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Sci Fi Channel, RHI Ent. Bring Thrills, Horrors

Sci Fi Channel and RHI Ent. have entered into a network license agreement for a slate of U.S. premiere television movies.

The deal includes basic cable rights for five new horror and thriller projects. Two of the films have already wrapped production on location in Romania, including HELLHOUNDS, directed by Ricky Schroder (ANDROMEDA STRAIN, 24). Set in 500 B.C., HELLHOUNDS stars Scott Elrod (MEN IN TREES) as a Greek warrior who fights against the demonic hellhounds of Hades in order to rescue his bride (Amanda Brooks, MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL) and bring her back to life.

RISE OF THE GARGOYLE has also just completed production. It stars Eric Balfour (24, SIX FEET UNDER) as a struggling author in Paris who finds himself face to face with a horrific monster -- a real live version of the stone gargoyles he's devoted his life to studying. RISE OF THE GARGOYLE is directed by Bill Corcoran (ATOMIC TWISTER, VIPERS).

Production on the following films, also to be shot on location in Romania, is set to begin shortly:

--ALIEN WESTERN -- Set in an old west town in the 1890's, monstrous buglike machines from another world attack anyone who gets in their way;

--CARNEY -- Based on the Jersey Devil legend, a fiendish carnival sideshow attraction, half-animal and half-devil, escapes and terrorizes the denizens of a Depression-era Mid-Atlantic town;

--SAND SERPENTS -- American combat soldiers in the Afghan desert must battle both the Taliban and a horde of giant carnivorous wormlike serpents awakened from under the earth.

The two-hour television movies are produced for RHI by Muse Ent. Enterprises. Michael Prupas, President and CEO of Muse Ent., serves as executive producer, along with Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr. of RHI Ent. RHI also will distribute these titles in key territories worldwide.