Havre de Grace native Ben Getz transforms into a werewolf in the independent film 'Uncaged,' which was released online this week.
Havre de Grace native Ben Getz transforms into a werewolf in the independent film 'Uncaged,' which was released online this week. (Courtesy of Stag Pictures / Baltimore Sun)

Havre de Grace native Ben Getz is starring in an independent werewolf film, "Uncaged," which was released online this week.

Getz, 22, graduated from New York University with a degree in theater in the spring of 2015 and is working to become a full-time actor.

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The New York City resident has had a series of parts in television, music videos and commercials. He had a small part in the network television series "Blue Bloods" in 2015 in one episode in which he shared scenes with star Tom Selleck.

In "Uncaged," a full-length, independently financed film, Getz takes on the role of young Jack Luskey, who learns he has been turning into a werewolf each night and killing people.

Despite the grim subject matter, the film also has comedic elements and a subplot involving a drug dealer.

"It's more of a comedy than it is a horror film," Getz said Wednesday.

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Havre de Grace native and New York University senior Ben Getz has been acting in various productions since he was a child, but he recently got a major break in his career when he shared two scenes with veteran Emmy-winning television actor Tom Selleck for an episode of the CBS police drama "Blue Bloods."

The movie was released Tuesday, and it is available for purchase, either in DVD or downloadable video format, on sites such as Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and via video game consoles such as Microsoft's Xbox and the Sony PlayStation.

Getz called the movie "a mixture of 'Superbad' and 'An American Werewolf in London.'"

His character spends a weekend at his uncle's cabin with his friends, and he straps a GoPro camera to his head to record his unknown nighttime activities, from which he wakes up naked in remote areas.

The camera captures footage of him as a werewolf killing people.

The movie was directed by Daniel Robbins, and it was shot about a year and a half ago in upstate New York.

Havre de Grace native Ben Getz is starring in an independent werewolf film, 'Uncaged,' which was released online this week.
Havre de Grace native Ben Getz is starring in an independent werewolf film, 'Uncaged,' which was released online this week. (Courtesy of Stag Pictures / Baltimore Sun)

Getz said the filmmakers did not want to use computer-generated effects for the werewolf transition scenes, so he had to go through a lengthy process of having prosthetic makeup attached to his face, and then the shots were filmed for each stage of the transition.

He said it took about two hours to put the prosthetics on.

"It did take a while," he said. "Those were the longest nights."

The movie also was shot during the winter, creating difficult conditions for shooting scenes when his character wakes up in the nude, he said.

Getz said reviews of the movie have been posted online, and "some are good and some are bad."

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"The feedback has been pretty good," he said. "I think the general feeling is that it's very different [from other werewolf movies]."

He said the movie has attracted praise from viewers because of the use of practical effects and its comedic elements.

"It's quite funny and it's quite comedic, and I think people enjoy that it's a little different," Getz said.

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Getz lives in the East Village in New York, and he works as a real estate agent in between auditions.

"It's fun," he said of selling real estate. "The nice thing is that it's flexible and it's dealing with people all day, so it's a different sort of acting exercise every day."

Getz grew up in Havre de Grace and graduated from Havre de Grace High School in 2011. He is the son of retired podiatrist Dr. Elaine Hirsch and architect Gary Getz, who live in Havre de Grace.

His younger sister, Leah, also enjoys acting.

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