‘Make your wish. Pay the price.’
Conjuring the Genie is a 2021 British supernatural horror film about a young lady that unwittingly unleashes a demonic genie from an ancient amulet. Also known as Evil Genie and Devil Djinn
A sequel, Conjuring the Genie II, arrived in 2022.
The movie stars Megan Purvis (Rise of the Mummy; The Young Cannibals; Th’dread Rattlin’), Nicola Wright (Exorcist Vengeance; The Curse of Humpty Dumpty; Hatched; Amityville Cornfield), Sarah T. Cohen (HellKat; Cupid; Witches of Amityville Academy), Barbara Dabson (Rats Reborn; Rise of the Mummy; The Candy Witch), Stephanie Lodge (Medusa: Queen of the Serpents; The Mermaid’s Curse; Don’t Speak) and Amanda-Jade Tyler.
After the passing of her father, Morgan (Megan Purvis) is told by her course tutor she must complete an assignment on an urban legend. Morgan and her friends awake the demonic genie from an amulet. Their wishes are granted one by one. Morgan is granted the wish of her father’s life back.
However, soon, the group of friends realise their wishes are about to turn deadly – and they will realise the horrors the genie can create…
“There’s a lot of character set up and dialogue, but in this case, it’s important to the plot rather than just padding the movie out; to understand Morgan’s friends’ choices of wishes requires knowledge of why. But once the demon (played by the other go-to monster in a suit guy Bao Tieu) starts plying his trade, there’s a lot of fun in seeing the wishes go wrong…” Dark Eyes of London
” …this one lingers over the characters’ daily drama with mixed results (Sarah T Cohen is always good in these things, but other cast members are notably less charismatic). When they eventually come through the payoffs to the ‘wishes’ prove memorable, and despite this being an evil genie movie Jeffrey still manages to get more use out of that mummy costume from Rise of the Mummy.” Gav Crimson
“In terms of make-up effects, whilst the djinn looks absolutely nothing like any traditional iteration of the mythical demon, there’s a clear delineation between the look this djinn and the demonic genie from 1987’s The Lamp […] Yes the film follows a familiar formula but it’s still, at least in my opinion, a lot of fun. It’s just a shame this is a little bloodless for a horror film!” Nerdly
“The actors are interesting casting choices and their deliveries are stiff but good enough. This is horror for beginners, given that beginners care about characters with baggage. But the sadness of this film finds refuge in strong subplots. I liked the story but I didn’t like how it made me feel.” Tales of Terror
“Conjuring the Genie’s Djinn itself doesn’t look anything like the beings from Arab folklore. It’s a rather generic-looking monster who’s mask doesn’t let its mouth move when it talks. There’s no gore either, but with this being a Scott Jeffrey film that’s not a shock. Effects cost money and slow down filming.” Voices from the Balcony
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