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Lions Gate Films Intl. will debut two teen horror pics at the upcoming London Screenings and Mifed, including the newly retitled spoof “Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday The 13th” from Rhino Films as well as TeleMunchen’s German-language thriller “Flashback.”

“Shriek,” to which Lions Gate acquired worldwide rights from Rhino late last year, when the pic was still known as “I Know What You Screamed Last Semester,” will be skipping a domestic theatrical release in favor of a cable preem Oct. 17 as part of USA Network’s “Shriek Week,” a pre-Halloween slate of scary movies.

Directed by John Blanchard and written by Sue Bailey and Joe Nelms, “Shriek” parodies teen horror films like “Scream” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” by mocking a beautiful young reporter sent to investigate a series of murders called the Spring Break Massacre. Produced by Stephen Nemeth and Andrew Ooi, pic stars Tom Arnold, Tiffani Thiessen and Coolio.

Lions Gate will sell international rights to “Shriek” through newly acquired partner Trimark Pictures and its international distribution executives Sergei Yershov and Andy Reimer.

Change of title

Title change was anticipated (Daily Variety, Aug. 10). Sources say the switch comes courtesy of strong suggestions from Miramax Films, which has a history of being territorial when it comes to its hit “Scream.” Miramax sued Columbia Pics in 1997, alleging an implied connection between Col’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Scream.”

Rhino, which faced its own legal threats from Miramax during production of the horror spoof, had previously insisted on retaining its use of the word “Scream” in the title — even to the point of increasing the film’s errors and omissions insurance policy from $10,000 to $500,000.

“There could not have been a more opportune time for a movie like ‘Shriek,’ ” Yershov said. “The genre has exploded worldwide and we expect it to be very well received at the upcoming markets.”

Added Lions Gate Intl. prexy Joe Drake, ” ‘Shriek’ is exactly the type of film that Sergei and Andy, who oversee Trimark’s international distribution, have been so successful in launching. We expect this to be the first of many titles they will be handling as our two companies come together.”

Debut feature

“Flashback,” which is available worldwide outside Germany, is the feature film debut for director Michael Karen II. The screenplay was written by veteran scribe Jimmy Sangster (“Dracula”) and Natalie Scharf. Concorde Filmed Entertainment served as executive producer.

“Flashback” is the story of a young woman who rebuilds her life 10 years after witnessing her parents’ murder only to discover the killer is back. “Flashback” grossed more than $1.1 million following its German release in April.