Now playing in select theaters across the country, as well as on digital and VOD (Video on Demand), is the horror film, The Djinn.
The film stars Ezra Dewey, Rob Brownstein, and Tevy Poe. The film centers pretty entirely around Dewey, and believe it or not, he has very few speaking lines.
If you are not familiar with the term “djinn,” here is a brief explanation from the Oxford Dictionary.
A Djinn is an intelligent spirit of lower rank than the angels, able to appear in human and animal forms and to possess humans.
I’m actually familiar with Djinns. My husband and I watch A LOT of videos on YouTube from Nuke’s Top 5 and Slapped Ham. They have posted videos where people have had the unfortunate chance encounter with Djinns, and it never goes well – ever.
In The Djinn we meet Dylan and his father. Dylan and his dad, Michael (Brownstein) just moved into a new apartment. We learn that Dylan’s mom committed suicide prior to their move.
Dylan is unable to speak. The film never goes into the reason why, but we can see from a huge scar on his chest that he must have had some kind of surgery that rendered him unable to speak.
While settling into their new place, Dylan comes across a creepy book. Inside there is a spell that could grant him his one true desire – his voice.
One night, when Dylan’s father is gone away for business, Jacob performs that ritual involving a candle, blood (his own) and a mirror. Dylan performs that ritual, but nothing happens. He cannot speak.
Unbeknown to Dylan at this time, the ritual released an evil Djinn who is out for Dylan’s soul. It doesn’t take long for Dylan to realize he’s not alone in his new home. To make matters worse, he’s trapped inside (the door won’t open, and the windows won’t break). He’s also unable able to call for help (he can’t speak).
Now Dylan has to fight for his life and try to survive until the stroke of midnight, otherwise the Djinn will kill him and take his soul back to hell with him.
Will Dylan survive? Can he send the Djinn back to where it belongs, before it’s too late? To find out, go see or rent The Djinn. Look for it at your local theater or on VOD.
First and foremost, kudos to young Ezra Dewey. He was the center of this film, and on screen the entire time. The other actors are minor characters with very little film time. I’m not sure when this film was made, but I’d have to guess he was 14 or 15 when this film was made. Carrying and entire film like this is very impressive, especially considering he utters so few words (remember, he cannot speak).
I’m also impressed with the fact that that entire film happens inside a very small apartment.
I must say, if you ever find an old book, and you find spells or ritual inside, please DON’T do them. You would think after so many horror movies where this sort of stuff happens (an evil entity gets released), people would know better. Ha Ha.
This isn’t a high tech film with out-of-this-world special effects. While there are some cool special effects, there are not that many. The true horror comes from seeing a 12 year old boy, trapped inside a small apartment, trying to stay alive.
The Djinn takes different forms in this film. Poor Dylan has no idea what will come after him next.
I am a die hard horror movie fan, and it takes A LOT to impress me. While I wasn’t scared watching this film, per say, I did give me “food for thought.” That is, what would I do if I was trapped inside our tiny condo with an evil spirit trying to kill me? I know I could never last as long as Dylan did.
The ending of this film was unexpected. I never saw it coming. Another kudos to the film makers for that surprise ending.
If you are easily scared, you might find yourself hopping out of your seat a few times throughout this film. If you are die hard horror fan, you won’t be scared, but I think you might be impressed.
There is very little blood or gore in this film either.
The Djinn has a run time of an hour and twenty two minutes, and is rated “R.” It’s released from IFC Midnight.
I looked up the film on Rotten Tomatoes, and it already has a 84% from critics, and 85% from ordinary people like you and I. That is pretty impressive too.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to review this film. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.