By MICHAEL GINGOLD
A child’s fondest desire leads to terror in the upcoming IFC Midnight release.
THE DJINN will open at New York City’s IFC Center, Los Angeles’ Laemmle NoHo7 and other theaters across the country May 14, and will also be available on VOD/digital platforms. Written and directed by David Charbonier and Justin Powell (THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR), the film stars Ezra Dewey, Rob Brownstein, Tevy Poe, John Erickson, Donald Pitts, Jilbert Daniel, Omaryus Luckett, Collin Joe and Isaiah Mansfield. The synopsis: “The story follows a mute twelve-year-old, Dylan Jacobs [Dewey], as he discovers a mysterious book of spells inside his new apartment. Grieving the loss of his mother, and feeling isolated from everyone except for his father, Dylan performs a ritual that promises to deliver his heart’s desire: to have a voice. But he soon discovers that every gift has a toll when a sinister djinn arrives to collect his soul. Now trapped in his new home with nowhere to hide, Dylan must find a way to survive until the stroke of midnight or pay the ultimate price.”
According to the filmmakers, “We made this film as a testament to the spirit of independent filmmaking. Our story is framed in horror, but we hope that its themes of strength and survival will encourage children and adults alike to love themselves despite their perceived shortcomings.”