THE DJINN (2021) Reviews, trailer and release news


‘What is done cannot be undone’

The Djinn is a 2021 American horror film about Dylan, a mute young boy, who makes a wish to have a voice and unleashes a sinister monster. Now trapped in a small apartment with nowhere to hide, Dylan must find a way to survive until the stroke of midnight or pay the ultimate price.

Written and directed by David Charbonier and Justin Powell (The Boy Behind the Door), the Mad Descent-Kinogo Pictures production stars Ezra Dewey (The Boy Behind the Door), Rob Brownstein (Velvet Buzzsaw; At the Devil’s Door), Tevy Poe (Redwood Massacre: Annihilation) and John Erickson.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“There’s not an ounce of fat here, just a streamlined story packed with intensity and scares. Charbonier and Powell spin gold out of hay, weaving a chilling fairy tale that keeps you engaged throughout. The Djinn may not reinvent the concept, but it does feel fresh in these filmmakers’ hands.” Bloody Disgusting

“Though the scares are ephemeral– there’s little in the way of truly haunting material packed within its scant 80-minute runtime– it’s enough fun, and scary enough, while it lasts. The Djinn is a remarkable movie monster, so close your curtains, turn down the lights, and lock yourself in with The Djinn.” Dread Central

“While there have been plenty of movies to explore, the legends and myths of Djinns, Powell and Charbonier successfully chart new territory using seemingly well-worn tropes. The Djinn is scary and harrowing with a shocking and impactful ending. The acting is perfect, and the visuals are a masterclass in creating tension. Seek this title out as soon as possible.” Film Threat

” …The Djinn is a masterful work of tension and heart for those willing to give themselves to the story and dig a bit beneath its surface. It situates itself tonally somewhere between Are You Afraid of the Dark’s minimal and kid-centered focus and Tigers Are Not Afraid’s bleak-tinged emotional pull. A strange spot to be, perhaps, but one that works.” Killer Horror Critic

The Djinn is a great example of how indie filmmaking can utilize its shortcomings to make compelling, suspenseful stories with well-thought-out characters and a damn good monster. It’s maybe a little formulaic in its approach but those beats all resonate and all without the lead character uttering a single word! It’s a great example of visual storytelling…” Nightmare on Film Street

The Djinn manages to make a classic careful-what-you-wish-for movie into a sharp, tight, and disturbing little story, without relying on dialogue, multiple locations, or more than a handful of actors. It is the very definition of both “scrappy” and “successful” and still manages to pile scares on scares.” Rue Morgue

“It’s single location and minimal but creative use of special effects makes its production budget relatively small. However, its emotional impact is massive. The Djinn is the future of horror not just in standout performances by its young featured actor but in its ability to craft stories that stay with us long after we have watched them.” Signal Horizon Magazine

Release date:

The Djinn will be released in the USA On-Demand by IFC Midnight on May 14th 2021.


Co-filmmakers David Charbonier and Justin Powell have commented: “It is an honour to work with IFC Midnight on The Djinn. We made this story to test what we could do with limited resources, but as we developed the film it became something very special to us. We look forward to sharing the movie with audiences nationwide and collaborating with our great distribution partner!”

Cast and characters:

Ezra Dewey … Dylan Jacobs
Rob Brownstein … Michael Jacobs
Tevy Poe … Michelle Jacobs
John Erickson … The Djinn
Donald Pitts … The Old Man
Jilbert Daniel … Mover
Isaiah Dell … The Boy in Pink
Collin Joe … The Boy in Red
Omaryus Luckett … The Boy in Blue

Filming locations:

Burbank, California

Technical details:

82 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1



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