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'Hills' seals pacts; Lightning cleans up with 'Dust'

Spirit Entertainment, headed by husband and wife producing team Cassandra Peterson and Mark Pierson, has closed five international territorial deals for its gothic-horror comedy “Elvira’s Haunted Hills.”

Pic has been acquired by Classic 99 for Australia, Videosonic for Greece, Elysee for Benelux, Lizard for Russia and Mediapro for Romania. Pic has its European premiere here on Saturday.

Elvira (the campy vamp portrayed by Peterson) has had a cult following in Europe, Japan and Australia since the 1989 release of “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.”

The new pic also stars Richard O’Brien (writer, creator and co-star of “Rocky Horror Picture Show”).

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Lightning Ent. has picked up international sales rights for director Eric Small’s feature debut “The Dust Factory.”

Exec produced by Bahr Prods.’ Erika Lockridge and produced by Tani Cohen, pic stars Armin Mueller-Stahl, Hayden Panettiere and Ryan Kelley.

Consulting producer Jonathan Dana, attorney Mark Halloran, and Lightning president Richard S. Guardian brokered deal.

Pic is the story of a boy transported to a magical world after an accident where he meets his grandfather and falls in love for the first time with a vivacious girl.

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