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We are excited to announce that, as of this past month, the next great Mihmiverse film and third in the Phantom Lake Kids trilogy, "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended," is 100% COMPLETE!

According to writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, the final film is full of laughs, excitement, and just-the-right-amount of goofiness Mihmivites have come to expect from the Phantom Lake Kids series!

In "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day The Earth Abruptly Almost Ended," Phantom Lake County is shaken by inexplicable earthquakes emanating from a local system of caves and being overrun by grossly mutated creatures of unusual size—a phenomenon which may point to the return of a long-since-forgotten menace! Thankfully, the Phantom Lake Kids (Danny & Evelyn Johnson and their friends Billy Blue, Butch, and Chip) are "on the job" and determined to solve the real mystery: what's the deal with Butch's magic hat?

Working on "The Mihmiverse Holiday Special" last year took up a large portion of the time it would have normally taken to complete this new movie. Thus everything is a little behind Mr. Mihm's normal schedule for a movie originally planned for a Spring release. As a result, a release date of Wednesday, July 27th, 2022 has been set for this new Phantom Lake Kids adventure, with the current plan to go ahead with a REAL live, in-theater event, followed shortly thereafter by a live-streamed digital premiere! Complete details haven't been set quite yet, but as soon as we have them (including when advance tickets go on sale), we'll post them!

Until then, Mr. Mihm continues to work on cutting a trailer (which he promises you'll be able to see sooner rather than later), authoring physical media, and getting all the contributor swag designed, put together, and printed. As you can see above, the design for the new film's poster is finished and we hope to have some printed and ready for purchase in the coming days!


It's with pride we announce that the latest Mihmiverse film, "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Beast Walks Among Us," has been nominated for a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Independent Film!

Since 2002, the Rondos have been fandom's only true classic horror award. They are decided by fans, for fans. Every Rondo nominee is being recognized for a significant achievement in the genre during the year of 2021. Voting is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and is done through email.

To vote, first go HERE to view the full ballot. Next, copy the ballot, paste it into an email, pick your choices ("The Phantom Lake Kids in The Beast Walks Among Us" is in section 8 of the ballot under Best Independent Film), and send it along with your name to taraco@aol.com.

That's it! AND, don't forget to pass this information on to EVERYONE YOU KNOW! We need as many people as humanly possible to make this happen!

This is the seventh Mihmiverse film to be nominated for this prestigious award after "Terror from Beneath the Earth," "Attack of the Moon Zombies," "House of Ghosts," "The Giant Spider" and "Danny Johnson Saves The World," and "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter." Of the previous Mihmiverse nominees, "House of Ghosts" was the only winner!

ALSO, if you're looking for other Mihmiverse-friendly and/or Mihmiverse-adjacent people to vote for on the extensive ballot, may we suggest "Turning the Tide" under Best Classic Horror Fiction. "Turning the Tide" features stories by the author who wrote "The Canoe Cops vs. The Mummy" and the "Atomic Tales" segments featured at the end of select episodes of The Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast, Stephen D. Sullivan.

We also suggest Monster Kid Radio under Best Podcast. Monster Kid Radio is hosted by Derek M. Koch, a long-time friend of the 'verse who has featured writer/director Christopher R. Mihm on his show numerous times. In addition, Mr. Koch has contributed to several Mihmiverse films and his voice appeared in "The Giant Spider!"

Lastly, it never hurts to write-in writer/director Christopher R. Mihm for (#26) Monster Kid of the Year or (#28) the Monster Kid Hall of Fame!

Voting closes on April 17th, so you still have a couple weeks from the publication of this newsletter to make your selection(s)! Please help give the kids who gave up their last pre-Covid summer to make this movie the reward they deserve!



Mihmiverse Blu-Rays are officially back in stock!

Each retail-ready, duplicated BD25 Blu-Ray contains a full 1080p high definition print of a Mihmiverse film. Each double-feature disc also contains an additional, remastered, highest-quality-possible standard-definition print of one of the first six films.

All films feature English audio & subtitles. Most include Esperanto audio & subtitles. All discs include commentary tracks by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and a selection of special features only available on physical media!

Each Blu-Ray costs $19.99 each or $149.99 for a full set of 12 discs—six double-feature Blu-Rays plus five single-movie Blu-Rays and a DVD copy of "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!"

NOTE: "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!" is NOT available on Blu-Ray.

Mihmiverse Blu-Rays
$19.99 each (+$4.99 S&H) / $149.99 full set (+$19.99 S&H)

After MANY years, the entire catalog of Mihmiverse DVDs is FINALLY available again! AND, the full set of 17 Mihmiverse DVDs is currently available for a special price of only $99.99—a savings of more than 40% if you bought them individually!

From the first Mihmiverse movie, "The Monster of Phantom Lake," through the recently-released "The Mihmiverse Holiday Special," this exclusive set includes everything ever released by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, including the 2017 performance DVD of "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!"

U.S. Residents
(+$19.99 shipping & handling)
Outside U.S.
(+$59.99 shipping & handling)
Since the beginning of the Mihmiverse, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has taken great pleasure in posting bogus, more-often-funny-than-not April Fool's Day news stories. For this month's Mihmiverse history, we take a look back at some of the best ones!

Just last year, it was reported that Stu, the alien puppet who appears in "The Mihmiverse Holiday Special," locked himself in his trailer and refused to finish filming until he received a list of gifts & accommodations, including: "above-the-title billing," craft service tables stocked with pretzels and Hostess-brand "Donettes" (mini-chocolate donuts), and an upgraded trailer (from a cardboard box to a sturdier, more spacious Rubbermaid container)!

The joke in 2017 mentioned that, after the overwhelming success of the musical theater adaptation of "The Monster of Phantom Lake," writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and composer/lyricist Adam Boll banded together once again to turn another beloved Mihmiverse film into a stage musical...and this time you'll believe a giant spider can sing in "The Giant Spider: The Musical!" It was even reported that Mr. Boll had already completed a handful of songs, including one to be performed BY THE SPIDER, and Mr. Mihm was hard at work on the script and forced to get creative to overcome the challenges of translating such a special-effects-heavy film for the stage.

In 2015, it was revealed that the 2016 Mihmiverse film would be a biopic in the vein of Tim Burton's "Ed Wood" about the process behind what went into making "The Monster of Phantom Lake!" The movie was to be presented in black and white (of course) and follow the behind-the-scenes craziness and drama that went into crafting the film that began the Mihmiverse. It was also promised to be truthful and unflinching in its portrayal of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and everyone involved. It would not be a documentary, but a completely dramatized re-telling of what happened! Despite this having originally been a joke, let us go on record as saying this is actually NOT THAT BAD of an idea!

It was announced in 2012 that Mr. Mihm was offered a "very large, very lucrative deal" to REMAKE his films. With this deal, all the films would be remade in color in a modern style and shot in such a way as to be rated PG-13 with the potential to be redited "into hard R and NC-17 versions." The deal also stipulated that Mr. Mihm would only be involved as an "associate producer" and all the original films would be shelved indefinitely. The final paragraph of the announcement, however, was the REAL joke...

Yes, this news is very shocking BUT, ultimately, this could be positive because it means that the Mihmiverse can FINALLY enter the consciousness of the mainstream! Congratulations, Mr. Mihm, you've finally sold out and we, your ever-faithful servants for the last seven years here at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, hope you rot in hell for destroying our beloved universe all in the name of the almighty dollar!

In 2011, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm announced that he would step away from making 1950s-style B-movies and, instead, make a modern indie film called "A Homemade Funeral." Included in the announcement was the following synopsis...

Jacob Woods is a 20-something, recent college graduate whose feelings of bewildered disaffection are putting a damper on his ability to focus on his future. After a chance meeting with a beautiful, blonde tennis player on the verge of going pro, he finds himself unexpectedly in love. Unfortunately, the pressures of finding some sort of career path and turning thirty (someday), weigh so heavily on his mind, he doesn't realize his true feelings for her until it's too late... or is it? In an effort to win his true love (and figure out his life trajectory), Jacob finds himself engrossed in a series of drug-fueled conversations that touch on everything from weather to the pointlessness of talking about the weather, the idiosyncratic emptiness of growing up in a soulless, technology-driven world, and the very nature of existence itself! For the first time, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm plans to shoot a "non-B-movie" set in modern times—and in color!

Obviously, "A Homemade Funeral" was never made—thankfully, as it sounds terrible! However, one little part of this announcement DID come true in 2019 when a Mihmiverse film, "Queen of Snakes," WAS released in full color! Happily, it didn't involve navel-gazing 20-somethings discussing "weather and the pointlessness of talking about the weather!"
The latest episode of the Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast has arrived!

This month, host writer/director Christopher R. Mihm gets excited about finishing the latest film and when (and how) it'll finally debut, and reveals the title of the NEXT Mihmiverse film!

Also included: The latest installment of "An Oral History of the Mihmiverse" and the next chapter of "Atomic Tales," a monthly short story from the author of "The Canoe Cops vs. The Mummy," Stephen D. Sullivan!

To download an .mp3 of the audiocast, click HERE, visit archive.org where the file is stored, or download it free from Apple Podcasts!

Otherwise, if you'd like to listen to the episode right from this browser window, click the play button on the player below!

The Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast is hosted by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and is focused specifically on what's going on RIGHT NOW in the Mihmiverse. In addition, Mr. Mihm will discuss the monster movie-making process, touch briefly on the future of the 'verse, pontificate on random subjects, and be joined by guests from within and without the Mihmiverse. PLUS, each episode will include something unique you won't find anywhere else!

Welcome to the Mihmiverse Monthly feature where we talk to YOU, the fans! Every month, we choose a random Mihmivite and ask them a few Mihmiverse-related questions in an attempt to get to know them better and find out what they REALLY think about the films of Christopher R. Mihm!

This month, we interview Brad Bliss!

Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
Greetings fellow Mhimivites! My love of getting a good willecobble down my spine can be traced back to one of my earliest Halloween nights. Dressed in tin-foil-covered boxes, I went out as a robot and hit up the neighbors for Slo-Pokes, gum, Sweetarts, and other goodies. When I'd finally finished for the night, I looked around and realized I was one of the last kids still outside. I remember stopping to look over the neighborhood before going back home. The wind had chilled a little and smelled of damp leaves. I remember wanting to go hide in a bush and watch for the real ghosts and goblins to come out and walk the street. I've always toyed with the idea of who or what might show up when the humans had left. Through the years, I've enjoyed watching shows like "The Outer Limits," "One Step Beyond," "Creature Features," and "The Night Stalker." I've enjoyed the writings of Algernon Blackwood and August Derleth for many years as well.

When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
I don't remember how I first heard that a movie called "The Giant Spider" would be playing at the Jack-O-Lantern Jaunt in Mukwonago, WI—but I knew I had to go! I sat on the concrete floor of the park pavilion in which it was screening, cold and shivering, but completely happy!

If you had to pick just ONE, which of the Mihmiverse films would be your favorite?
It's hard to pick a favorite! But, since I have to, I would have to say it's a tie between "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter" and "The Wall People."

Tell us how you, in particular, show your "Mihmiverse pride!"
Since that first time I watched a Mihmiverse movie at the Jack-O-Lantern Jaunt, I've taken my wife of 28 years, daughter, and son-in-law to see the shows with me. The Mihmiverse movies are best enjoyed in groups!

Where would you like to see the Mihmiverse go in the future?
I think there will always be a niche for faithful homages to the black-and-white B-movies of the '50s and I wouldn't try to change that! I've found that actors who can suck you into their "ride" make a movie or play enjoyable for me. I like the movies that don't deliver the monster right away but give hints and teasers; "Why doesn't the dog want to go for a night walk anymore?," "What could have done so much damage to the back shed?," "Why don't the children play in that corner of the playground?" Either way, I want to thank writer/director Christopher R. Mihm for going through all the work of planning out and making these movies. The Mihmiverse is very much appreciated!
Want to be interviewed for a future edition of the Mihmiverse Fan Focus? Send an email to info@sainteuphoria.com and let us know! Maybe next month the subject will be YOU!
Crying Werewolf!

IMDb lists more than 200 films about werewolves, wolfmen and wolfwomen! For this month's trivia, however, I've narrowed it down to five cheesy films from the '40s, '50s, and '60s that specifically had the word "werewolf" in the title. Next month, we'll tackle the '70s! As always, your mission is to match the film with the plot. Hope you have a "howl" of a good time with it!

1. "Cry of the Werewolf" (1944)
2. "The Werewolf" (1956)
3. "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" (1957)
4. "The Curse of the Werewolf" (1961)
5. "The Face of the Screaming Werewolf" (1964)

A. A stranger with no memory walks into a bar and is attacked by a robber. He turns into a werewolf, kills the robber and disappears. The manhunt (or wolf hunt) begins.
B. In 18h Century Spain, an orphan becomes a werewolf and terrorizes the town. Even his adoptive family is in peril.
C. A hypnotherapist, a werewolf, and Michael Landon. That should be enough to figure it out.
D. Underhanded scientists, Ancient Aztecs, and a reincarnated mummy that turns out to be a werewolf.
E. A young woman raised by gypsies will do anything to hide the fact that she's a werewolf.
Scroll to the bottom of the Mihmiverse Monthly for the answers.
— Mike Cook
Monster from Green Hell (1958)
Directed by Kenneth G. Crane
Starring Jim Davis and Robert Griffin

A rocket is sent into space containing various scientific experiments, one including a swarm of wasps. After the rocket crash lands in the jungles of Africa, it is revealed the killer insects were zapped by a gargantuan amount of cosmic radiation that mutates them into humungous, human-flesh-eating machines! They unceremoniously make their way across the continent, devouring everything in their path. A group of scientists is sent to investigate (of course) and is forced to deal with the giant bugs before they destroy the entire world! This film is definitely "bottom-of-the-barrel" 1950s fare. The direction, actors' performances and special effects are atrocious to the point of AWESOMENESS! The wasps emit a not-so-threatening buzzing noise that's used ad nauseum in the hopes of scaring the audience, but it just comes off as laughable. The ending is so anti-climactic and abrupt, it makes you wince! If you like your movies "so bad they're good," "Monster from Green Hell" is definitely one for you! By comparison, it makes "The Giant Spider" look like the "Citizen Kane" of giant-rampaging-bug movies!
— Christopher R. Mihm
If you're like most people these days, you tend to stream your favorite TV shows and movies, particularly because it's way more convenient and you have access to them in more places! Did you know that there are now several places to stream the entire Mihmiverse catalog?

From the movie that started it all, "The Monster of Phantom Lake," to its musical offshoot, "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!," and "The Mihmiverse Holiday Special," everything you need to "visit" the denizens of Phantom Lake County is available for your streaming pleasure!

The ENTIRE filmography of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm (including the recently-released "The Mihmiverse Holiday Special") is available through the Mihmiverse Vimeo VOD portal!

Every film is presented using the same ultra high-quality renders used for the official Blu-Ray releases and actually feeds video content to the Drive-in Monsters Roku channel. Most importantly, the Mihmiverse Vimeo VOD portal is the ONLY PLACE to legally own the films digitally!

Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm continues to add the Esperanto language versions of his films (those which have Esperanto language audio tracks, that is) to both the Vimeo VOD portal and Drive-in Monsters Roku channel! If you speak Esperanto, or are interesting in learning the language, a new Mihmiverse resource is being built just for you!

Retro-style monster movies from the wild & weird imagination of cult filmmaker Christopher R. Mihm! From giant, rampaging spiders to alien invasions and bug-eyed horrors, the Drive-in Monsters channel includes the entire catalog of Mr. Mihm's films, exclusive extras, and long lost special features originally released on currently out-of-print physical media! Explore the worldwide, underground cult phenomenon known as the "Mihmiverse" and enjoy the rebirth of the golden age of "drive-in cinema" with the Drive-in Monsters channel!

As of right now, the channel is free... but, that most likely will not last forever! So make sure to enjoy the Drive-in Monsters Roku channel while it's still completely free of charge!

Most of the films of the Mihmiverse are available on Amazon Video. Sadly, as Amazon continues to revise and rewrite its policies, they have downgraded the entire Mihmiverse catalog from "available with Prime" to rental only. Though this wasn't entirely unexpected—given the way the service has been slowly ridding itself of the films of Christopher R. Mihm—we CANNOT guarantee they will still be there on any given day! So, if Amazon is your preferred place to watch the Mihmiverse, enjoy it while it lasts!

NOTE: Amazon has barred writer/director Christopher R. Mihm (and MANY other independent filmmakers) from adding any new films to their service. As far as we have been able to figure out, the service is taking a more "curated" approach to its catalog and, unfortunately, does not have any more room for the cheesy goodness of the Mihmiverse! Therefore, if you're interested in watching the newest films of the Mihmiverse, we highly recommend checking out the Mihmiverse Roku channel, Drive-in Monsters!
Mihmiverse DVDs & Blu-Rays are now available at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm. In addition, exclusive movie posters, collectibles and other merchandise are now in stock. Everything is available in extremely limited quantities, so get yours today before they run out!
The Trivia Corner answers: 1-E, 2-A, 3-C, 4-B, 5-D

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