American invasion filmed in New Bedford, premiere date

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NEW BEDFORD – A zombie movie set in New Bedford and shot exclusively on the South Coast, will premiere at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church on October 16.

“It’s a roller coaster ride. Once the action starts, it just doesn’t stop. It doesn’t let go and you just have to strap yourself in for the ride, ”said Garry Medeiros, writer and director of“ Plaga Zombie: American Invasion ”.

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Based on the 1997 Argentinian film series of the same name, the horror comedy is about a zombie outbreak in New Bedford and the decision to blow up a fault line to send the city into the ocean.

The film stars Ben Tolosa, Matthew G. Hill, Corey Spencer and Walter Rivero.

“It’s very similar to the tongue and the cheek… a burlesque style,” Medeiros said. “It’s a fun movie.”

Medeiros said it all started because he was friends with the original filmmakers and made a joke about the American version. “In fact, they really supported him, surprisingly, and they allowed me to do our version here,” Medeiros said.

Garry Medeiros, director, with crew member Kevin Luiz on the set of "Plaga Zombie: American Invasion."

Filming began in 2014, but was delayed for a year after their special effects artist dropped out. Then, from 2015 to 2018, filming took place around the South Coast region. The majority of the shoots took place in a studio that Medeiros and his crew built in a warehouse at the end of Route 18. They also shot scenes at New Bedford Town Hall, around Wareham and on a beach. from Westport.

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Medeiros said it was all on deck, with several people working across multiple crew positions – including his wife, Cheryl LaPan, who learned how to do zombie makeup and special effects on her own.

“If you make a campy horror movie, people are more forgiving,” Medeiros admitted. “When it comes to a small budget, this is actually one of the easiest to achieve.”

Cheryl La Pan Does Zombie Makeup On The Set Of "Zombie Plaga: American Invasion" filmed in the New Bedford area.

Not the first film from director Garry Medeiros

Born and raised in Dartmouth, Medeiros grew up making home movies with his old VHS camera with friends. Medeiros now works as a video specialist for a company in Fall River.

In 2007, he released his first feature film, “The Terror Factor”, about a murderer who escaped from a mental hospital to take revenge on his town only to come face to face with the town’s current serial killer. .

Garry Medeiros edits

Medeiros can’t wait for everyone to see his second feature film. “Every time I see it I just see all the flaws and mistakes that I’ve made. But, you know, if I walk away from it I think it’s a fun movie,” Medeiros said. .

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“Mainly because it was a very difficult road to get here. It was a tough movie to shoot and making it was a lot of work for everyone, ”he added. “And I’m really proud of everyone’s hard work. “

“Plaga Zombie: American Invasion” has already been accepted at the Fright Night Film Festival in Kentucky on October 1 and the Atlanta Horror Film Festival online from October 8-10.

Matthew G Hill, left, Corey Spencer and Ben Tolosa starring in the film

World premiere in New Bedford

The world premiere of the event in New Bedford will be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church on October 16 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The film, which runs for an hour and 45 minutes, premiered with the cast and crew earlier this summer.

“Everyone seemed to really like it and we got a really good response,” said Medeiros. “They are so curious to see what the rest of the public thinks about it.”

What’s next for Medeiros? He considered moving away from the horror genre, but he says everyone seems to want him to do another one. “I haven’t decided yet,” he said.

Zombies featured in the movie

And for those filmmakers who might want to go his way, Medeiros says it’s easy to make a good movie these days. “With all the technology available like cameras, computers, editing software… it’s so much easier for a filmmaker,” he said.

“A lot of people get upset because they think they need the money to make a good movie and you don’t,” added Medeiros. “All you need is a good story and the will to do it.

“There shouldn’t be a reason you can’t just do it.”

Standard-Times team writer Seth Chitwood can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter: @ChitwoodReports. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Standard-Times today.


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