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4 Arab horror films to explore this Halloween season

As the winds of October usher in the eerie vibes of Halloween, here are four Arab horror movies to brace yourself for the spooky season.

1. Djinn (2013)

Directed by Tobe Hooper and produced by Abu Dhabi’s Image Nation, “Djinn” provides a contemporary interpretation of traditional Emirati folklore. Starring Khaled Laith, Razan Jamal, and Aiysha Hart, the plot unfolds around a couple who, following the distressing loss of their child, return home to find themselves amid mysterious and unsettling occurrences believed to be caused by a djinn.


2. Dachra (2018)

“Dachra”, a Tunisian film directed by Abdelhamid Bouchnak, propels its audience into a haunting investigation led by journalism students delving into a mysterious village imbued with disconcerting rituals and sorcery.


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3. The Talisman (1987)

“The Talisman” exhibits a distinctive approach to the horror genre by incorporating themes of familial ties and property disputes. Directed by Mohammed Shebl, the film delineates the ensuing adversities faced by a family as they navigate through pressures and mysterious occurrences following their refusal to sell their home.


4. The Humans And The Jinns (1985)

Mohamed Radi’s “The Humans And The Jinns” pivots towards a fusion of romance and horror, set against the backdrop of Middle Eastern mythology. The plot revolves around the central character, Fatima, and her encounters with a supernatural entity posing as a prospective suitor. The film navigates through the thematic complexities of romance, intrigue, and supernatural occurrences.


Published on 13 October 2023

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