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.
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.
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.
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.