B-movie horror film ‘Visible Scars’ features a backwoods psycho named Mike Gillis

I’m a big horror guy. I’ll confess (and it is a confession, since I can safely say, even as a fan of the genre, that most of these movies are terrible) that I’ve seen most of the horror films released in the last 10 years. But today I came across one I haven’t seen: “Visible Scars“.

The B-movie, released in 2012, is about a woman that goes to a cabin where a psychotic, backwoods, scumbag murderer kidnapped and raised twin girls before they died in a fire. Naturally, the house is haunted by their spirits, because that’s how these things tend to go.

The movie stars character actor Tom Sizemore and won the award for best feature film at Shockfest, a popular horror film festival. But for our purposes, the most notable thing about it is that the psychotic, backwoods, scumbag, murderer-kidnapper is named… Mike Gillis. From Reddit:

Let us pause here to marvel at this. Does he inexplicably start going by Michael D. Gillis after a few years?

This is pretty great, and it goes beyond the name. Think about it: this is a movie about a full-blown creep named Mike Gillis who assumed control of twins that someone else did all the work to get. Was it written by a vengeful Brian Burke?

Nope. Richard Turke, actually (which definitely sounds like a pseudonym for Brian Burke).

Now, it’s possible — likely, even — that this is all just a coincidence. Mike Gillis is certainly a more common name than Harrison Mooney, say. But it does seem a little suspicious that Turke, who also wrote this film, is a native of Hinsdale, Illinois, which is about 30 minutes outside of Chicago. The film also debuted at the Chicago Horror Film Festival. In other words, if the maker of this film is a hockey fan, he’s likely a Chicago Blackhawks fan.

Is it possible that, on top of being a filmmaker, Turke is a puckhead with a wicked sense of humour? That’s a longshot, but we’ve reached out to him just in case.

While we wait on his response, here’s the trailer for this thing:

16 comments

  1. JanBan
    July 16, 2013

    Ahh, the offseason…

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    • Harrison Mooney
      July 16, 2013

      Hey now. We’d have written about this in the on-season too. It’s just that it would have been buried by actual hockey coverage.

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      • Nee
        July 16, 2013

        It’s true. You guys are weird. ; )

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      • John in Marpole
        July 17, 2013

        Harrison, IMDb lists the release date as November 12, 2012. Had it previously been released in 2010, as per your post?

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  2. PB
    July 16, 2013

    I watched this movie. And it was bad. And I don’t remember why I watched it. But it was bad. I forgot about the MG part though. Because it was that bad. If only it had had a tornado of sharks…

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  3. iain
    July 17, 2013

    EVERY film should have a tornado of sharks

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    • John in Marpole
      July 17, 2013

      Speaking of which, Syfy has confirmed today that there will be a Sharknado 2 in 2014. This time the flying sharks will be snacking on The Big Apple

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  4. J21 (@Jyrki21)
    July 17, 2013

    Meh, I work with like six different Harrison Mooneys. OK, one is a Quebecker, Hérisson Monet. And of course the Swede Hårisson Möni.

    (Note: the above may be a lie).

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    • Keith
      July 17, 2013

      so THAT’S where the rest of the 80s r’n'b group Mooney Monet Möni wound up!

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  5. JW
    July 17, 2013

    Please tell me Gillis is played by Tom Sizemore

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  6. Tengeresz
    July 17, 2013

    As usual, the witty article is enhanced by the witty banter in the comments.

    Slow clap.

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    • Aaron
      July 17, 2013

      C l a p C l a p C l a p

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  7. Greg
    July 17, 2013

    I’m surprised in the off-season lull that there hasn’t been much written on the Iginla contract. I have to think that it goes against the spirit of the CBA regarding the bonuses for over 35 year olds since hitting 10 games is almost guaranteed and then defers his bonus to next year. I understand that the salary is then removed from their cap next year (likely to go up) but it still seems contrary to what was likely intended and is being abused to spend over the cap in a year that they feel they are close to a cup.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      July 17, 2013

      Well, we’re not a Flames blog so we wouldn’t write about it here. But I agree, it totally violates the spirit of the CBA and no one seems to care.

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  8. MB13
    July 18, 2013

    so NOW you think the CBA has a spirit?

    They are playing within the confines of the rules of the CBA – why would anyone have an issue with it?

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