As we pass over the "hump of summer" and head back toward the autumn, the Mihmiverse finds itself awash in activity and excitement!
Pre-production of the next Mihmiverse film, "House of Ghosts," is nearing completion and, barring any unforeseen difficulties, principal photography is set to begin at the end of this month!
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has confirmed that the next film will be shot in high-definitiona first for the 'verse! He anticipates the film will be complete and ready for release at some point around Memorial Day 2012so start making your travel plans to include the premiere at the Heights Theatre in Northeast Minneapolis!
Don't forget: the ever-popular associate producer program is back! For as little as $50, you (your significant other, friends, pets, business... whatever) can become an associate producer and get your name listed in the end credits of "House of Ghosts." As a bonus, you'll also receive a pair of collector's tickets to the premiere, five copies of the film on DVD, and a frame-able certificate with your name and titleperfect for your own "wall of fame!"
Visit the merchandise page at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, for more information. To learn more about some folks who have already become associate producers, check out the Meet the Associate Producers interview further down in this newsletter!
After the recent, well-attended "Moon Zombies Revisited" screening, enthusiasm for other Mihmiverse-themed events at the New Hope Cinema Grill is high! Never wanting to disappoint, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has arranged for a special "House of Ghosts" fundraiser/dinner-and-a-double-feature of "Cave Women on Mars" and "Terror from Beneath the Earth" on Thursday, September 1st!
Located in a suburb of Minneapolis, the New Hope Cinema Grill is a full-service restaurant that offers a variety of entertainmentincluding movies, live standup comedy, sporting events, and now the films of Christopher R. Mihm! The New Hope Cinema Grill is also one of the select few establishments serving Surly beer on tap!
This special "end-of-summer/back-to-school" double feature of two classic Mihmiverse films is in the perfect setting for the whole family. For only $15 a ticket, you'll be treated to fan favorites "Cave Women on Mars" and "Terror from Beneath the Earth" and a kid-friendly, extremely tasty pizza/salad/pop buffet. PLUS, alcoholic beverages will be sold on-site to make the evening that much more enjoyable for the grown-ups. Scantily clad cave women, pizza, mutant bat monsters and excellent, locally brewed beerwhat more could one ask for in an affordable evening's entertainment!?
Advance tickets for this event are available and selling fast at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm!
Don't live in the Twin Cities? Why not check with an independently owned theater near you about hosting a Mihm-movie-night event? If you can successfully book a screening of one or more Mihmiverse films in your area, you'll earn a $25 gift certificate to put toward any merchandise featured on the merchandise page at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on availability (and for help, if needed). Depending on scheduling and distance, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and a monster or two may even make it to your event!
The newest episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast is now available for download!
Once again this month, we find hosts Rhuby 'n' Hater and their guests recording around a REAL backyard bonfire (tended by "Attack of the Moon Zombies" zombie-extra Ed Oliver)! In this super-sized episode (2 parts!), writer/director Christopher R. Mihm talks about "House of Ghosts" and his newfound love for the Esperanto community! Also featured: a very entertaining interview with Justen Overlander, the actor and filmmaker known primarily as Sheriff Elliott in "Terror from Beneath the Earth" and Jonathan in "The Monster of Phantom Lake."
Podcast extras include: "Sailing," the next bad poem from writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, a commercial for Shore-it-up Brand Duct Tape, and a new "Monster Word of the Day" with Michael Kaiser!
Click here to download part 1 Click here to download part 2
The Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast was created as a supplement to this newsletter and will be released on or around the 15th of every month. Moderated by hosts Rhuby 'n' Hater, this free-to-download monthly audiocast features exclusive news; interviews with the folks who make the Mihmiverse possible; shameless self-promotion; and original recurring content!
Next month, our guest is none other than Mike Cook, best known to Mihmivites, Mihmophiles, and Mihmonauts (a final term for Mihmiverse fans has yet to be determined), as Gustav the Canoe Cop, Dr. Vincent Edwards, and one of the best actors ever to grace any of the films of Christopher R. Mihm!
Have you noticed anything different about this newsletter? After spending the last four years as The Phantom Lake Almanac, it was decided by the powers that be that it was time for a fresh look. Because five fantastic films have been released since "The Monster of Phantom Lake" and the Mihmiverse has expanded to include so much more, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, among others, felt that it was time to move forward. Plus, the term "Mihmiverse" has become so common among fans, the new title, Mihmiverse Monthly, seemed more appropriate and all-encompassing.
In addition to a new name, the Mihmiverse Monthly, the official newsletter of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, is trying out some new columns. Alongside old standards like the Classic Movie of the Month, Associate Producer of the Month, and Calendar of Events, you'll find an ever-changing array of guest-written columns.
This month you'll find:
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for other columns OR if you're interested in writing one, please contact us at email@example.com and let us know what you think! In the meantime, enjoy the new and improved Mihmiverse Monthly!
- Ask Dr. Cryptosis ANYTHING
The official horror host/pitchman of the Mihmiverse will answer your random questions in his trademarked irreverent style.
- From the Mihmiverse Test Kitchens
Best known as Rosemary from "Terror from Beneath the Earth," Stephanie Mihm will share her favorite recipes sure to satisfy any monster-sized appetite!
- Administrator's Log
Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) has taken a leading role in promoting the films of the Mihmiverse and within this new column, she'll tell you how you can help spread the word about these fine films!
Night of the Demon (1957)
Directed by Jacques Tourneur
Starring Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, and Niall MacGinnis
Following the murder of a high-profile English professor, American psychologist and professional skeptic Dr. John Holden (Dana Andrews) travels to the U.K. and finds himself tormented by a satanic cult's powerful leader, Dr. Julian Karswell (Niall MacGinnis). Trying his best to maintain his skepticism in the face of Dr. Karswell's terrifying and seemingly real black magic, Dr. Holden must race against the clock to not only expose the cult leader's true evil, but save his own life from impending doom. "Night of the Demon" is an under-appreciated 1950s horror masterpiece. In essence, it's a psychological thriller/pseudo-film noir about a battle of wits between a pair of diametrically opposed characters, and serves as an interesting metaphor of science versus religion. Wrongfully billed as a B-grade picture, "Night of the Demon" contains some truly great performances, skilled direction, and a cracking, well-thought-out script. The only misstep was the addition of a VERY fake looking demon monster (which made for a great poster) that appears a couple times during the film, but was a major source of friction between the film's producer and director. Luckily, it's cheesy in all the right ways, and is used sparingly and effectively. In all honesty, it doesn't detract from this amazing movie. The original film was made in England and, when initially brought to the U.S., was heavily edited and retitled "Curse of the Demon" (as you can see on the included poster). The resulting re-edit isn't nearly as good as the original English cut of the film but, luckily, both are currently available on a "double feature" DVD containing both versions. If you've never seen this excellent film and are a fan of classic horror, you owe it to yourself to see it RIGHT AWAY! One of my all-time favorite films of the era!
Christopher R. Mihm
Since so many fans and supporters have contributed and become associate producers, we wanted to take time to highlight some of these wonderful people! Thus, every month between now and the release of "House of Ghosts," we will randomly choose and interview one of them.
This month, we interview one of the "Attack of the Moon Zombies" Esperanto translators (and voice actors), George Baker!
Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
I am a civil engineer, specializing in bridges, and my current project is to support the construction of a new suspension bridge in San Francisco, for which I did part of the design. My family, [consisting of] a wife and grown daughter, remains in New York while I work in California. To wile the evenings, one of my interests is translation using Esperanto, an unique planned language. By unique and planned, I mean that it was initially developed by one man and, unlike most planned languages, has been adopted by a large community, becoming a living language with a significant literature and technological vocabulary.
When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
It was actually through Esperanto that I discovered the films of Christopher R. Mihm during the past year. I understand that one of the executive producers of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" [ed: Rylan Bachman] proposed Esperanto in the context of the lunar base, it being a peaceful international project. Esperanto's tradition and reputation as a peaceful international language fit in, so Chris contacted the Esperanto community for translation. As I worked on the script and dubbing for "Attack of the Moon Zombies," I naturally wanted to know something of what the film would be like, so I watched all the trailers and got a copy of "Destination: Outer Space."
Which of the six released films is your favorite and why?
Since the release of "Attack of the Moon Zombies," I have gone back to watch "Cave Women on Mars," and "The Monster of Phantom Lake." Each film is good for different reasons, but I most enjoy "Attack of the Moon Zombies," perhaps due to my involvement. In addition, it must build on the experience acquired in making the others, so has a richer plot and excellent acting. I find the use of music to set the mood of each scene very effective and something to watch for during the film.
You recently became an associate producer of "House of Ghosts." Why?
Being involved with one film from a distance, I nevertheless came to appreciate the people behind the film; I even attended the world debut of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" in Minneapolis to meet them in the flesh. It was a rewarding experience for me, even if I missed meeting a few. These are honest, real people who do this work not for money, but because they enjoy creating something good.
I find that honesty and optimism are rather contagious, and Christopher R. Mihm, his work, and his crew are an enjoyable source of infection, just as I find Esperanto. So l will be working with Chris for the Esperanto version of the next film. Then I remembered that there are bills to pay, so I chipped in.
Interested in becoming an associate producer
? For a miniscule monetary investment, all associate producers
will get their names listed in the end credits of "House of Ghosts
," a pair of collector's tickets to the premiere, five copies of the film on DVD, and a frame-able certificate with their name and titleperfect for your own "wall of fame!"
Visit the merchandise
page at SaintEuphoria.com
, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, for more information. Who knows? Maybe next month we'll be interviewing YOU
Q: What's the best way to repair a broken rake?
A: Clearly two things are required to properly fix a broken rake. First, you need to run out to the shed and break your rake. Secondly, its all about desire and motivation. Do you really want to fix it? Wanting to fix it implies you want to rake leaves. Who among us wants to do that? It's nearly as bad as wanting to mow your mother-in-law's grass. It is no longer acceptable to simply grab a roll of duct tape and a wooden splint. After all, it's not like it's a human limb or something. It's just a rake and this is not the "Red Green Show."
Procrastinators, if it is just one of the teeth that is broken, there is no "tine" like the present to get it done.
Personally, the way I "handle" (get it"handle?") the broken rake issue is to yell, "Son, the rake is broken. Here's $15 bucks. Go get a new one!"
Want to ask Dr. Ivan Cryptosis, the official horror host/pitchman of the Mihmiverse, a question?
question about ANYTHING
and yours may be the next one answered!
After a long day of chasing my little monsters, I relish the time when we can sit down as a family and enjoy a delicious and healthful meal. Here's one favorite dish that we discovered from the Taste of Home Comfort Diet Cookbook:
Chicken Stuffing Bake
It's like Thanksgiving dinner in one pan! Serve it with a side salad or gelatin mold.
- 1 (10.75 ounce) can reduced-fat/reduced-sodium condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
- 1 cup fat-free milk
- 1 (6 ounce) package stuffing mix (such as Stove Top)
- 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
- 2 cups fresh broccoli florets, cooked
- 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups reduced fat shredded Swiss cheese, divided
In a large bowl, combine soup and milk until blended. Add the stuffing mix with contents of seasoning packet, chicken, broccoli, celery and 1 cup cheese. Transfer to greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
My monsters give this dish 5 out of 5 stars. Award winning every time!
The Taste of Home Comfort Diet Cookbook is a great cookbook if you're trying to lose weight but don't want to give up flavorful food! You can also find this recipe and its corresponding nutrition information on the Taste of Home website!
Administrator's Log, Moon Date 08-01-1977.2
Because my two hapless flunkies, Gonzales and Bachman, have still not fixed my P.A. (public address system), I am forced to send this month's log to each of you individually.
[Pausing here to grind my teeth over the incompetence of some of my crew at the Jackson Lunar Base.]
I am counting on each of you to facilitate communication with fellow Company-governed outposts, getting word of the availability of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" DVDs at www.sainteuphoria.com for those who have not yet attended a screening in person. As per the Company's directive, all crew and staff members, be they based on the Earth or another lunar outpost, are required to have seen this superlative moon-base documentary by Christopher R. Mihm by the time of the next Administrator's Log in September.
To aid you all in accomplishing the virulent spread of this movie everywherevia your emails/Facebook/Twitter/blogs, etc.I can provide you with a press kit, which will include a current press release, movie poster pdf or jpeg, and a link to the official movie trailer. For those of you courageous enough to approach independent theatres in your area for possible screenings for large groups, a promotional copy of the DVD will be sent to you to give to said theater-owners for previewing. Contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org with "Attn: Admin. Ripley" in the subject line to receive your press kit. Be sure to include your name, rank, and serial number; Earth-based address; and email address.
Those who can supply proof of their efforts, via links to the highest number of social media venues through which they've spread the "Attack of the Moon Zombies" advertising spores, will be entered into a drawing for a free Mihmiverse movie poster of your choosing.
Oh, and while you're alerting the universe about this fabulous movie, please let everyone know the mess hall is out of olive loaf.
|Now through August 6
M. Scott Taulman (Sven) appears in the Old Log Theater production of the "The Reluctant Dragon."
Old Log Theater, 5185 Meadville Street, Greenwood, MN
|August 5, 6, 8, 10, 13
Catherine Hansen (Yureena Null) appears in "The Vampire Lesbians of Sodom" for Brazen Theatre in the 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival.
Minnesota Theatre Garage, 711 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
|August 5, 6, 10, 11, 14
Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) performs multiple roles in "Renny Decker: Rise and Fall of the Boat King" at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.
Minnesota Theatre Garage, 711 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
|August 5, 7, 10, 11, 13
Associate producer Jane Curry ("Attack of the Moon Zombies") performs her one-woman show "Samantha "Rastles" the Woman Question" at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.
HUGE Improv Theater, 3037 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
|August 6 - 11:00pm
"Attack of the Moon Zombies" holds its Las Vegas premiere at a super-cool "Vegas Fright Night" event held at the Sci-Fi Center in sunny Las Vegas!
The Sci Fi Center, 900 Karen Avenue, Suite D-202 (upstairs inside the Commercial Center), Las Vegas, NV
|August 6, 7, 11, 12, 13
Leigha Horton (Stephanie Yates) stars in "Minnesota Middle Finger" at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.
Theatre in the Round Players, 245 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
|August 13 - 8:00am2:00pm
Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) will be appearing at the Dog Days Westonka to promote her book, "Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss." This event will take place next to the trail along the new Auditors Road in Harbor District Park, with proceeds going to benefit WeCan in pet assistance aid. There will be a pet expo, educational seminars and demos, giveaways, contests and more!
Visit the Dog Days Westonka website for location information.
|August 19 - 7:00pm10:00pm
Come see Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) in the opening reception of the Bark at Art event, a benefit for the Pet Project, at Gallery 122 at Hang It. Bark at Art will feature limited edition, signed and numbered prints by local and national artists that are inspired by our furry, four-legged companions. Bark at Art will run from 8/19 through 9/10. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. Guests are asked to help the Pet Project by bringing unopened bags of pet food, new/gently used supplies, or a suggested donation of $5.
100% of door donations, and 80% of poster sales will benefit the Pet Project. Sid will be donating double her usual amount ($4) per copy of "Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss" sold to the Pet Project.
Gallery 122 at Hang It, 122 8th Street Southeast, Minneapolis, MN
|August 26October 30
Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) appears as "The Mayor" in "Unnecessary Farce" at the Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre.
Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre, 3919 Crescent Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
|August 20 - 4:00pm4:00am
Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie/Dr. Hackett) will appear alongside writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, Michael Kaiser, and the official horror host of the Mihmiverse, Dr. Ivan Cryptosis at the Legendary Wheaton, Illinois All-Night Flea Market! Other guests include WWF Tag Team Demolition Ax and Smash, Lou Ferrigno (TV's "The Incredible Hulk"), Larry Thomas (The Soup Nazi from "Seinfeld"), Mike Holman (MTV's "Jackass"), Mitzi Kapture ("Baywatch") and Robert Z'dar ("Tango and Cash")!
DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, IL
|August 25September 5
The Mihmiverse returns to the Minnesota State Fair! Just like last year, all of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's finished films will screen as part of the all-day-every-day movie marathons at the Blue Moon Dine-In Theater!
In a sea of fried and/or on-a-stick "delicacies," the Blue Moon offers unique "sit-down food" in an airy, shaded building filled with old car seats and benches facing a movie screen that features classic B-movies, television shows, and the films of the Mihmiverse! If you stop by, you may even run into writer/director Christopher R. Mihm or any of the myriad other Mihmiverse personalities!
The "Blue Moon Dine-in Theater" is located on the southeast corner of Carnes and Chambers, west of the Grandstand ramp.
During its run, The Minnesota State Fair is open everyday from 6:00am to 10:00pm. We hope to see you there!
|September 1 - 7:00pm10:00pm
A special "House of Ghosts" fundraiser "end-of-summer/back-to-school" screening of two Mihmiverse classics at the New Hope Cinema Grill! For only $15 a ticket, you'll be treated to fan favorites "Cave Women on Mars" and "Terror from Beneath the Earth" and an extremely tasty, kid-friendly pizza/salad/pop buffet.
Alcoholic beverages (including Surly beer on tap!) will be sold on site to make the evening that much more enjoyable for the grown-ups. Scantily clad cave women, pizza, mutant bat monsters and excellent, locally brewed beerwhat more could one ask for in an affordable evening's entertainment!?
Advance tickets are now available! Purchase yours today by visiting the events section of the SaintEuphoria.com merchandise page!
New Hope Cinema Grill, 2749 Winnetka Avenue North, New Hope, MN
|September 25 - 7:00pm9:30pm
The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild presents the Western Wisconsin premiere of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" at the Grand Little Theatre in Eau Claire!
Enjoy an evening of family-friendly film fun! Doors open at 7:00pm and the movie starts at 7:30! Popcorn, pop and other concessions will be on sale, and after the film, you can buy some cool Mihmiverse swag, and hob-nob with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and a cast member or two. You might even meet one of the zombies, so bring your camera!
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under, and will be available at the door! Proceeds will go to the CVTG building fund.
The Grand Little Theatre, 102 West Grand Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
|Keep track of all of Sid Korpi's (Administrator Ripley) signings, interviews, appearances, and other promotional events for her book "Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss" by visiting the appearances page at her website: www.goodgriefpetloss.com.
|Justen Overlander (Sheriff Elliott/Jonathan) continues to write highly entertaining articles for his Examiner.com page and would greatly appreciate your patronage! Also, check out and "like" the new Facebook page for his production company, Kenzie Productions.
|Leigha Horton (Stephanie Yates) recently recorded a voice-over spot for Cadillac with Laurence Fishburne! Check it out by visiting her website!
"The Monster of Phantom Lake," "It Came From Another World!," "Cave Women on Mars," "Terror from Beneath the Earth," "Destination: Outer Space," and "Attack of the Moon Zombies" DVDs are now available at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm.
In addition, "The Monster of Phantom Lake" Collector's Edition DVDs, exclusive movie posters, patches, collectibles and other merchandise are now in stock. Everything is available in extremely limited quantities, so get yours today before they run out!
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