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by Thomas M. Sipos, managing editor [November 12, 2011]





[]  In 2009, Illinois filmmaker Jose C. Gomez's won three Tabloid Witch Awards for his zombie film, Bled White. He now returns to the screen with Plastic, a discomforting look into the dark soul of a sordid psychpath who kidnaps women, to torture and kill them in his plastic-covered lair.

Plastic is is not for everyone. Its serial killer evokes the ugly and pathetic murderers who populate Maniac and Don't Go in the House. Killers who lack the charm and intellect of a Hannibal Lecter, or the sensitivty (however warped) of a Norman Bates.




"Many serial killer films dehumanize the killer by attributing to them strange powers or unworldly characteristics," says Gomez. "I wanted Albert (played by North Roberts) to be as honest to his vicious nature as a killer could really be." Gomez cites The Shining and Pyscho as influences. "But most of my inspiration was drawn from real life accounts of serial killings that I'd researched."

Like Bled White, Plastic is an often unpleasant look into human darkness. "I'm attracted to how people react during times of trial," explains Gomez. "Humans are at their worst, and best, during moments of severe danger. I like exploring these scenarios as far as my characters are concerned.

"But dark themes are only one of my interests. I've written comedies and dramas. I hope to work on those next, before coming back to horror."



Gomez says that Plastic had a production budget of "about $50,000." It was shot over 13 days on an HPX 170 camera.

"Everything was planned. We had little room for mistakes. We filmed everything in the Chicago area. The house scenes were shot in Villa Park, Illinois."

Gomez is building a repertoire of actors for future productions. Much of Plastic's cast draws from Bled White, including Colleen Boag, who won a Best Supporting Actress Tabloid Witch for the film.

"I feel fortunate that I've built this relationship with a great group of people," says Gomez. "I want to keep making films with them for as long as they want to work with me. We both started out at the very beginning, so I hope we can reach our goals together."

Plastic had its cast and crew screening in September 2011. Gomez has begun entering it into film festivals. He is also seeking a distributor. He may be contaced at SkiBoFilms.

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