here! Films haspicked up worldwide rights from Sneak Preview Entertainment to Paul Etheredge-Ouzts'horror picture HellBent,which is scheduled to open in North America in June in association with RegentReleasing.

HellBent is billed as one of the firsthorror/slasher projects to feature lead gay characters, who must fight forsurvival amid the backdrop of a series of killings during West Hollywood'sannual carnival.

Etheredge-Ouztswrote the screenplay and makes his feature film debut on the project, whichstars Dylan Fergus, Bryan Kirkwood, Hank Harris, Andrew Levitas, Matt Phillipsand Nick Name.

Steven J Wolfeand Joshua Silver produced and Joseph Wolf, Karen Lee Wolf and Michael J Rothserved as executive producers.

"We are excitedto bring the thrills and chills of Sneak Preview Entertainment's genre bendinghorror film HellBent to theatre-going audiences," Mark Reinhart, here! Films'executive vice president of distribution and acquisitions who negotiated thedeal for the company, said in a statement.

"We feel thatHellBent breaks new ground in the horror genre so it's a perfect match forhere! Films," Steven J Wolfe added.

Other recentpick-ups by here! Films include Trish Doolan's romantic comedy April'sShower, and JulienHernandez' mystery Unconscious (Inconscientes).