The latest episode of the Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast has arrived!

In the latest episode of the podcast, your host, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, brings the audience up to date on the state of post-production of the next Mihmiverse film, "Danny Johnson Saves The World," talks about a possible "Canoe Cops" animated series and gets a visit from Danny Johnson himself, actor Elliott Mihm.

Also included: Another "bad" joke from Dr. Bob Tesla of Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob and a dramatic reading of "The Incident at the Wharf," the prelude chapter in the "Canoe Cops Vs. The Mummy" serial written by Stephen D. Sullivan!

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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 can't find anywhere else!

As February dawns, post production of the next Mihmiverse film, "Danny Johnson Saves The World," frantically continues! According to writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, the editing process is on-track and additional scenes are being planned and scheduled for filming within a week or so of the release of this newsletter.

Mr. Mihm has mentioned several times in interviews (on both the Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast and the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast) that "Danny Johnson Saves The World" would be the first Mihmiverse film to make extensive use of puppetry, specifically "Muppet-style puppets" (as described frequently by the writer/director). To prove it, Mr. Mihm has provided us with the following VERY COOL still which clearly shows a short alien-esque puppet creature. Though we can't see its face, this tantalizing glimpse gives us fans as good idea of what exactly he meant—and his description was dead on!

Check it out below!

Danny Johnson Saves The World

Contributor credits for "Danny Johnson Saves The World" are STILL AVAILABLE—but not for long!

For each $25.00 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, a customized, frameable document certifying their participation in the program and a choice of one (1) copy of the finished film on DVD OR one (1) collector's ticket to the film's world premiere!

ALSO, for the first time ever, additional DVDs of the film and/or premiere tickets may be pre-ordered as "add-ons" ($10 each) with the purchase of at least one credit.

Contributor credits can even be given as gifts!

If you'd like to contribute to "Danny Johnson Saves The World," visit the contributor page at by clicking HERE!

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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.

Cool random mention alert!

The film that kicked off the Mihmiverse, "The Monster of Phantom Lake," was recently selected by online horror destination Dread Central as one of "4 Fun Horror Films Shot on a Budget Less Than $10,000!"

Although the film's portion of the article begins by saying there's " point in telling you 'The Monster of Phantom Lake' was a great film. It wasn't.," the rest of it is flattering...ish. Either way, as the saying goes, "it's an honor just to be nominated!"

Check out the full article (and see which other films were mentioned) by clicking HERE!

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

It's the dead of winter in Minnesota and the podcast crew is hunkered down in the basement, watchin' TV and talkin' back!

In this month's exciting episode, Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie/Zita Marczak) joins hosts Rhuby 'n' Hater and perma-guest Christopher R. Mihm to record a new "MBP3K commentary" for another one of Mr. Mihm's films. This time, the crew tackles Ms. McDonough's first Mihmiverse film, "It Came From Another World!," and, surprisingly, gets quite philosophical about it all!
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The Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast 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!

First Man into Space (1959)
Directed by Robert Day
Starring Marshall Thompson, Bill Edwards, and Marla Landi

During the inaugural flight of the experimental Y-13 spacecraft, hotshot pilot Dan Prescott (Bill Edwards) ignores orders and takes the craft twice as far as he was supposed to. During his record-breaking climb, he passes through a cloud of mysterious meteorite dust that shuts down his ship and forces him to crash land in the New Mexico desert. When the proper authorities arrive to secure the craft and pilot, they find only the ship—strangely covered in a hard-to-break, impenetrable-to-all-technologies, rock-like crust. Later that evening, weirdness begins to happen in the nearest town as the local blood bank is violently broken into, a nurse is killed, and much of the blood disappears! Next, local cows are found dead and completely drained of blood, and stories of a hideous monster begin to surface. When a shred of evidence is discovered linking the burglary, cattle mutilations, and the experimental aircraft, the pilot's brother and girlfriend begin to piece together the true story of what may have happened to Dan Prescott—and it's as cheesy and "terrifying" as any classic B-movie fan can imagine! Despite trying a little too hard to be serious, and taking into account the B-movie "cheese factor," "First Man into Space" succeeds in being a well-put-together film. The monster costume is very cool and unique, albeit painfully obvious very early on what it is and what created it. One thing this movie really has going for it is the ending. Many low-budget monster films of the 1950s end with the creature being defeated in some asinine way (quicksand, anyone?), but this film definitely has a cool conclusion you may not be expecting. "First Man into Space" is a solid, entertaining film that I recommend wholeheartedly! Check it out if you've never seen it!
— Christopher R. Mihm


Name the (somewhat) famous directors responsible for these cheesy delights from the '50s & '60s:

1. "Attack of the Puppet People" and "Earth Vs. the Spider" (Both 1958)

2. "13 Ghosts" (1960) and "Mr. Sardonicus" (1961)

3. "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954) and "Tarantula!" (1955)

4. "Bride of the Monster" (1955) and "Plan 9 from Outer Space" (1959)

5. "Attack of the Crab Monsters" (1957) and "Little Shop of Horrors" (1960 version)

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

— Mike Cook

Even though slow cookers were not invented until the 1970s, I guarantee that the '50s housewife would have certainly enjoyed the convenience of starting dinner in the morning, cleaning during the day and baking a cake in the oven all at the same time.

Personally, I love my Crock Pot (which is the best known name brand of slow cooker). I can start the meal before work and come home at the end of the day with it ready to serve! My "monster king" recently received a slow cooker cookbook as a holiday gift and I just had to try one of the delicious recipes. The following is a scrumptious main dish we tried just last week!

Garden Chicken Cacciatore

  • 12 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 3 pounds)
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
Place chicken in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine green peppers, tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, broth, wine, garlic, salt and pepper; pour over chicken. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until chicken is tender.

In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into slow cooker. Cook, covered, on high 30 minutes or until sauce is thickened.

Yield: 12 servings

NOTE: We followed the recipe using chicken thighs, but chicken breasts would have worked just as well.

Serve with pasta, rice, or potatoes. A fabulous salad of mixed greens or fresh sautéed green beans would be a pleasant addition! We gave this delightful meal 5 out of 5 "puppet high fives." (Don't miss "Danny Johnson Saves The World" to catch the reference.)


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

— Stephanie Mihm

Andy Wilkins (Doherty) hosts trivia the second Saturday of every month at 6:00PM at the Summit Tap Room in St. Paul, MN. In addition, she's heavily involved with (and may be performing—it has a rotating cast) "Double-Blind Improv" Fearless Comedy on the third Thursday of this month at 7:30PM in Minneapolis.
Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) is directing Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella" at Chippewa Falls High School in Chippewa Falls, WI February 13th through the 15th. Showtimes are 7:00PM on Friday and Saturday and 4:00PM Sunday.
"The Tiki War," an indie film featuring Rachel Grubb (Amy/Hagra), will be screening at the Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis, MN on March 12th.

"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," "House of Ghosts," "The Giant Spider" and "The Late Night Double Feature" 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!

The Trivia Corner answers:
1. Bert I.Gordon, 2. William Castle, 3. Jack Arnold, 4. Ed Wood, Jr., 5. Roger Corman

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