Sci Fi Channel has struck a deal with RHI Entertainment to develop five original movies, including an Afghanistan-set telefilm starring Jason Gedrick, according to Variety.

The license agreement includes basic cable rights for the U.S. TV premieres of five new horror and thriller projects. Production is set to begin shortly in Romania on three of the movies:

Sand Serpents, starring Gedrick, follows American combat soldiers in the Afghan desert who battle the Taliban and a horde of giant carnivorous serpents.

Alien Western is set in an Old West town in the 1890s where monstrous buglike machines from another world attack.

Carney, based on the Jersey Devil legend, where a fiendish carnival side-show attraction escapes and terrorizes a Depression-era Mid-Atlantic town.

Also part of the deal are two previously announced movies: Hellhounds, directed by Ricky Schroder, and Rise of the Gargoyle, starring Eric Balfour. Those two just wrapped production on location in Romania.