Underscoring that the U.S. may well be one of the livelier markets at this year’s Berlin, Vertical Entertainment has taken U.S. rights to the Filmax Intl.-sold “Torment,” a holiday-in-hell horror movie from producers Borga Dorter and Jordan Barker at Canada’s Gearshift.

“Torment” screens this week at Berlin’s European Film Market.

Barker (“Duress”) also directs. Vertical will release “Torment” in U.S. cinemas early this summer. It world premiered at L.A.’s Screamfest in October.

“Torment” stars Robin Dunne (“Sanctuary”), Katharine Isabelle (“American Mary,” “Ginger Snaps”) and Peter DaCunha (“Haunter”) as the members of an ill-fated family that falls prey to a cult of sadistic madmen at their isolated country house.

“ ‘Torment’ will give us something extremely special in a genre market that has been growing exponentially in the past few years,” said Vertical’s Rich Goldberg.

“This deal gives ‘Torment’ an added value for sales in other territories,” added Ivan Diaz, head of Filmax’s international sales department.

It has already sold the rights to the pic in Mexico (Star Castle), Brazil (Santos Films), Peru (Star Films) and Hong Kong (Sundream).