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CANNES — RHI Entertainment has struck a basic cable licensing deal with Sci Fi Channel for five two-hour horror or thriller telepics.

All are produced for RHI by Muse Entertainment Enterprises. RHI will also distribute the films in key territories worldwide.

Two have wrapped location shoots in Romania: “Hellhounds,” directed by Rick Schroder (“Andromeda Strain,” “24”), about a Greek warrior battling in 500 B.C. against the hellhounds of Hades; and “Rise of the Gargoyle,” directed by Bill Corcoran (“Atomic Twister,” “Viper”) and starring Eric Balfour (“24,” “Six Feet Under”) as a struggling writer in Paris confronting a gargoyle monster.

The other three TV movies, also shooting on location in Romania, move into production shortly: “Alien Western,” set in an 1890s Old West township; “Carney,” based on the Jersey Devil legend; and “Sand Serpents,” with American soldiers in Afghanistan battling the Taliban and huge man-eating serpents. Films will be exec produced by Muse Entertainment prexy-CEO Michael Prupas, Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert Halmi Jr.