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Review: 'Jinn' can't rise above horror cliches
Review: 'Jinn' can't rise above horror cliches

Despite OK visual effects, a few chills and some newfangled movie monsters, writer-director Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad’s supernatural thriller “Jinn” often feels like one-half of an old grindhouse double bill.  It’s a watchable if rather convoluted effort. The titular jinn, according to Eastern mythology, are one of three races created “In the beginning…” (the other two are man and angels).  Conveniently--for a horror film, anyway--the mysterious jinn are nothing if not flexible.  These time- and shape-shifting beings can be good or bad, peaceful or violent, invisible or in your face (at times they resemble upright fireplaces). ...