and is the home to a nasty group of Djinn. Who welcome the new arrivals with fruit baskets and a guided tour of the neighb… No, sorry. They unleash terror.

“The horror genre speaks an international language and I am so pleased to be involved in a project with Imagenation that will transcend cultures and borders,” says Hooper in a statement. “Simply put, this movie will scare everyone, no matter where you live or what you believe in!"

One of the more intriguing wrinkles of the production, aside from the fact that it’ll shoot in the United Arab Emirates starting later this month, is that short film director Nayla Al Khaja will be performing the double duty of making sure the cultural references are accurate and learning the art of wielding the megaphone on a full-length film from Hooper…

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