Rise of the Zombies

'Deadlands 2: Trapped' premieres Saturday evening

'Deadlands 2: Trapped' premieres Saturday evening

October 23, 2008|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

If Hagerstown were overrun with zombies, Hagerstown 10 Cineplex is the last place you'd want to be, indie filmmaker Gary Ugarek said.

There's no where to run, no one to hear you scream. You can see where this is going.

Ugarek, a zombie movie fan, couldn't pass up the premise for his latest flick, "Deadlands 2: Trapped." The film will premiere at Hagerstown 10 Cineplex on Saturday. Ugarek said the theater will show the movie Friday, Oct. 31, through Thursday, Nov. 6.

Ugarek, who lives in Montgomery County, Md., filmed the bulk of "Deadlands 2" at Hagerstown 10 Cineplex, though other scenes were filmed in parts of Maryland and Virginia.

"I kinda dig Hagerstown," Ugarek said.

The film took nearly a year to shoot; the crew finished filming Oct. 3. Ugarek said the film called for 520 extras - including Herald-Mail Reporter Don Aines - who were paid in food, free movie screenings and occasional hotel stays.


Ugarek said inspiration for the film came from his love of zombie movies and from his anecdotal experience in the field of biotechnology. While much of the industry is focused on saving lives, there could be a darker side.

"What if they could create a bio weapon that could turn people into zombies?" Ugarek said.

Though the titles are similar, Ugarek said that "Deadlands 2" isn't a sequel to his first film, "Deadlands: The Rising." The first movie was more of a character study, while "Deadlands 2" was cut like an action flick, Ugarek said.

Theatergoers can expect some zombie movie kitsch. Jim Krut, AKA the Helicopter Zombie from "Dawn of the Dead" (1978), has a starring role in "Deadlands 2."

Ugarek said to also expect substance.

So far, initial feed back has been that the movie looks high quality, as though it cost more than $5,800 to shoot, Ugarek said.

He also wanted to keep it clean. There's some foul language but no nudity - Ugarek doesn't like nudity in horror movies. But they did shoot a bar scene at a strip club in Arlington. The clothes stay on, Ugarek said.

If you go ...

WHAT: Premiere of "Deadlands 2: Trapped"

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25

WHERE: Hagerstown 10 Cineplex, Leitersburg Pike, east of Hagerstown

COST: $7 at the door. Cash only.

MORE: Check out trailers on Myspace, at

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