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For the construction of then-Crown Prince of Dubai Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's horseracing arenas in 2003, sand was flown from the notably sandy nation from the UK, of all places, its purity allegedly far superior to the native counterpart. When you've got the money to spare, you can afford to bring in the best. That's the thinking, in slightly more thoughtful form, behind employing genre legend Tobe Hooper ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre") to direct "Djinn," the first full-fledged horror feature in the United Arab Emirate's burgeoning film industry, produced under the auspices of Image Nation. Long awaited and long expected, it's been the source of no shortage of controversy for its two year-plus post-production process, in the course of which any number of rumors have emerged as to the cause of its delay, citing everything from extensive special effects work to political interference. Whatever the real reasons behind "Djinn"'s belated arrival, »


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