BIG NEWS, Mihmivites!

As of January 31, 2012, the "rough draft" edit of "House of Ghosts," the newest film from writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, is COMPLETE! At this point, all it needs are beginning and end credits and a special William Castle-esque introduction by Mr. Mihm. We've been assured that the film will be 100% done and ready for the premiere before you read next month's newsletter!

Speaking of the premiere, if you listened to the recent Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast, (which you SHOULD have) you already know the premiere date has been set! The official date for the world premiere of "House of Ghosts" will be Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at (where else?) the Heights Theatre in Columbia Heights! As in previous years, we're being promised Wurlitzer music, era-appropriate newsreels and trailers, a raffle, free cake, photos with the monsters (ghosts?) from the film, exclusive merchandise for sale, and, since this is a tribute to the films of William Castle, some extra stuff you'll ABSOLUTELY need to be there to experience!

Advance tickets to this event will be available SOON from Demand is ALREADY high for this event, SO make sure you check the site at least once a day for the announcement. There will only be ONE true premiere, and it is going to be something extra special. DO NOT MISS IT! Start visiting vintage clothing stores for your '50s formal wear today!

With the new film so close to completion, you should be aware that things are going to ramp up quickly in the Mihmiverse! Over the coming months, lots of really cool, really fun stuff will be heading your way as we count down to the premiere! Make sure to stay up on all the hubbub by visiting, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, as often as possible!


Until authoring of the "House of Ghosts" DVD is complete, you can STILL become 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 title—perfect for your own "wall of fame!"


Visit the merchandise page at, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, for more information.

The newest episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast is now available for download!

The end of 2011 has arrived and with it, "The Year End Wrap-up" podcast! This month, hosts Rhuby 'n' Hater find themselves cowering in their basement with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm as an insane hoarde of "crazies" slowly descends upon them! This special extended episode takes a look back at "the year that was," while simultaneously derailing into extra-strange (and extra-Mihmiverse-ish) territory!

Also included: "Shaped Like the Pope," the newest bad poem from writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and a few fun surprises! The entire thing is four hours long BUT well worth your time!


Click here to download part 1Click here to download part 2Click here to download part 3

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 exclusive news, interviews with the folks who make the Mihmiverse possible, shameless self-promotion and original recurring content!

This month, our guest will be Jim Norgard, the actor who appeared as the ill-fated Dr. Gabriel in "Attack of the Moon Zombies" and just wrapped the role of Arthur in "House of Ghosts!"

If you'd like to ask a question of the hosts, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, or any of the show's upcoming guest(s), click HERE to submit your queries! If we like them, we may even include them in a future podcast! OR, you can "like" the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast page on Facebook and "participate" by posting to the podcast's wall during recording! The recording date for the February podcast will be Friday, February 3rd starting at 6:30PM (CST).

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:
  • Monster Hits!
    Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) gives us a historical (and hysterical) perspective on some of the original "popular music" created for the schlocky drive-in films of the 1950s and '60s!
  • Mihmiverse Word Search
    A challenging and fun word search created just for the Mihmiverse Monthly by super-actress and wordsmith Sid Korpi!
  • 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!
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for other columns, OR if you're interested in writing one, please contact us at and let us know what you think! In the meantime, enjoy the new-and-improved Mihmiverse Monthly!

Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (1965)
Directed by Robert Gaffney
Starring Robert Reilly, Marilyn Hanold and Lou Cutell

The survivors of an alien atomic war stumble across Earth in their search for "hearty stock" to help replenish their devastated female population. Meanwhile, humans are preparing to send their "best and brightest" on an extended mission into space—their "best and brightest" being an experimental, very-human-appearing android called "Frank." The aliens are shocked to find Earthling technology advanced enough to include rocket-powered flight and, upon viewing Frank's historic launch, incorrectly assume it to be a direct attack on their ship. The aliens counterattack and virtually destroy Frank's rocket, the remains of which crash land in Puerto Rico. Shortly thereafter, the aliens land close by and start collecting random women for their "repopulation" program. An extremely scarred and electronic-brain-damaged Frank (now dubbed a "Frankenstein" by his creators) emerges from the crash and, incapable of rational thought, starts terrorizing the island nation. Frank's designers pinpoint his location and set out to save their creation. What follows is a mixed bag of terrible acting, out-of-place musical interludes, wooden-as-heck dialogue, uneven pacing, and, for good measure, a rampaging space monster. Overall, the film is a unique mish-mash of so-bad-it's-amazing weirdness. On its face, there is very little to recommend about "Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster" and yet, it's hard NOT to recommend for how truly bizarre and FUN it is! This film is a cult-classic for a reason but it certainly won't be everybody's cup of tea. However, if you're even vaguely a fan of B-grade cinema, this film is not to be missed!

— 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 Christopher R. Zappo!

Christopher R. Zappo with Panduh and Monkeh
Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!

Hello fellow Mihmversians! My name is Christopher R. Zappo, and I live in St. Paul, MN with my two furry roommates, Panduh and Monkeh (my cats). I am a huge fan of horror and science fiction movies, and I love to collect comic books.

When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?

I first became aware of the films of Christopher R. Mihm at the Crypticon Convention in Minneapolis in 2007. I met Josh Craig (Professor Jackson) at the booth where they had "The Monster of Phantom Lake" playing on a small television. I was instantly attracted to the look of the film. I am a huge fan of black-and-white pictures and will occasionally turn the color all the way down on my television to watch a film in black and white; it's just so much more atmospheric that way. I only stayed for a little of the film because they were having a screening that night on the patio and I really wanted to see the film in its entirety. Needless to say, it took one hour and 37 minutes for me to become an instant fan!

Which of the six released films is your favorite and why?

If I had to choose one film to name as my personal favorite, it would have to be the one that started it all for me. "The Monster of Phantom Lake" just has so many classic scenes and characters—and don't even get me started on those Canoe Cops! Also, every film gets better with each viewing! I had the wonderful pleasure of attending the premiere of "Terror from Beneath the Earth" (which is also a favorite) and got the chance to mingle with the cast and crew of the film. I can say that they are some of the most down-to-earth and friendly folks I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I think the highlight was definitely meeting M. Scott Taulman (Sven) and Mike Cook (Gustav)! I was in awe of these fellas, as they had played one of the best comedy teams ever to hit celluloid! I am still waiting for a Canoe Cops movie (HINT, HINT)! Everyone was very gracious, and I was even greeted at the door BY NAME! WOW! I sure did feel like someone that night! A great time was had by all watching a wonderful film.

You recently became an associate producer of "House of Ghosts." Why?

I recently became an associate producer on "House of Ghosts," not only because I love the films of Christopher R. Mihm, but because I think it is awesome that these films get made pretty much in my own backyard: Minnesota. This is my first associate producer credit, and I would love to be able to do many, many more! Well, enough about me! Hopefully we will be hearing from my other fellow associate producers in the near future!

Back when Hollywood started churning out B-grade horror and sci-fi films for the drive-in movie crowds, savvy producers realized that a key target audience would be teens who, if they weren't really "watching" the film (wink-wink), would at least be able to "hear" it.

That million-dollar idea gave birth to a whole new sub-genre: The "Beach Party/Monster" movie.

In 1965, actor/director Jon Hall squandered some halfway-decent talent and made "The Beach Girls and the Monster," (aka "The Monster on the Beach.") In some ways, it was like an episode of the yet-to-be-created cartoon: "Scooby Doo"...with its "I could've gotten away with it if it weren't for you pesky kids" plotline.

Oceanographer dad (Jon Hall) is losing his grip because son Richard (Arnold Lessing) is being distracted from his studies by the surf-and-sand set, and also because his shrewish wife Vicki (Sue Casey) is stepping out on him. Meanwhile, an alleged "sea monster" is bumping off the teens. Did dad create the monster? Will anyone survive? Does anyone really care?

As for the halfway-decent talent, Mr. Hall hired the famous Whiskey-a-Go-Go dancers to play the beach bimbos, uhh, girls...added some puppetry (yes, puppetry) by co-star and legendary puppeteer Walker Edmiston...and called in Frank Sinatra Jr. to write and sing some of the songs on the soundtrack. Of course, "junior" was never as talented as "senior," and that fact is proven with the opening song, "Dance, Baby, Dance." Not only is Frank off-key, the guitar could use some tuning as well.

Give it a listen: "Dance, Baby, Dance" from "The Beach Girls and the Monster."

— Mike Cook

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Find the following hidden words in the puzzle above.
They may be written horizontally, vertically or diagonally.

— Sid Korpi

Can't forget your veggies! Here's a new twist on everyday corn. It's tasty and easy to prepare. Even your pickiest little monster will be asking for, "More, please!"

Dilly Corn
Dilly Corn

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 2-1/4 cups frozen corn
  • 3 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

In a small saucepan, bring water and bouillon to a boil. Stir in corn, dill and garlic powder. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3–4 minutes or until corn is tender. Drain.

Yield: 3 servings.

2/3 cup equals 117 calories. My little family of monsters loves this simple side dish. Serve it with burgers or steak. 5 out of 5 "howls."

You can find this recipe (and many more like it) and its corresponding nutrition information on the Taste of Home website!
— Stephanie Mihm

Now through April 1

Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) plays 10 characters in "Tuna Does Vegas" at the Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre.

Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre, 3919 Crescent Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
February 3

Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) will be speaking on "Pet Loss and the Pet Professional" at the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency-Minneapolis, 7:30–8:30AM and for the Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians at 10:00–11:00AM.

Hyatt Regency-Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN
February 4 - 9:00PM

"Attack of the Moon Zombies" screens with Ed Wood's masterpiece, "Plan 9 From Outer Space," as part of the Drunken Zombie Monthly Deadly Double Feature program.

Landmark Cinemas, 3225 North Dries Lane, Peoria, IL
February 11 - 11:00AM—3:00PM

Join Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) and several other vendors for a Pet Care Fair.

Pet Junction, 157 West County Road E, Shoreview, MN
February 11 - 11:30PM

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" screens at the first-ever Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob event at the Grandview Theatre!

First 10 people in the door will get a free "The Monster of Phantom Lake" movie poster! The poster is free; admission is free. Your host, Dr. Bob, is taking time off from his experiments in the basement of the theater to present this movie to you... Let's just hope none of those experiments escape!

Grandview Theatre, 1247 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, OH
February 14 - 8:00PM

Join Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) and host Janet Roper for a discussion of how to handle holidays after pet loss on Talk 2 The Animals Radio.
Starting February 18

Leigha Horton (Stephanie Yates) will be performing in the Science Musuem of Minnesota's new Real Pirates exhibition, portraying both Anne Bonney and Mary Read. The exhibit runs for roughly six months.

The Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, MN
March 23–April 1
Leigha Horton (Stephanie Yates) will be performing the role of Kayleen in the Intermedia Arts production of "Gruesome Playground Injuries."

Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN

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:
Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) appears in a pair of short films now available to watch online: "If Only" by Metro State University student Ben Schmitt and "Le Fling," (password: lefling) a Minneapolis College of Art and Design student short directed by Clint Bohaty. Also, don't forget to check out her new, freshly updated website at!
Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) plays "The Building Super" in the ongoing Sci-Fi/Fantasy web series "Forsythia." Watch the story develop at
Listen carefully for Leigha Horton's (Stephanie Yates) voice in a national TV commercial for Land o' Lakes Spreadable Butter with Canola Oil, airing soon! For updates on all of Leigha's comings and goings, make sure to check out her website at:

"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, 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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