The fact that American Horror director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist) worked with Imagenation Abu Dhabi on a supernatural thriller that takes place in the United Arab Emirates is interesting enough. Now add rumors that the UAE Royal Family wants to bury the film, Djinn, and the intrigue factor rises exponentially.
Earlier this week, Upcoming Horror Movies quoted “someone” close to the Royal Family as saying: “They do not appreciate its portrayal of the UAE and considers the movie to be politically subversive, and that they’ve paid off the studio’s chairman, Mohammed Al Mubarak, to bury it.” Adding… “The whole cast and crew is furious with Imagenation. They are telling everybody different stories. One actor in the film was even told by someone at the studio that it would never be released because it portrays a ‘witchcraft belief that the country does not acknowledge’.” That’s unbelievable!,” another source close to the production said. “Everybody knows what’s really going on but they’re afraid to talk because they think Al Mubarak will start a smear campaign against them in the Emirati press – which is not exactly fair or free.”
Read the studio’s response and see the epic 4-minute trailer over at FilmSponge.com!