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Araki gives horror a makeover

Malibu-set 'crEEEEps!' will cross genres for laughs

“Mysterious Skin” helmer Gregg Araki will turn to the comedy-horror genre with his next pic, “crEEEEps!”

U.K.-based Renaissance Films will finance the film and is repping foreign sales. UTA reps domestic rights.

Araki also wrote the pic, which centers on kids in a Malibu beach house who must cope with unexpected visitors.

“While I hold the deepest respect for the horror genre, my own sense is that, in 2004, it’s a bit played out,” Araki said. “Same goes for the raunchy ‘American Pie’ teen sex comedy. That’s why with ‘crEEEEps!’ I sought to cross-pollinate these two venerable but exhausted genres to create something vigorous and new.”

Araki plans to put the film in production next spring.

Mary Jane Skalski will produce the film. She also produced “Mysterious Skin,” which will be released next May by Tartan Films USA and TLA Releasing.

“We’ve been looking for a horror movie for a while,” said Renaissance’s managing director Angus Finney. “So when we found a Gregg Araki film that was subversive and very original, it fit very well into our slate.”

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