Horror frights creep through haunted halls

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A walk around the halls of AFM throws up a mess of horror stories, and that's not counting the plethora of scary titles being sold here.

But horror always has been a mainstay genre of the market here, and this year is no different.

At the high end of the product reel is James Watkins' "Eden Lake," being sold by Pathe International here. Pathe is finalizing a deal with the Weinstein Co., a traditional horror show partner with a long tradition of scaring up audiences.

The movie details the story of a romantic weekend in the country gone horribly wrong after a happy couple is attacked by a gang of obnoxious kids.

Then there's Stuart Gordon's "Stuck," based on a true-life crime that saw a woman let a man bleed to death on the hood of her car in her garage after running him down. Rigel Entertainment is hammering out a domestic deal with Image Entertainment for the psychological frightener starring Mena Suvari and Stephen Rea.

And then there is what can best be described as B-movie fare.

This year's offerings are headlined by scream queen Tiffany Shepis ("Abominable") who has teamed with writer-director-producer Rolfe Kanefsky ("The Hazing") and producer Esther Goodstein to form Nightmareworks, an indie production company.

The partners' first project, "The Devil's Pie," is billed as "a hilarious horror flick" and will mark Shepis' directorial debut.

The film, written by Kanefsky, revolves around two young women who decide to pledge the hottest sorority on campus. Little did they know that they would be chosen to become virgin sacrifices to a demonic creature that the sisters worship in exchange for their continual success, power and beauty.

The threesome recently partnered on "Nightmare Man," which Kanefsky wrote, directed and produced. The film is one of the "8 Films to Die For" during the upcoming Lionsgate and After Dark Films Horrorfest 2007, which rolls out here Friday.

The horror continues.
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