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Movie Review

‘Jinn’ better as though-unintended horror parody

A trailer for Marlon Wayans’s “A Haunted House 2” preceded the screening of “Jinn” that I attended. As a horror movie parody, “Jinn,” written and directed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, is probably funnier. As is often the case, though, the humor is unintentional.

In the beginning, a voiceover narrator intones, there were three beings created: man, made of clay; angels, made of light; and jinn, made of fire (if you forget this, don’t worry; it’s repeated half a dozen times in the course of the film). The jinn originally ruled the world (the angels, apparently, would have nothing to do with this nonsense). So, when men took over, some jinn rebelled. Which takes us to a cave in India in 1901, where a Jesus look-alike battles a jinn — a floating figure in a rubber mummy suit and a fright wig. Despite an enchanted blade, holy water from Mecca, and a protective mantra, the bearded guy ends up with a curse on all his descendants for his troubles.

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