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Currently abroad helming a tale of Middle-Eastern terror, Tobe
Hooper discusses his attraction to shooting DJINN in the United Arab
DJINN sees Khaled and Salama, an Emirati couple, returning home
from the U.S. only to find the titular forces invading their apartment. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
director explains, “It’s the best screenplay that I’ve read in many years, and
it was much more of what I’ve always wanted to do. It’s more of a metaphysical
thriller, laced with extremely good characters."
The idea of Djinn is steeped within Muslim culture and
something I’ve personally seen to be taken very seriously. On approaching the
subject overseas, Hooper remarks, “I should say that I have done my very best in
integrating into the culture. But yes, I had guidelines. You can’t just
parachute into a new culture or place without having someone help you."
As far as the population’s willingness to discuss Djinn: “It’s
in the Quran that God created men and he created Djinn. So they’re in parallel
worlds, and you actually can’t be a believer in one thing without believing in
the other. So there was no reluctance.”
On modern horror and working within it as a veteran: “A lot
of films that I’ve seen made, particularly for the commercial market, in the
U.S. have become more-or-less action films. Quite a lot of them anyway. There
are a few films where a story is actually told. I take film as seriously as I
did in the beginning, and I love it as much. It’s just that the world has
changed. I’m not crystallized—I’m aware of that, and so I change with the
world. At least, I do my best.
“It’s much harder to scare people in the conventional way.
When I made CHAINSAW, people jumped and screamed. POLTERGEIST, they were still
screaming in the theater. Now they’ve seen everything, they’ve totally had
their appetites filled, and the reactions aren’t as new now because they’re not
in some kind of psychological context.”
For more, you can see what Hooper previously had to say about the film and some
set pics right here.
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