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"The Phantom Lake Kids in The Beast Walks Among Us" World Premiere
July 27, 2022 — doors at 6:30PM, movie at 7:30PM

The 17th Mihmiverse film in as many years, "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended," arrives at the end of the month—and we're finally getting back to the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights, MN for a live, in-theater MIHMIVERSE WORLD PREMIERE!

Attendees will enjoy an evening of retro-inspired cinematic fun complete with hand-picked, era-appropriate newsreels, classic trailers, appearances by most (if not all) of the cast and crew, autographs, photo opportunities with monsters from the movie, a silent auction and more! DVDs, Blu-Rays, posters, exclusive collectibles, and other merchandise will be on sale!

Advance tickets to the event are STILL AVAILABLE!

IMPORTANT! This is the first Mihmiverse premiere since the Covid pandemic began (and 2019's "Queen of Snakes"). In the interest of protecting the health and safety of premiere attendees, we will be adhering to strict guidelines concerning certain Covid-related protocols. Regardless of the Covid infection rate on the date of this event, all attendees will be REQUIRED to wear a mask to attend. Only 120 advance tickets have been made available to give the organizers the ability to limit the event to half-capacity should it be required—and more than half are already gone! The remaining 120 tickets will be sold at the door IF conditions are favorable to adding seats beyond 50% auditorium capacity!

Advance ticket holders will receive exclusive, collectible, individually-numbered tickets for every admission purchased. To be admitted, you MUST present your ticket(s) at the door. If you fail to do so, you will be required to pay AGAIN to enter—and only if tickets are available at the door! Collector's tickets have been put in the mail and should start arriving any day now!

The Heights Theater is located at 3951 Central Avenue Northeast in Columbia Heights, MN.

"The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended"
World Premiere Advance Tickets
$15.00 each




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, 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.

IMPORTANT! This item is pre-order only. All orders will ship on or around July 27th!

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

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In honor of the forthcoming world premiere of "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended," we're offering this very cool, exclusive poster signed by the entire cast!

Designed by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, this stylized, retro-inspired 11" x 17" poster features the five "Phantom Lake Kids" and promises retro hyperbole befitting the over-the-top nature of the film and the Mihmivese itself!

Since most of the main cast in this film are the offspring 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 in one place!

This EXCLUSIVE collectible poster is available for a limited time and in extremely low quantities! Order NOW because once they're out-of-stock, they won't be back!

$9.99 each
(+$4.99 shipping & handling)


Though the biggest Mihmiverse-related news is the world premiere of the last Phantom Lake Kids movie coming at the end of this month, principal photography of the NEXT Mihmiverse film, "Annihilate All Humans!," is well on its way!

To date, a handful of scenes involving the four main characters (Mike Cook as Dr. Edwards, James Norgard as Dr. Gabriel, Mark Haider as General Castle, and Tyler Haines as Agar) and a few others NOT involving those actors have been committed to "film." In addition, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has put out a call on social media for folks LIKE YOU who might be interested in appearing in the movie! All you have to do is get some friends and family together and shoot a little video!

Whatever you film, make sure you follow these rules:

First, wear 1950s/early 60s-ish era appropriate clothes. Second, film in front of an era-appropriate or neutral background—basically avoid things like modern cars, billboards, and/or 21st-century technology. Film your "scene" using a smartphone or video camera that can handle 1080 HD video—just make sure if you use a smartphone, you shoot in landscape mode. Mr. Mihm cannot use anything shot in an "up and down" portrait mode. Use as many or as few people as you want and simply recreate a classic B-movie "crowd running away from a threat" scene. Scream and holler if you'd like, but if you don't want to or can't, screams will be added over your video.

For a good idea of what Mr. Mihm is looking for, watch this scene from the 1958 classic "The Blob!"

If you'd like to potentially be "vaporized" in the movie, film a NON-MOVING shot of you running into frame, looking up, and pausing for the dissolve and laser beam special effect. Then, leave the frame and allow about ten seconds of an empty frame (which is used for the dissolving vaporization special effect). It doesn't matter how you shoot it as long as it uses a 16:9 aspect ratio (which is standard for any phone when filming in widescreen), is filmed in at least 1080p HD, and is a STATIC SHOT. Make sure your phone/video camera DOES NOT MOVE for any "vaporization" videos or the special effect will not be possible and your video will not be included in the film.

Your video may end up as part of a "news broadcast" in the film and may be "visually downgraded" to look like an old black & white TV broadcast. Whatever you do, make sure everything is filmed outside during daylight hours! Video submissions will be needed by the end of July/early August! To submit your video, contact us by sending an email to info@sainteuphoria.com and we will coordinate a method by which to receive your video! Have fun with it and keep in mind: the most interesting videos will have a much greater chance of ending up in the finished film!

IMPORTANT! Submitting a video DOES NOT guarantee it will appear in the movie. However, we will do our best to include as many as possible! Any person appearing in any video which "makes the cut" will be required to sign an image/likeness release form. If anyone appearing in any video you submit refuses to sign a release form, your video WILL NOT be included under any circumstances, so make sure everyone is onboard with this BEFORE you start shooting!

Don't forget, the Mihmiverse is only made possible by contributions from fans like you. And, as principal photography marches forward, now is the time when the Mihmiverse needs your contributions the most!

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!?

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 17 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 Mihmiverse Holiday Special," 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!

July traditionally tends to be the quietest month for Mihmiverse news updates but, regardless of that fact, some pretty exciting things have happened during July in previous years. In 2019, the first teaser image of the title monster of "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Beast Walks Among Us" was released! Check it out below!

The biggest and most unique Mihmiverse happening to ever transpire occurred in July of 2016: "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!" opened at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie, WI and blew away everyone in attendance! If you weren't lucky enough to be present for this life-altering event, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm filmed the entire run of the play and edited his footage into the "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!" performance DVD! The performance can also be enjoyed at Vimeo!

On July 30th, 2015, before a screening of "Danny Johnson Saves the World" writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, flanked by a vampire woman, the bride of Frankenstein and a gorilla (man-in-suit, of course), was presented with a key to the city of Forest Lake, MN, by Mayor Stev Stegner and the day was proclaimed to be "Minnesota Filmmaker Christopher R. Mihm Day!"

"The Giant Spider" screened as part of a double-feature with the 1958 B-movie, "The Blob," at the historic Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, PA, at an event called Blobfest, which celebrates the town's connection to the classic film. By all accounts, the event was a roaring success and the Mihmiverse was invited back to the annual event two more times!

Principal photography of arguably the most popular Mihmiverse film to date, "The Giant Spider," began on July 19th, 2012. The movie was released the following May and continues to screen at events across the world and remains the most streamed of all of Mr. Mihm's works.

As far as we know, the only time a Mihmiverse film screened in Denmark was when "Attack of the Moon Zombies" was shown at the Esperanto World Congress event in mid-July of 2011!
The latest episode of the Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast has arrived!

This month, host writer/director Christopher R. Mihm gets nervously excited for the big world premiere of "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended" and updates us on the status of his now-in-production flying-saucers-attack film, "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 Jess Hurley!

Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
Hey Mihmiverse fans! My name is Jess Hurley and I am from Denver, CO, but I live in Phoenix, AZ where I work as a production analyst. I didn't grow up on black and white movies, but I fell in love with them around 2014 and really started watching a bunch in the past year or so. Sci-fi has always been my thing (which is kind of my dad's fault), but I am thankful he got me into it. I do like horror, but the newer, more realistic stuff just isn't my thing. The Mihmiverse offers everything I love about film.

When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
I actually discovered the Mihmiverse on Amazon Prime. At that time they were offering quite a few films and I just loved them. I was just starting to really increase the catalog of 1950s films I had time to check out. As I watched more, my appreciation of what writer/director Christopher R. Mihm was doing with his work increased.

If you had to pick just ONE, which of the Mihmiverse films would be your favorite?
Picking a favorite is tough, but I love giant bug stuff like "The Deadly Mantis," "Beginning of the End" and "The Black Scorpion." So, if you're going to be throwing a giant spider movie at me, I am going to be all about that. Therefore, my favorite has to be "The Giant Spider!

Tell us how you, in particular, show your "Mihmiverse pride!"
I show my Mihmiverse pride mostly via talking about the movies in various movie groups on social media. I also get my family members to watch the movies whenever I can. Honestly though, in addition to buying the Mihmiverse DVDs as they come out, my goal is to at some point get involved financially.

Where would you like to see the Mihmiverse go in the future?
As far as the future, I would love to see more aliens, of course. I would also love to see more giant creatures—or anything, really!—maybe a 50-foot-tall-man-type movie? As far as ideas, what about escaped cavemen, a two headed mummy, a bio engineered cauliflower monster, or anything fish-monster related. What about something like "Night of the Tax Attorney Ghouls?" Okay, I will settle down! The sci-fi is the limit and whatever Mr. Mihm does, I can't wait!
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!
There are hundreds of monster movies & TV shows listed on IMDb, and many of them actually have the the word "Monster" in the title—like "The Monster of Phantom Lake," for example!

The 1950s were especially full of cheesy "monster-in-the-title" movies, and this month, we're diving into what's out there!

As always, You have a list of films and a list of plotlines. If you can line them up correctly, you'll earn title title of Master Monster Matcher!

Here goes:

1. "Robot Monster" (1953)
2. "Bride of the Monster" (1955)
3. "Monster From Green Hell" (1957)
4. "The Monster That Challenged the World" (1957)
5. "Monster on the Campus" (1958)
6. "How to Make a Monster" (1958)
7. "The Giant Gila Monster" (1959)

A. An alien that looks like a gorilla in a diving helmet has killed all but six people on Earth—then falls in love with one of them.
B. Giant mutated wasps—from Africa!
C. Prehistoric mollusks attack California's Imperial Valley!
D. Hot rods, a record hop and a giant monster that dines on teenagers. Sounds like...yum!
E. The blood of a primitive fish is exposed to gamma rays, and turns a scientist into a bloodthirsty monster.
F. When a makeup artist is fired from a movie studio, he gets revenge with hypnosis and chemicals.
G. Bela Lugosi plays an evil doctor hell bent on using atomic power to turn regular people into super beings. Tor Johnson plays "Lobo." Now where have we heard that name before...?
Scroll to the bottom of the Mihmiverse Monthly for the answers.
— Mike Cook
Gorgo (1961)
Directed by Eugène Lourié
Starring Bill Travers and William Sylvester

It's a story as old as time (or at least as old as the "Godzilla" series): a volcano erupts, a gigantic prehistoric lizard-like monster (the title creature) is awakened from its slumber, and is unleashed upon the populace of an unsuspecting city (London). Landmarks are destroyed (Tower Bridge and Big Ben), people flee in terror, the army is called in, oversized-monster-mayhem ensues and a band of likeable heroes try to save the day by whatever means available. What the story lacks in originality, it makes up for in fun, incorporating familiar elements of other "gargantuan creature" films (particularly "King Kong"). The film even includes a twist concerning the "age" of the creature, but you won't necessarily see it coming if you avoid spoilers entirely. The British-made film is pure cheese through-and-through and is all the better for it, with a great monster design and wonderful special effects. If you're even remotely a fan of the "Godzilla" series (or '50s/'60s era B-movies in general) and have never seen "Gorgo," it's a surprisingly "good/bad" time! Yes, the film is clearly an imitator—but it's a good one, and worth checking out! AND, a little-known fact: "Gorgo" spawned a comic-book series in the early 1960s that lasted 23 issues and is now worth a decent amount!
— 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 Mihmiverse Holiday Special," 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 Mihmiverse Holiday Special") 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-A, 2-G, 3-B, 4-C, 5-E, 6-F, 7-D

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