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"The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended" World Premiere

"The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended," the 17th Mihmiverse film in as many years, held its world premiere at the end of last month and, being the first live, in-theater Mihmiverse premiere since 2019's "Queen of Snakes," it was a SMASHING SUCCESS!

With Covid still an ongoing issue and because of a general feeling of "rustiness" in regards to big events, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm was admittedly worried about how the night would go. Several concerns anxiously spun through his mind, including fears of extremely low attendance or an inability to remember exactly HOW these premieres are supposed to work! Luckily, his (and the entire cast's) apprehension quickly dissolved when the event was not only better attended than expected, but everyone in attendance happily adhered to the masking requirements of the screening AND seemed to REALLY enjoy the movie itself!

Attendees laughed, gasped, jeered, and cheered at all the appropriate moments and, based on our small—and blatantly unscientific—survey of premiere-goers, had an amazing time! Early reviews called the movie a "hilarious and fitting end to the Phantom Lake Kids saga" and, according to more than one person, it's one of the very BEST Mihmiverse films to date!

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out to celebrate the release of "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended" and the young actors who, after three movies and a holiday special, were finally given a proper movie premiere! As the Mihmiverse continues to march into the future, let's all hope we can get together again next year (and every year we're blessed with Mihmiverse movies!) to enjoy the release of the NEXT Mihmiverse film, "Annihilate All Humans!"

We hope to see you there!


In honor of the release of the final Phantom Lake Kids movie, we're offering this very cool, exclusive set of signed character cards that were originally made available at the world premiere of "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended!"

This set of 4" x 6" photo cards consists of six retro-styled photos of the actors who embody the main characters of the Phantom Lake Kids series of films. AND, each card is individually HAND SIGNED by the actors! Since most of the cast in this film are the children of the director, he tends to be EXTREMELY protective of them and, as a result, this may be the ONLY place you'll be able to get ALL of their autographs!

This EXCLUSIVE set of signed Phantom Lake Kids cast cards is available for a limited time and in extremely low quantities! Order NOW because once they're sold out, they're gone FOREVER!

$14.99 each
(+$4.99 shipping & handling)


Phantom Lake County is known for its share of strange occurrences, from monster attacks to alien invasions. However, things will never be the same when, after experiencing inexplicable earthquakes emanating from a local system of caves, the area is overrun by grossly mutated creatures of unusual size, a phenomenon that 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?

The disc contains a high quality digital transfer of the film and several exclusive special features, including a blooper reel, two photo galleries, a feature-length commentary with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, English subtitles, and much more! The Blu-Ray even includes the 2009 Mihmiverse feature film, "Terror from Beneath the Earth!"

Feature Run Time: 1 hour, 16 minutes. Black & White, Widescreen, NOT RATED.

$9.99 (DVD) / $19.99 (Blu-Ray)
(+$4.99 shipping & handling)

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Now that "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended" has been released, you can finally experience the Phantom Lake Kids saga in its entirety through this exclusive four disc offer!

This deal includes the three main Phantom Lake Kids films, "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Beast Walks Among Us," "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Unseen Invasion," and "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended," and 2021's "The Mihmiverse Holiday Special!"

Each disc contains a high quality digital transfer and several exclusive special features, including blooper reels, photo galleries, feature-length commentaries with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, English subtitles, and much more! The Blu-Rays even include two additional Mihmiverse films: 2009's "Terror from Beneath the Earth" and 2015's "Danny Johnson Saves the World!"

This exclusive deal saves you over 35% off the price of purchasing each disc individully! AND, if you purchase the Blu-Rays, you get two additional feature-length Mihmiverse films, which nets you an additional 15% off!

$24.99 (DVD) / $49.99 (Blu-Ray)
(+$6.99 shipping & handling)

Check here if the shipping address is outside of the U.S.
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Now that "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended" has been unleashed upon the world, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has turned his attention solely to working on his flying-saucer-attack epic, "Annihilate All Humans!" Principal photography is currently ongoing and, should everything work out just right, will continue into the fall, with the final film slated to debut next year!

In "Annihilate All Humans!," the world is under attack by flying saucers and only top scientists (Dr. Edwards and Dr. Gabriel) can put an end to their unearthly aggression! Unfortunately, they have no idea it's even happening because they've been kidnapped by General Castle and taken to a remote cabin deep in the woods for some unsolicited rest & relaxation! Can our heroes find their way back to civilization in time to stop the alien menace, or will the seemingly unstoppable space invaders succeed in their quest to ANNIHILATE ALL HUMANS!?

Ever since 2010's "Destination: Outer Space," production of the films of the Mihmiverse has been entirely funded by contributions from individual fans like you—and "Annihilate All Humans!" is no different! The production is in desperate need of contributions to stay afloat—ESPECIALLY now that it's in the throes of principal photography!

For each $20.00 donation, all contributors will be entitled to having a single name* of their choosing listed in the contributors section of the closing credits of the film and a customized, frame-able document certifying their contribution!

IMPORTANT! Physical media copies of the finished film are NOT automatically included with a basic contribution. If you would like to be guaranteed a DVD or Blu-Ray of the film when it is released, you MUST order it separately (with the purchase of at least one credit)!

Credits can even be given as gifts! Imagine the looks on the faces of your loved ones when they find out their names will be immortalized on the silver screen!

Separate credits by commas, & or "and." 
DVDS (+$10 each)
BLU-RAYS (+$20 each)
Is your mailing address outside of the U.S.?
(All non-U.S. mailing addresses will be charged a shipping premium for physical media.)


NOTE: If you purchase one of the following credits, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will contact you shortly after to discuss your purchase!

Associate producers will earn IMDb and on-screen credits and will be allowed certain privileges of producership, including free, exclusive merchandise and other perks (TBD).
Executive producers will earn IMDb and on-screen credits and will be allowed certain privileges of producership, including free, exclusive merchandise, set visits, and other perks (TBD).

*A single credit is defined as the name of one (1) person or corporate entity. Any credit requiring the word "and," an ampersand (&), and/or a comma (except when part of a legal company name) will constitute multiple credits and MUST BE paid for separately.

NOTE: The contributor program is an "equal exchange" program, which means specifically that those participating have NO SAY in the decisions or actions taken by anyone involved in the actual production of the film and are NOT entitled to ANY possible future profits earned by the film, derivative works, and/or merchandise created for or featuring elements from the film. Becoming an contributor does not entitle the participant to ANY ownership WHATSOEVER of the finished film or associated elements.


After MANY years, the entire catalog of Mihmiverse DVDs is FINALLY available again! AND, the full set of 18 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 just-released "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended," 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 films of Christopher R. Mihm have existed for over 15 years, we figured digging into them would make for an entertaining addition to this newsletter! Thus, in this new section, aptly titled This Month in Mihmiverse History, we'll traipse through the "days of Mihmiverse past" and present some of the most interesting events!

In August of 2019, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm released what he considers one of his favorite images from any of his films (in this instance from "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Beast Walks Among Us"). To date, it's the only time he's used the age-old cinematic "split screen" technique to include a single actor playing multiple parts. This particular shot was extra difficult to achieve because actor Daniel R. Sjerven (who plays "brothers" Stan and Howard Johnson) had to have a beard as one character before shaving to play the other! There was only ONE CHANCE to get the shot right—and the crew nailed it! Check it out below!

The official curling team of the Mihmiverse (yes, there is one!), The Rock Monsters, took to the ice for the first time in August of 2015! The team originally consisted of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, the first lady of the Mihmiverse, "Mihmiverse Monster of All Trades" Michael Kaiser, and Mark Haider (General Castle). Since it's inception, its lineup has expanded to include both Alice Mihm (Evelyn Johnson) and David Mihm (Butch).

A photo of one of the coolest marquees to ever include a Mihmiverse film was posted to the SaintEuphoria.com newsfeed in August of 2013. Check it out below!

The films of the Mihmiverse began screening at the Blue Moon Dine-in Theatre at the Minnesota State Fair in August of 2010. Twelve years have passed and the Blue Moon continues to specialize in "sit down food" in an airy, shaded building filled with old car seats and benches facing a movie screen which features classic B-movies, old television shows, and the films of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm!

While cleaning a large storage area in writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's basement in 2008 in preparation of building the cave set to be used for "Terror from Beneath the Earth", Mr. Mihm came across some rather incredible treasures...including a piece of previously-believed-lost-forever Saint Euphoria Pictures history! During the original "The Monster of Phantom Lake" shoot, the "Lobo's dog tags" prop went missing, thought to have been dropped and lost in the woods. But, while cleaning out his old camera bag, Mr. Mihm was surprised to find the long-absent prop hiding underneath one of the bag's carboard separators!

In August 2007, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm received an interesting email from a woman in Oregon about her daughter Sonia who, just two-years-old at the time, was the youngest "The Monster of Phantom Lake" super-fan!

Little Sonia discovered the film when it played on public access television and, after falling deeply in love with it, forced her parents to buy the DVD. She watched it countless times and referred to it as the "Seaweed Rawr" movie. Along with her older brother, she loved to play made-up "Seaweed Rawr" games and, according to her mother, introduced everyone she came into contact with to the world of "Seaweed Rawr."

Below you'll find photographic evidence of little Sonia's existence. If you look closely, she is wearing a homemade t-shirt that includes (at her insistence) all the things little girls love: hearts, kittens, flowers, rainbows and, of course, "The Monster of Phantom Lake!"

The latest episode of the Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast has arrived!

This month, host writer/director Christopher R. Mihm basks in the glow of the world premiere of "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended," describes his thoughts on the Mihmiverse going forward, and implores everyone to contribute to "Annihilate All Humans!"

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 Jackie Baker!

Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
Hi there! My name is Jackie Baker. I'm a born-and-raised Texan, who's a huge horror fan. I spend most of my time watching scary movies, cosplaying, or writing. You can find my published short stories under the name, Jacklyn Baker, in "Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers" volumes 2, 3, 6, and soon to be volume 7. During the "spooky season," I take great pleasure in chasing people through the halls of Dark Hour Haunted House in Plano, TX. My downtime is spent with my dog and two cats. I'm also in a long-distance relationship with one of the Mihmiverse's very own actors.

When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
On January 1, 2017 a good friend of mine (and a familiar name to Mihmiverse fans), Michael Cross, snagged me as I was walking by a booth at a convention called Nerd Year's Eve. He introduced me to his friend, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, a filmmaker. Knowing I like horror movies, especially cheesy ones, Michael encouraged me to look over the Mihmiverse catalog at the booth. The latest release had been a film with the very attention-grabbing title, "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter." I couldn't resist. I bought a poster and, after a little nudging from Michael, went all in and bought the entire DVD set. I literally started the new year by being sucked into this crazy world known as the Mihmiverse and I could never have predicted how big a part of my life it would become. I'm still grateful to Michael Cross for pulling me in that day and I wish I could tell him that. Sadly, however, he passed away in 2020.

If you had to pick just ONE, which of the Mihmiverse films would be your favorite?
Ever since I watched the whole collection after buying it, "Attack of the Moon Zombies" was my instant fave. It's just everything you could ever want from a cheesy horror movie set in space. And how can you not love the goofy-yet-terrifying moon zombies themselves? I've always had a soft spot for "Terror from Beneath the Earth," too. As someone who loves monster movies and sometimes plays the monster herself, my favorite Mihmiverse creature has always been the bat—even though "Moon Zombies" takes favorite film... Or is it? I grew up on "Scooby Doo," so the wacky shenanigans of the Phantom Lake Kids appeal to me immensely. And with the release of "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended" maybe my favorite movie will be changing, because... well, that would be spoiling it!

Tell us how you, in particular, show your "Mihmiverse pride!"
After my initial introduction to the Mihmiverse, Michael Cross invited me to see one of Mr. Mihm's films showing at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, TX. I can't even remember which film it was—I think it was "It Came From Another World!"—but what I do remember is quickly getting roped into helping at the merchandise table after the show. Again, Michael Cross' doing. Things took off from there and I became an "officially unofficial" member of the crew in Texas that helps Mr. Mihm at the conventions and screenings he does in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I even get to play a part in the interactive showings of "House of Ghosts" as a nurse who hands out fear shields and throws plastic spiders and runs screaming through the audience at certain key points of the film. (It's a real riot!) I do own all the films and a few t-shirts and the very last pocket bat ever made, but I can't think of a better way to show my pride for the Mihmiverse than by being a part of it and helping to draw in new fans. I also had the good fortune of making my way up to Minnesota to attend the premiere of the latest film, something I hope to do for future films as well!

Where would you like to see the Mihmiverse go in the future?
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has talked about a lot of ideas over the years while working alongside him at conventions, but one idea in particular that I'd like to see would be the TV-show style series focusing on Sheriff Hayes dealing with the absolutely bonkers stuff that happens in Phantom Lake County. It would be a great way to have cameo appearances of beloved characters all while exploring the Mihmiverse further. If not that premise exactly, I'd be excited for any serialized show. I'd like to see what Mr. Mihm would do with the different format!
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!
Monsters, the Prequel...and Sequel!

Last month, we tackled cheesy films of the '50s with "Monster" in title.

This month, we're going backward and forward to highlight cheesy "Monster" films of the '40s...and '60s.

As always, your mission is to match the title to the plot points. Ace the test, and you'll be crowned a "Monster Master!"

1. "Night Monster" (1942)
2. "The Lady and the Monster" (1944)
3. "Invasion of Astro Monster" (1965)
4. "Monster a Go-Go" (1965)
5. "The Monster of Blackwood Castle" (1968)

A. A millionaire's brain is preserved after death, and telepathically begins to take control of those around him. The legendary Erich Von Stroheim stars.
B. A rich recluse invites the doctors who left him crippled to his mansion, where horrible deaths await them all! Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill and Leif Erickson lead a pretty strong cast.
C. A mysterious "monster hound" is terrorizing the people in English countryside. If this sounds like a ripoff of Sherlock Holmes' "Hound of the Baskervilles," you're not wrong.
D. Nick Adams leads a cast of Japanese actors in a story about a mysterious woman, a possible cure for cancer, and Godzilla!
E. A space capsule crashes, an astronaut disappears, and a monster is seen in the area. Is it that easy to figure out who the monster is? No, it's not.
Scroll to the bottom of the Mihmiverse Monthly for the answers.
— Mike Cook
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
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 Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended," 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 Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended") 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!

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-B, 2-A, 3-D, 4-E, 5-C

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