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: