For all its posturing, this is not a psychological thriller like Don't Look Now or a supernatural thriller like Sixth Sense . No, the best comparison is with Jacob's Ladder . This is basically a light-weight, teenager-friendly version of that disjointed mess, with all the problems and none of the assets of the original film. For example, this is only about eighty minutes long, which gives little for developing any kind of plot. Let's face it, what plot there is just is n't worth developing.
However, there is at least one good thing about the film. Eliza Dushku doesn't play the stereotypical walking bad girl cliche that she does in every other film she'sever been in. No, here she plays a Goth chick, the protagonist's best friend.
Most of the film is psychological suspense, undermined by the fact that the characters are so unbelievably stupid that they deserve to die. In the current post- Scream era, they decide to split up and let the killer wipe them out one by one!
This is more or less a big-budget feature-length version of Urban Gothic. The only special effects, except for the ominous background noise every time something scary is about to happen, are when the Djinn is revealed at the climax of the film.