On Friday, January 25th, 2013, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm completed the "rough draft" edit of his next opus, "The Giant Spider!"

A handful of people have seen the first cut of the film and all agree that no other Mihmiverse film can match it in scope or sheer excitement! The most memorable quote came from one of the first people to view the film, monster-of-all-trades Michael Kaiser, who remarked in his normally understated deadpan, "I was never bored." From Mr. Kaiser, that's high praise, indeed!

In all seriousness, based solely on the "rough cut," this will most likely be considered one of Mr. Mihm's best films, quite possibly even unseating perennial-fan-favorite "The Monster of Phantom Lake" from the top spot! With the world premiere still MONTHS away, it's going to be a LONG WAIT until we all get to see the final version. AND, speaking of the world premiere, the date has been finalized: May 22nd, 2013! Mark your calendars, everybody!

In honor of this occasion, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has provided us with an exclusive never-before-seen still from the new movie. Check it out below!

The Giant Spider!

As post-production of the "The Giant Spider" winds to a close, we've added a bunch of screenings, appearances and events to the events page, including:
  • Beginning on February 1st and running every two weeks, one of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films will debut on Australian television on "The Schlocky Horror Picture Show" with horror host Nigel Honeybone!
  • Christopher R. Mihm will be a film industry guest at the 2nd annual Galaxy Fest in Colorado Springs, CO! ALSO, all seven of Mr. Mihm's films will screen during the event!
  • For a week in March, Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob will host the first-ever "Mihmithon"—IN 3-D! Presented in "in-universe chronological order," each night for a full week, one of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films will be screened in classic red/blue 3-D. PLUS, "It Came From Another World!" will include a live shadowcast by "The Midnight Shift!"
For a complete list of Mihmiverse-related events, visit (and bookmark) the events page!

Don't live near one of the cities in which the films of Christopher R. Mihm are screening? 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, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm! Please contact us at for more information. Depending on scheduling and distance, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and a monster or two may even make it to your event!

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

As the new year dawns, the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast comes back with a special "looking forward" edition. With host Hater's better half, Rhuby, out of town, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, monster-of-all-trades Michael Kaiser and master-monster-maker Mitch "Mitchy the Kid/Diva/Giant Gonzales" Gonzales discuss the Mihmiverse as it exists, the Mihmiverse as it should be, and the Mihmiverse as it most likely WILL be!

Also included: a new feature entitled, "Who's Googlin' Who?," wherein writer/director Christopher R. Mihm reads some of the more "interesting" search terms used by people trying to find his website!
Click here to download part 1Click 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 offers exclusive news, interviews with the folks who make the Mihmiverse possible, shameless self-promotion, and original recurring content!

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!

Every month, the Mihmiverse Monthly, the official newsletter of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, includes an ever-changing array of guest-written columns.

This month you'll find:
  • Classic Movie Trivia
    Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) uses the skills learned when he was the coordinator of AOL's Trivia Channel to bring you trivia with a classic film theme!
  • Mihmiverse Memories
    In this new column, we'll be sharing some of the fun and funny stories behind the making and/or promotion of the Mihmiverse films.
  • From the Mihmiverse Test Kitchens
    The first lady of the Mihmiverse, Stephanie Mihm (Rosemary/Ursula), shares her favorite recipes that are 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!

Tarantula (1955)
Directed by Jack Arnold
Starring John Agar and Mara Corday.

A hungry, overgrown arachnid rampages through the American southwest in one of the best "giant killer insect" movies of the 1950s. After an accident at a lab specializing in radiation-fueled, extreme-growth experiments, the title creature escapes and, well...I'm pretty sure you can guess what happens. A suave country doctor (played by B-movie regular John Agar) and a beautiful lab assistant (Mara Corday) spend much of the film flirting with both eight-legged disaster and each other. For a 1950s film, the special effects are impressively creepy, AND the film serves as one of the biggest inspirations for my forthcoming film, "The Giant Spider!" Overall, "Tarantula" is preposterous and there are plot holes big enough to drive a tank through, but it really doesn't matter as plausibility was never the point of these films! This is definitely one movie I HIGHLY recommend. If you haven't seen it, seek it out as soon as possible!

— 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 "The Giant Spider," we will randomly choose and interview one of them.

This month, we interview filmmaker James Pronath!

Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!

My name is James Pronath and I am the writer and director of the upcoming project, "They Came From The Ether." I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin(Milwaukee) with a bachelor of fine arts in film production. I'm also a certified broadcast technologist with the society of broadcast engineers and a 25R Visual Information Equipment Operator/Maintainer with the U.S Army.

"They Came From The Ether" is my second attempt at an independent film. My first was a Wisconsin-made zombie film called "Horrid." "Horrid" played at 11 film festivals worldwide, (10 in the US and one in Europe) and won a "Best Feature Film" award at HauntCon in Florida. "Horrid" was reviewed by many big names in horror literature, such as Fangoria and Rue Morgue. "Horrid" has international distribution, DVD and Video-On-Demand. I hope to repeat this success with our current project!

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

I first discovered the films of Christopher R. Mihm in 2009 at the ZombieConX film festival in Milwaukee, WI. My first film, "Horrid" played alongside "The Monster of Phantom Lake" and "Terror from Beneath the Earth."

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

My favorite Mihmiverse film has to be "Attack of the Moon Zombies." For as long as I can remember, I've really enjoyed the old black and white sci-fi and horror flicks. It is in this way that I connected with "Attack of the Moon and Zombies" and it is why I am producing my film, "They Came From The Ether," which, like Mr. Mihm's films, is a sci-fi movie set in the 1950s.

You recently became an associate producer of "The Giant Spider." Why?

I have always been a supporter of independent cinema. For years I have contributed to Midwestern films by way of time, skill, advice, and capital through crowd-funding websites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has an excellent track record for completing his projects, so I knew my small investment would be well used!

If you'd like to know more about and/or support Mr. Pronath's upcoming 1950s-inspired project, "They Came From The Ether," visit the film's Kickstarter page HERE.

Interested in becoming an associate producer? For a miniscule monetary investment, all associate producers will get their names listed in the end credits of "The Giant Spider," 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. Who knows? Maybe next month we'll be interviewing YOU!

Theme: Name the Famous Actress

#1: The sci-fi classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still" featured Mayberry's favorite Aunt.

#2: Before she met Bonzo's handler, this former first lady starred in "Donovan's Brain."

#3: Hitchcock's avian nightmare, "The Birds," featured 3 famous "chicks:" Melanie Griffith's mom, Bob Newhart's Emily and Miss Daisy.

#4: Merv Griffin's favorite talk show guest was once "The Queen of Outer Space."

#5: Back to Mayberry to find the actress who starred opposite Steve McQueen in "The Blob" before marrying Sheriff Andy Taylor.

Scroll to the bottom of the Mihmiverse Monthly for the answers.

— Mike Cook

Welcome to the new Mihmiverse Memories column! In this section, you'll read about some of the fun and funny stories behind the making and promotion of the Mihmiverse films. This month, our Mihmiverse Memory is provided by Mihmiverse "famous face," Daniel R. Sjerven (Lt. Elliott/Stan Johnson/Capt. "Ace" Frehley)!

The Commentary

One of the best memories that I have involved in making the films is recording the audio commentary for the "Terror from Beneath the Earth" DVD. On a traditional DVD commentary, the dialogue focuses mainly on the film. That was not the case for this. The commentary we recorded consisted of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and me sitting in my living room, watching the movie and the two of us giving each other a hard time...THE ENTIRE TIME. The only thing missing was day-old pizza and beer!

It was around this time that I realized Chris (as his friends call him) and I had become ACTUAL friends and not just movie-making acquaintances. It felt like, no matter what, if we never made another movie together, our families would remain friends. Admittedly, the commentary was very unprofessional and is probably only funny to the two of us—but hey, it's ours! When I think about it was basically the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast before there WAS a Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast!

— Daniel R. Sjerven

Need a yummy and healthy snack for the family or a gathering to watch the big game or Academy Awards? I recommend giving this delicious treat a try! It will have even your pickiest "veggie-hating monsters" gobbling them up!

Stuffed Potato Skins
Stuffed Potato Skins

  • 6 medium baking potatoes (6 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, divided
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh broccoli florets, finely chopped
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
Scrub and pierce potatoes. Bake at 400° for 40-50 minutes or until tender. Cool slightly; cut each potato in half lengthwise. Scoop out the pulp, leaving a thin shell (save pulp for another use). Place potato shells on an ungreased baking sheet.

Combine butter and 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce; brush over shells. Broil 4 in. from the heat for 5 minutes or until edges are crispy and butter is bubbly. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the onions, red pepper, broccoli, 3/4 cup cheese and remaining hot pepper sauce; spoon into potato skins. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Broil 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Yield: 12 servings.

One potato skin equals 158 calories. Can also be served as a lovely side dish with a nice roasted chicken or lamb chop. My monster-sized family with monster-sized appetites five these 6 out of 6 "bat wings!" (Needed to keep it an even number—wouldn't want a one-winged bat flying around the Wisawa caves!) Enjoy and always eat your veggies!

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 March 30

Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) performs in "The Dinner Detective," an interactive murder mystery dinner show in Chicago, IL!

Visit the show's website at for more information!
February 1 - 10:30PM

Watch the Australian television debut of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" on The Schlocky Horror Picture Show with horror host Nigel Honeybone!

TVS Sydney Channel 44 streamed LIVE at
February 8-10

Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will be a film industry guest at the 2nd annual Galaxy Fest in Colorado Springs, CO! ALSO, all seven of Mr. Mihm's films will screen during the event!

Check out the events website ( for location and admission information!
February 15 - 10:30PM

Watch the Australian television debut of "It Came From Another World!" on The Schlocky Horror Picture Show with horror host Nigel Honeybone!

TVS Sydney Channel 44 streamed LIVE at
February 4 and 5 - 7:00PM

Come audition for "Wage Warfare," directed by Andy Wilkins (The Medium) at the Lakeville Area Arts Center! The show debuts in April. Call 612.293.0173 or e-mail to set up an audition time.

Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville, MN
February 22 - 6:30PM

Woodbury Community Theatre is holding a one-night-only gala to celebrate the opening of its new black box theatre, and Josh Craig (Professor Jackson) is part of the show! With a fantastically talented cast, he will be singing songs from "Damn Yankees," "Kiss me Kate" and a duet from "My Fair Lady." Music from "The Wizard of Oz," "Les Miserables" and many other shows will be included in the show!

The Loft Stage at East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury, MN
March 1 - 10:30PM

Watch the Australian television debut of "Cave Women on Mars" on The Schlocky Horror Picture Show with horror host Nigel Honeybone!

TVS Sydney Channel 44 streamed LIVE at
March 10-16 - 9:00PM

Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob hosts the first-ever "Mihmithon"—IN 3-D! Presented in "in-universe chronological order," one of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films will be screened in classic red/blue 3-D, each night for a full week.Grandview Theatre, 1247 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, OH
March 15 - 10:30PM

Watch the Australian television debut of "Terror from Beneath the Earth" on The Schlocky Horror Picture Show with horror host Nigel Honeybone!

TVS Sydney Channel 44 streamed LIVE at

On February 22, Mike Cook (Harlan/Dr. Edwards/Gustav) will be appearing in a re-enactment on an episode of "America Unearthed" on H2 (History Channel II). Here's the synopsis of the show:
Heading to Tucson, Arizona with his son Grant, forensic geologist Scott Wolter is eager to investigate a mysterious cache of crosses, swords and other relics pulled from the desert in the 1920s. One sword has a date—800 AD—written in Latin, which would suggest a group of Europeans was in the American Southwest hundreds of years before Columbus made it to America. Wolter's investigation determine whether the artifacts are part of an elaborate hoax or part of a find that could change history.
Click HERE to check out the trailer for the independent feature "VIViD, featuring Rachel Grubb (Amy/Hagra)!
Visit Douglas Sidney's (Dr. Collins) frequently updated website at for more information about Mr. Sidney than you can shake a moon zombie plant leaf at!
Join Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley/Leigh) on Animal Blessings Radio with host Bonnie Weimer Poirier on Sunday, February 10, 5:30–6:00PM (Central Time).
"EarthBreaker!," an independent sci-fi comedy featuring Justen Overlander (Sheriff Elliott/Jonathan), Daniel R. Sjerven (Lt. Elliott/Stan Johnson/Capt. "Ace" Frehley), and Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley/Leigh), is seeking $220,000 through the crowd-funding website IndieGoGo. Click HERE to visit their site and learn more about how you can support this endeavor!
Mr. Zero's in St. Paul is looking for stuff—YOUR STUFF—with a focus this month on VIDEO GAMES, specifically:

N64: Super Mario, Pokemon, Diddy Kong, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Kirby, Golden Eye, Perfect Dark, Star Fox, Zelda, Killer Instinct Gold.
SNES: Crono Trigger, Earthbound, Final Fantasy, Megaman X, Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Metroid, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Kirby
NES: Contra, Mike Tyson's Punch Out, Techmo Super Bowl, Bubble Bobble, Excitebike, Dr. Mario, Zelda, Metal Gear, RBI Baseball
SEGA GENESIS: Boogerman, ToeJam & Earl, Earthworm Jim, Vectorman, NHL '94, Phantasy Star IV, Shinobi III, Castlevania
PLAYSTATION: Final Fantasy VII, Soul Reaver, Suikoden, Oddworld, Silent Hill, Twisted Metal, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider
ALSO: NeoGeo, TurboGrafx, Virtual Boy, Jaguar, Lynx, Sega Master System, 3DO, Gameboy Micro, & Pippin.

For a little extra Mr. Zero's fun, click HERE to download a special Mr. Zero's Dart Board Game!

Mr. Zero's

"The Monster of Phantom Lake," "It Came From Another World!," "Cave Women on Mars," "Terror from Beneath the Earth," "Destination: Outer Space," "Attack of the Moon Zombies," and "House of Ghosts" DVDs are now available at, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm.

In addition, 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!

Classic Movie Trivia answers:
1. Frances Bavier, 2. Nancy (Davis) Reagan, 3. Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette and Jessica Tandy, 4. Zsa Zsa Gabor, 5. Aneta Coursaut


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