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A message from writer/director Christopher R. Mihm...
Given the state of the current COVID-19 pandemic, I've decided to push back the theatrical world premiere of "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Beast Walks Among Us" to early Spring 2021.

Since it appears things will most likely NOT be safe enough to hold a live event the size of our usual world premieres this year, I feel it is in the best interest of you, our fans and friends, and the film itself to postpone.

Yes, this sucks. But I refuse to risk putting anyone in jeopardy just to see a movie. Do not worry, however. I WILL be holding the premiere eventually... just not yet. AND, most importantly, if you bought advance tickets, your admission will be guaranteed!

As for releasing a Mihmiverse film this year... don't worry. We have ideas! Simply check out the CURRENT NEWS section below and I think you'll be able to "read between the lines" what I have in mind!

Lastly, I want to thank each and every person who has helped to keep the Mihmiverse alive and kicking. This is only a minor setback that will, in the end, only benefit the 'verse and the people who love it. I am grateful for each and every one of you, and want nothing more than what's best for all of us.

Stay safe and healthy! I look forward to the day we can all get together again and collectively enjoy some cheesy movies!

— Christopher R. Mihm

Just over a week into last month (June 8th, to be exact), writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and his cast of talented kids filmed their last scene of the Mihmiverse "quarantine movie," "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Unseen Invasion!"

The film was conceived and written by Mr. Mihm (with plenty of input from his children, all of whom make up the main cast) to give the family something to do while they adjust to the current "new normal." With ample time to spare, the script and pre-production came together quickly. Principal photography began in earnest on April 16th and, with few obstacles in the way of scheduling, the production wrapped faster than any previous Mihmiverse film!

Post-production is now well underway and, should everything go according to plan, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm hopes for a limited digital release of the film THIS YEAR, with a physical media release party hopefully taking place before the rescheduled "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Beast Walks Among Us" world premiere.

The following photo was taken on the last day of shooting and shows the main cast (Caleb Frank, Elliott Mihm, Alice Mihm, Daniel Mihm, and David Mihm) having a little "fun in the ferns" (AKA the backyard)!

Even though principal photography of "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Unseen Invasion" is complete, that doesn't change the fact that the production still needs funds to complete the film! As such, we encourage you to contribute to the movie and see your name in the end credits—and help keep Saint Euphoria Pictures alive during this tenuous and uncertain time!

In this all new Phantom Lake Kids adventure, Danny Johnson, his sisters Alice and Evelyn, and their wacky friends Butch, Chip, and Billy Blue find themselves stuck in the Johnson house during a government-mandated worldwide quarantine. When most of them inexplicably disappear in a flash of light, then reappear moments later, it becomes exceedingly clear this is no ordinary event! However, when Alice (Elizabeth Kaiser returning to a role she hasn't played since the character was introduced in 2009's "Terror from Beneath the Earth") doesn't return, the rest must meticulously (and hilariously) unravel the mystery behind her disappearance and the invisible forces behind it! Could it be...aliens?

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! Copies of the film and/or world premiere tickets may be pre-ordered as "add-ons" with the purchase of at least one credit.

IMPORTANT! Unlike previous Mihmiverse films, physical media copies of the finished film are NOT automatically included with a basic contribution. If you would like to receive a DVD or Blu-Ray of the film when it is released, you MUST order them separately!

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!

"The Phantom Lake Kids in The Unseen Invasion"
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 IMBb and on-screen credits and will be allowed certain privileges of producership, including free, exclusive merchandise and other perks (TBD).
Executive producers will earn IMBb 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.


Your opportunity to own one of the first-ever Mihmiverse jigsaw puzzles is QUICKLY fading! We are down to a very small stack of puzzles and, once they are gone, we will not be making more!

This high-quality, 24" x 18" 500-piece puzzle features the official Monsters of the Mihmiverse promo photo and is available in EXTREMELY limited quantities—that are dwindling fast!

This item is ONLY available for U.S.-based customers. If you live outside of the United States and would like to purchase one, please contact us HERE to discuss your options!

Monsters of the Mihmiverse 500-Piece Puzzle
$29.99 (+$9.99 shipping & handling!)


When a local man is suspected of having been transformed into a hideous monster, it's up to a scrappy gang of local kids (Danny & Evelyn Johnson, Butch, Chip, and their friend Billy Blue) to uncover the truth and save Phantom Lake County—and everyone in it—from certain doom in writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's tribute to the creature-features of the 1950s, the history of the Mihmiverse, and "Scooby Doo!"

The disc contains a high quality digital transfer of the film and several exclusive special features, including a blooper reel, two photo galleries, feature-length commentary with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, English subtitles, Esperanto audio & subtitles and much more!

Feature Run Time: 1 hour, 19 minutes. Black & White, Widescreen, NOT RATED.

IMPORTANT! This item is pre-order only. All orders will ship on or around the premiere date!

$9.99 (DVD) / $19.99 (Blu-Ray)
(+$3.99 shipping & handling)

Check here if the shipping address is outside of the U.S.
Check here to include writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's autograph
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You can now own a copy of the newly-commissioned, official Mihmiverse promotional photo taken by Christi Jean Williams (Mrs. Davis in "Queen of Snakes") of Grinkie Photography!

Every 8x10 photo will personally be signed by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm! Order NOW!

Signed Mihmiverse Monsters 8" x 10" Photo
$9.99 (FREE shipping & handling!)
In addition to many of the films of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm available on Amazon Prime, there are now OTHER options to stream the Mihmiverse!

First, the Mihmiverse catalog (INCLUDING "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!") is now being offered for on-demand streaming and digital download at Vimeo! Every film accessible through the Mihmiverse Vimeo page is of the highest quality transfer available to both rent and/or own! PLUS, every movie you purchase includes a blooper reel!

Second, the Mihmiverse now has its own Roku channel: Drive-in Monsters!

Drive-in Monsters is the place to find all the films of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm AND a curated collection of special features! We plan to add some really cool, exclusive content over time, so we encourage you to add the channel to your Roku lineup. To find the Drive-in Monsters channel, simply search for it through your Roku service!

To make sure we never have to charge a premium for the channel, we are currently collecting subscribers and star ratings so we can convert the channel to "advertiser-supported" (as opposed to a subscriber-based service). The more stars and ratings we receive, the better we are able to approach higher quality advertisers. The higher the "quality" of our advertisers, the more money the channel earns. The more money the channel earns, the more Mihmiverse content we make! It's a win-win for everyone!

SO, make sure that once you've installed the channel, you GIVE IT A STAR RATING—the higher the better! Then, be sure to tell everyone you know to install the channel and do the same! With your help, we'll be able to continue to bring you the best Mihmiverse-related content for years to come!

Lastly and most sadly, the films of Christopher R. Mihm are slowly being removed from Amazon Prime. The company has taken an openly "hostile stance" toward independent films on its service. Films of a particularly lower-budget stripe are continuing to be pulled in an attempt by the company to "clean up" its movie selection.

Recently "It Came From Another World!" joined "Destination: Outer Space" in being inexplicably pulled from the service. Unfortunately, now that they've been removed, neither can be resubmitted and will NEVER be reconsidered by the service. There continues to be no explanation beyond vague boilerplate language about "customer quality standards."

So, unfortunately, it appears the Mihmiverse's days on Amazon Prime are numbered. As such, we encourage you to enjoy them through their service while they last. Just make sure if you START a movie, FINISH it! We've learned that can be a factor in the removal of films because the implication is that if a movie is started but not completed, it may not be of sufficient "quality" to be on its service!

Once you've finished watching something, give it a star rating...but only if your star rating is AT LEAST three. Anything below three stars negatively affects the film and potentially drags it toward the "removal threshold." If you feel so inclined, give it a review, but be honest! Tell the world what you think and maybe even let others know that there are MORE Mihmiverse films available to watch on the service! THEN, encourage everyone you know to do the same! The more streaming minutes the 'verse gets, the longer the films will remain—so feel free to view (and rate!) what's left of the collection!

Thank you for your help!
The latest episode of the Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast has arrived!

This month, host writer/director Christopher R. Mihm talks about the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the Mihmiverse, the status of the next Mihmiverse film, "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Unseen Invasion," and waxes poetic about all the OTHER Mihmiverse-related material he has in the works!

Also included: "The Kansas City Crypt" with Monster Movie Kid Rich Chamberlain, and another "joke" from Dr. Bob Tesla of Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob.

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 Matthew Pavesic!

Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
I am a graduate student in cell and molecular biology and an amateur artist. I spent half of my childhood in Wisconsin, not too far from Mukwonago and the real Phantom Lake. Then, my family packed up and moved to Guam, where I spent my teenage years. I now live in Baltimore, having resided in four countries, five states, and one territory. Through it all, I have probably lived too many lives. I have played in punk bands and worked in urban inclusionary housing planning. I have taught English to immigrants and been to jail. I have written plays and acted poorly in a couple. I got sober in my twenties and have been paid to be a female customer service representative online for several companies. I was a photo-editor for textbooks, an assistant to an astrologer, and a cook at summer camp. I have worked in pet stores, pizza parlors, and coffee roasters. I have researched cancer treatments and the metacognition of undergraduate science students in California, plants that look like rocks and urban bird populations in South Africa, and fish behavior in the Great Barrier Reef. I now find myself in my forties, working on a PhD studying stress, death, and yeast infections at Johns Hopkins University.

When I was about 8 or 9 years old, my father shared one of his favorite movies with me. It was "The Thing from Another World." He explained that he and his sister went to see this picture multiple times. Each time, they would sit in the front row. As the tension of the movie progressed, their fear would drive them farther back in the auditorium until they were either in the last row or had left out of terror. Even at that point in the 1980s, I was rather jaded about how scary this movie could be. Still, the hinted at, but scarcely seen menace, the varied character responses to the threat, and the science fiction premise had me hooked. It kicked off a love of old monster movies, and my father and I especially bond over movies like that one, "The Phantom from 10,000 Fathoms," and "The Creature from the Black Lagoon." This took on a life of its own away from my father, and I discovered so many more treasures, both schlocky and classic.

When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
I do not remember when I FIRST saw "The Monster of Phantom Lake," but it would have been about 5 or 10 years ago, probably on Amazon. I enjoyed it as a one-off homage to the movies I grew up loving, but was not aware that it was just one part of a large oeuvre. Over the last couple years, as I watched other old monster movies on Amazon, their suggestion algorithm introduced me to the fact that there were many more movies made by this independent Midwestern filmmaker named Christopher R. Mihm. I added the movies to my list for future viewing.

My REAL discovery of the films of Christopher R. Mihm came in the last few months during the coronavirus pandemic. My laboratory was shut down, and I was sent home to practice "conceptual biology." I was under a lot of stress, adapting my work to home quarantine and the uncertainty of the times. I was receiving a string of reports of friends and acquaintances who passed away. Not working my typical 10-14 hour days in the lab, I filled the extra time resurrecting my neglected collage art and watching old monster movies for comfort. It was at this time that I started in on the Mihmiverse films. I was really drawn in by the authenticity and genuine regard for the original genre. However, there was something more. I found solace in the charm and sweetness in the movies, clearly made by a bunch of friends and family having a good time. That has been so comforting during these difficult times. It was also great to see the kinds of movies I love, but stories in which intelligent, capable women bring more to the narrative than screaming and falling down while being chased so that they can be slung over the monster's shoulder.

If you had to pick just ONE, which of the Mihmiverse films would be your favorite?
It is probably cliché to say that this is a very difficult question to answer. However, at present, I would probably say that "Danny Johnson Saves the World" is my favorite Mihmiverse film. I have been trying to get the members of my family into the Mihmiverse, and they are rarely willing try anything even remotely associated with the horror genre. So, this particular film has been the perfect starter to hook them with. Although I am often not a fan of child actors, the young Mihms are excellently understated performers. I am really looking forward to the Phantom Lake Kids series of movies. A boy and a puppet can have actual screen chemistry, and this is a great buddy-adventure. The writing is fantastic, with excellent use of the embedded narrative tying more of the Mihmiverse together with other stories not yet told (I want to know about the dinosaurs, and I love seeing the giant spider, which was almost my choice for the favorite). And, of course, as someone raised on the anarchic variety madhouse that was "The Muppet Show," I am pre-programmed to love the Steve People!

Tell us how you, in particular, show your "Mihmiverse pride!"
I probably am one of the least-effective fanboys available. I am not a member of social media and certainly am no influencer. While I have moved in creative circles, I rarely am the guy sending out fan-letters. During the isolation of quarantine, I found it important to share with other people that I was thinking of them and grateful for them. Motivated by that thought, I sent an email to St. Euphoria out of gratitude for the movies that have brought me so much comfort. I am attempting to send money as I can to help keep the lights on and the film rolling in my own small way.

I tell people freely that these films are part of my coping strategy when confronted with the messed-up world. Most of my friends do not share my interests, but have to listen while I talk about the films anyways. My husband thankfully likes the films as well, making my enthusiasm slightly less intolerable. I have been trying to get my brothers and their families to watch some of the Mihm films while they are on lockdown. Someday, when things return to "normal," I hope I get to attend a proper screening of the films, maybe even a premiere, in a venue better than my living room (I promise I will wear trousers).

Where would you like to see the Mihmiverse go in the future?
I am excited for the Phantom Lake Kids movies. As the kids age, it would be great to see them star in more of the teenage drive-in fare, like "Teenagers from Outer Space," "Teenage Zombies," or "I Was a Teenage Werewolf." Even a Mihm-take on "The Blob" would be great, and it would be interesting to see a non-humanoid monster on a budget.

I also wonder if it would be too over-the-top to have a "Mihmiverse spoofs Mihmiverse" special. I don't know if that would be too meta- and would hinder the gentle charm for which I love these films. James Norgard's strong Minnesotan "Dear God, NO!" can be a "Manchurian Candidate"-style codeword to activate some latent alien force that causes people to turn evil, wiggling their fingers to indicate their menace. The only cure could be the flashlight thing.

As a nostalgic viewer of the genre films, one who lived only through the very tail end of the Cold War bomb scares, I strangely like the movies in which the invading aliens talk down to humans about their potential for atomic annihilation. They were overly serious and highly preachy, and as a result, amusing and campy. Often the fine midwestern folks of Phantom Lake County seem more prone to believing in alien invaders than home-grown threats. I imagine there could be gold in discovering what these fine folks would make of an invasion of preachy, self-righteous aliens. Despite the Great Lakes setting, there has been a disturbing lack of hot dish potluck in the Mihmiverse films. (Editor's note: Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has vowed to address the "hot dish issue" in future films and greatly appreciates it being brought to his attention.)
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!
The Green Slime (1968)
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku, starring Robert Horton, Richard Jaeckel and Luciana Paluzzi

It is the future and a giant asteroid is heading straight for Earth! A group of daring astronauts land on the asteroid's surface, plant explosives, destroy the giant space rock and save the planet. BUT, this part of the story is not the focus of "The Green Slime." The film truly begins when the crew returns to the "Gamma 3" space station in orbit around Earth. One of the astronauts accidentally brings a green slime-like substance back to the station. Without warning, the gunk mutates into a humungous, cycloptic, multitentacled creature that has the ability to generate lethal amounts of electricity. Using science-fiction-ish laser weaponry, the crew of the station fights off the creature, but unfortunately, the alien monster feeds off the energy and uses it to replicate by creating new versions of itself from its own blood. Not surprisingly, the creatures quickly take over, and the crew must fight to the last man to stop the alien horde from making its way to Earth! YES, the plot sounds like a million sci-fi clichés and, admittedly, the film is more or less filled with them. However, it has a very distinct look and feel brought about by the fact that it was produced by MGM but shot in Japan at the Toei company studios and directed by a Japanese director best known for working on samurai and yakuza films! This gives "The Green Slime" a truly unique flair all its own. The movie is a bit on the violent side by comparison to other classic sci-fi films, BUT, as a release from the late '60s, this isn't entirely surprising. The story is exciting, the special effects are superb (particularly the creature designs), and the story is as ludicrously entertaining as it sounds. Highly recommended—though it may scare some of the younger audience members!
— Christopher R. Mihm
This Quiz is the BOMB!

Listed below are five semi-classic science fiction B-movies about the aftermath of atomic shenanigans, and five tidbits of info about each one.

Match them up, and feel the "glow" of success!

1. (1951) "Five"
2. (1955) "The Day the World Ended"
3. (1959) "On the Beach"
4. (1959) "The World, The Flesh and The Devil"
5. (1961) "The Day the Earth Caught Fire"

A. Only 3 people are left after a nuclear holocaust, and they're played by Mel Ferrer, Inger Stevens and Harry Belefonte. It was nominated for the Hugo Award for "Best Dramatic Presentation."
B. The only apparent survivors of a nuclear war end up in a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This film was was nominated for "Best Low-Budget Film of the Year."
C. The U.S. and Russia test atomic bombs on the same day, and knock the Earth out of orbit.. Can the world be saved before it plunges into the sun? This film won an award for "Best British Screenplay."
D. Richard Denning and Mike ("Mannix") Connors lead the cast in a story about a small group of people trying to survive after the apocalypse while staying in a small, protected valley. No awards for this one!
E. After the rest of the world is destroyed, the residents of Australia realize it's just a matter of time before the radiation reaches them. The all-star cast included Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins and Fred Astaire. It was nominated for 2 Oscars and 5 Golden Globes, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Astaire.
Scroll to the bottom of the Mihmiverse Monthly for the answers.
— Mike Cook
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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-D, 3-E, 4-A, 5-C

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