| CURRENT NEWS
Autumn is officially upon us and things are busy, busy, busy in the Mihmiverse!
With production of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's next monster-ific opus, "Attack of the Moon Zombies" in full swing, the ever-teasing filmmaker was kind enough to provide us with the first image from the film (pictured at right). For this early in the process, we rarely receive images that give us so much to analyze.
With this image, we get a pretty clear idea of the particular visual aesthetic the production team is going for: stark whites, curved doors, and bulkier technology -- which makes a certain amount of sense since this film is set ten years prior to the events depicted in "Cave Women on Mars."
Also, we get a nice, scary little hint as to what monster-maker Mitch Gonzales' moon zombie design may look like. As mentioned in the synopsis (found here), the zombification process has something to do with alien planet spores. Judging by the way this creature's hands look, we think it's safe to say the "plant theme" may be more prevalent in the final design than not! Also, since this IS a Mihmiverse movie, we're assuming the creature will more than likely have big googly eyes!
October has traditionally been the most active month for unique Mihmiverse events, and this month is no exception. From a special weekend triple feature/fundraiser for "Cave Women on Mars" costumer Brittany Hughes (who is currently battling cancer), a pair of outdoor screenings at the Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt in Mukwonago, Wisconsin (home of the REAL Phantom Lake), to the first ever Super Mihmiverse Marathon in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, there's a little something for every Mihmiverse fan to attend and enjoy!
For more information and specifics, check out the calendar section below!
The monsters are coming and they're... cute? At least, these cuddly versions of the monsters of the Mihmiverse are!
Designed and handmade by artist and associate producer Brenda Fulmer (profiled in last month's Phantom Lake Alamanac), these soft and lovable plush monsters are the next in a line of exclusive, rare Mihmiverse collectibles. Previous collectibles included a pair of Oculon action figures created by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and a set of Mihmiverse magnets hand-crafted by actor and "Attack of the Moon Zombies" monster-maker Mitch Gonzales.
Believe us, this picture does not do these adorable critters justice! And yes, they ARE constructed in "era-appropriate" black and white. Why wouldn't they be?!
These unique collectibles will be sold both individually and as a discounted set of all five. Stay tuned to the collectibles section of the SaintEuphoria.com merchandise page because they'll be available sooner than you'd expect!
| CLASSIC MOVIE OF THE MONTH
|The Killer Shrews (1959)
Directed by Ray Kellogg.
Starring James Best and Ingrid Goude.
A "hunky" boat captain (played by a young James Best who is best known as Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane from "The Dukes of Hazzard!") and his loyal sidekick hunker down on a mysterious island to escape an approaching hurricane. There they find a group of scientists engrossed in some rather questionable research. Naturally, these scientists' well-intended "science" involves atomic radiation that inadvertently creates voracious shrews the size of large dogs -- which is exactly what the film uses to portray the mutated creatures: dogs wearing bad doggie-monster mutant shrew costumes! With the giant storm bearing down, the small group is stuck in the scientists' cabin/compound while the extremely hungry nocturnal beasties try to fight their way in! The rest of the plot is pieced together using nearly every cliché of the 1950s B-movie genre -- including a beautiful blonde female scientist, her weasly, jealous ex-boyfriend who isn't very happy when she takes a liking to the new guy, science run amok, out-of-control mutated creatures, running, screaming, questionable acting, so-bad-it's-good writing, and a ridiculous resolution. All things considered, a movie this bad should not be this dang entertaining. At a forgiving 69 minute runtime, "The Killer Shrews" is a fun ride filled with all the things that make classic B-movies so enjoyable. It's one of my favorites, and I highly recommend this film for all connoisseurs of retro drive-in cinema!
Christopher R. Mihm
| MEET THE ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS!
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 "Attack of the Moon Zombies," we will randomly choose and interview one of them.
This month, we interview an entire family of associate producers: The Cruser Family!
Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
We are Michael, Keri, Mary, Katharine, Caedmon (and TBA -- Keri is expecting!) Cruser. Michael works for Applebee's in Coon Rapids, Minnesota and Keri works for the kids. We live in Monticello, Minnesota.
When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
Keri first learned of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films after reconnecting on Facebook. She and Christopher went to high school together!
Which of the five released films is your favorite and why?
"The Monster of Phantom Lake" -- because it is pure awesomeness!
You recently became an associate producer of "Attack of the Moon Zombies." Why?
Bragging rights, five copies of the DVD, collectible tickets: It's too hard to decide!
Interested in becoming an associate producer? For a miniscule monetary investment, all associate producers will get their name listed in the end credits of next year's "Attack of the Moon Zombies," 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 SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, for more information. Who knows? Maybe next month we'll be interviewing YOU!
| CALENDAR OF EVENTS
|October 1-2 - dusk (CDT), adults $4.00, kids 5-12 $2.00, under 5 FREE!
Bring your whole family to the Stardust Drive-in Sci-Fi Weekend!
Over the course of the first weekend in October, the Stardust Drive-in in Chetek, Wisconsin (less than two hours outside the Twin Cities) will be screening a triple-feature of "Terror from Beneath the Earth," "Destination: Outer Space" and "The Monster of Phantom Lake!" In addition, during this weekend's events, we'll be collecting individual donations (and donating half of all Mihmiverse merchandise sales) to help "Cave Women on Mars" costume designer Brittany Hughes as she battles melanoma, one of the less common, though most problematic, forms of skin cancer.
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and many of the actors and crew will be on hand to meet, greet, and sign merchandise.
This is the perfect opportunity to see the films of Christopher R. Mihm in a venue they were absolutely MADE FOR, so DO NOT MISS THIS CHANCE!
Stardust Drive-in Theater, 995 22nd Street, Chetek, WI (715) 458-4587
|October 15 & 30
Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie) dances and sings for Ovation: A Tribute to the Music of Prince at McKracken's Pub in Burnsville, Minnsota (10/15) and Buster's Sports Bar & Grill in Mankato, Minnesota (10/30).
Check out the group's website at: ovationmusicgroup.com for specific locations, times and ticket information.
|October 15-16 - dusk (CDT), $1.00 donation
Continuing a long-held Mihmiverse tradition, "Destination: Outer Space" will screen at this year's Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt in Mukwonago, Wisconsin! Mukwonago, home of the actual Phantom Lake, will again host this great family-friendly event where Field Park (essentially the town's "Central Park") is decorated with hundreds of carved, lit pumpkins placed along the walking path that runs through it. The movie will be screened "drive-in style" in the middle of the park. Bring your own seating! Admission is only $1.00 per person and the proceeds go to good local causes.
Field Park, corner of Highway 83 and County Road NN, Mukwonago, WI
|October 27 - 7:00pm (CDT)
Just in time for Halloween, NFTS Productions premieres "Strip Club Slasher," their latest gore-fest featuring Rachel Grubb (Amy/Hagra).
The Mounds Theatre, 1029 Hudson Road, St. Paul, MN
|October 28 - 9:30pm (CDT)
Rachel Grubb (Amy/Hagra) appears in the Minnesota-produced horror/sexploitation short film "Grinning Faces."
The Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
|October 28-30 - 7:30pm (CDT)
Catherine Hansen (Yureena Null) performs in "Yellow Kings and Darker Things," a double-bill of macabre spine-tingling tales at the People's Center Theater.
People's Center Theater, 425 20th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
All five Mihmiverse films will screen back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back at the Grand Little Theatre in Eau Claire, Wisconsin! In addition to supporting the films (half the door will go right into the budget for "Attack of the Moon Zombies"), a large portion of the proceeds from this event will go to help the theater raise enough money to better accomodate patrons with disabilities by installing an elevator. This event is open to everyone and, being that it's a day before Halloween, costumes are very much encouraged! A few Mihmiverse monsters will even be there, so bring your camera and get your photo snapped with one -- or more!
Advance tickets are now available for $5.00 per single movie or $20.00 for a five-film pass. All five-film pass holders (purchased either in advance or at the door) will receive an exclusive, individually-numbered collector's ticket AND be treated to a special end-of-the-night sneak peek at next year's "Attack of the Moon Zombies" that will not be shown anywhere else... EVER. Hope to see you all there!
SPECIAL BONUS! Due to popular demand, if you become an associate producer (at any level) before October 15th, you'll earn a free five-film pass to this event! Don't miss this great opportunity to see exactly where your support is going as one of the first people ANYWHERE to catch a glimpse of "Attack of the Moon Zombies!"
Grand Little Theatre, 102 West Grand Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
|November 7 - 2:00pm (CDT)
Sid Korpi (Eh'donish Woman) performs a pet blessing in her other role as an animal chaplain at the Dog City Dog Park.
Dog City Dog Park, 5701 International Parkway, New Hope, MN
|November 11-14 & 18-21
Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) will be playing the role of the Muse in "The Odyssey." This is Deanne's thesis role as she will be completing her Masters of Fine Arts degree this coming spring! (Congratulations, Deanne!)
Minnesota State University Mankato, 201 Performing Arts Center, Mankato, MN
| ONLINE, ETC.
|Justen Overlander (Jonathan/Sheriff Elliott) is back to blogging at mn2la.blogspot.com, and he continues his Minneapolis Independent Filmmaking Industry column at Examiner.com. Stop by and leave a comment for him. And rumor has it that Justen is trying to work his way onto the set of the latest Mihmiverse picture to gather some rad behind-the-scenes footage. Stay tuned!
|Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) can be seen online in "Forsythia," a soon-to-be-released sci-fi Web series now being promoted on YouTube. He can also be seen playing the tuba on KSTP-TV in Minneapolis in a series of commercials for KS95 radio.
|M. Scott Taulman (Sven/Gustav II) can be seen playing the part of "Berger" in "Tillie's All Night Bean Machine," a web series filmed entirely on location at Tillie's Bean, the coffee shop that hosted the "Destination: Outer Space" trailer premiere party earlier this year. To view episodes as they are released, visit the series' website at www.allnightbean.com.
|Keep track of all Sid Korpi's (Eh'donish Woman) signings, appearances, and other promotional events for her book "Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss" by visiting the appearances page at her website: www.goodgriefpetloss.com.
|Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie) appears in the third installment of "One Night Stand," a web series produced by Restraining Hollywood.
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