The Giant Spider
Halloween IS coming... and so is "The Giant Spider," the next film from writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, the king of "new old, good bad" movies!

As a special treat in honor of All Hallows' Eve,, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, will be posting a special Halloween sneak preview of the next Mihm film, "The Giant Spider," that will be available for ONLY 24 hours! Running from midnight-to-midnight, this exclusive clip of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's "giant bug" film will show finished footage and, this bears repeating: it will ONLY be accessible on Halloween. After that, you'll have to wait until the big premiere to see it again!

Set your calendar and don't miss it!

Production of "The Giant Spider" is humming along and we've received another cool still from the film—giving us our first glimpse of the title creature!

The Giant Spider!

ALSO, we've finally received the official synopsis of the film!

When radiation left behind by atomic weapons testing creates a gigantic killer mutant arachnid, it's up to a trio of scientists, an Army general, a newspaper reporter and his fiancée to figure out how to stop the hungry beast from devouring the entire county in "The Giant Spider," the eighth 1950s-retro-styled film from writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, the king of "new old, good bad" movies!

"The Giant Spider" is currently in production and stars Daniel R. Sjerven (Lt. Elliott/Stan Johnson/Captain "Ace" Frehley), Shannon McDonough (Dr. Hackett/Julie Ann Saint Marie), Mark Haider (General Castle/Nok), Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards/Harlan), Jim Norgard (Dr. Gabriel/Arthur), and Billie Jo Konze. "The Giant Spider" is tentatively scheduled to premiere on May 22, 2013!

Don't forget: the ever-popular associate producer program is back! For as little as $50, you (your significant other, friends, pets, business...whatever) can become an associate producer and get your name listed in the end credits of "The Giant Spider." As a bonus, you'll also receive a pair of collectors tickets to the premiere, five copies of the film on DVD, and a frame-able certificate with your name and title—perfect for your own "wall of fame!" (That's a $75 value!)

For more information, visit the merchandise page at, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm. To learn more about some of the folks who have already become associate producers, check out the Meet the Associate Producers interview further down in this newsletter!

The full set of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films is now ON SALE! For only $49.99 (+$9.99 shipping & handling), you'll get all seven Mihmiverse films on DVD! You'll save more than $27 and that, by far, is the BEST DEAL around!

Set of 7 Mihmiverse DVDs

$49.99 (+$9.99 s&h)

The set includes: "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!"

Visit the merchandise page to order OR click the Add to Cart button above to order RIGHT NOW!

Since the films of Christopher R. Mihm are well known for family-friendly scares, October has traditionally been the busiest month for Mihmiverse-related events and appearances—and this October is no exception! Almost every weekend (and the weekend after Halloween) will feature screenings of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films in unique environments, including: 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 newest episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast is now available for download!

Dan 'n' Shan!
On a beautiful September night, hosts Rhuby 'n' Hater welcome a gang of friends around the bonfire in this, the latest episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast. In addition to permanent guest writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, the two main leads of the next Mihmiverse film, "The Giant Spider," Shannon McDonough (Dr. Hackett/Julie Ann Saint Marie) and Daniel R. Sjerven (Lt. Elliott/Stan Johnson/Captain "Ace" Frehley) are interviewed. Other special guests include firetender Jim Norgard (Arthur/Dr. Gabriel), the first lady of the 'verse, Stephanie Mihm, Elizabeth Kaiser (Alice Johnson) and Ed Oliver (associate producer and prior firetender). As you can imagine, chaos ensues!

Also included is the latest episode of "Commander Lambent: Space Explorer... in Space!" and bad poetry written by one of the guests!
Part 1 (full version) — Part 2 (full version) — Part 3 (full version) — Rhuby Edit

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:
  • Monster Hits!
    Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) gives us a historical (and hysterical) perspective on some of the original "popular music" created for the schlocky drive-in films of the 1950s and '60s!
  • Puzzlin' with Sid
    Another puzzle created just for the Mihmiverse Monthly by super-actress and wordsmith Sid Korpi (Leigh/Administrator Ripley)!
  • 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!

Them! (1954)
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn and Joan Weldon

Giant mutant ants invade the American southwest in one of the best Atomic Age "giant bug" films ever made. Naturally, fallout from nuclear tests is responsible for the appearance of giant insects hell-bent on replacing the human race as the dominant species on the planet. Defeating the creepy-crawly menace falls to a pair of father/daughter scientists and tough guys James Whitmore and James Arness (of "Gunsmoke" fame). As the creatures begin to breed uncontrollably (as insects tend to do), our intrepid heroes must race against time to stop "Them!" Although the giant monsters are dated by modern standards, everything else holds up extremely well with some truly incredible performances from the stellar cast. Some of the action and set pieces are still just as creepy now as they were then, with one in particular—a descent into a dimly lit nest filled with eggs—bring to mind James Cameron's 1986 sci-fi sequel "Aliens." Highly recommended.

— 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 Robert L. Pastor II.

Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!

My name is Robb Pastor and I am 40 going on 25. (Hahaha!) Although I am employed as a healthcare executive up in Crosby, MN, my passions are anything related to Halloween or horror...and music (especially electronic dance music). I have over 3,000 DVDs in my horror movie collection and I also have over 5,000 CDs and 2,500 Records. In my younger years, I worked as a club DJ and freelance music writer. I'm originally from Detroit, MI, and have lived in Minnesota for six years. Last year, I also married the most beautiful woman in the world.

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

I didn't discover Christopher's films until 2011. A friend and I went to see "Attack of the Moon Zombies" in Minneapolis. We weren't sure what what we were in for, as we only happened to stumble upon an article about the film. Needless to say, we were blown away and both us have been huge fans ever since.

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

I've seen all of Christopher's films and I love every single one of them. However, if I had to pick one as my favorite, it would have to be "House of Ghosts." It's a great homage to one of my favorite horror directors, William Castle. I have fond memories of going to the drive-in and movie theaters with my dad on Saturdays to watch creature double features. "House of Ghosts" would have been perfect for those days. Also, I really like watching Christopher hone his skills with each film that he makes. Like I said before, I love them all but it's evident that Christopher tries to "up the ante" on each subsequent film.

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

A lot of reasons. First, I am really tired of the crap that we are getting from the major studios. It's a constant stream of crummy remakes that don't appeal to anyone except the teen "Twilight" crowd. I don't feel like these studios care about the true horror fans one bit. It's all about profit and nothing more. The quality of films continues to go down, and we're lucky if we get one or two great films a year (and when we do, they're usually foreign, eg. "Martyrs," "Inside," etc.). As a result, I'll do everything I can to help out the smaller, independent directors. Also, I am a huge fan of Christopher's. He is doing what he loves. I've heard him say several times that all he wants to do is make enough money to be able to make more movies. I truly respect what he does and hope that he continues to make films for many years. I can't wait to see what he does with "The Giant Spider!"

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 collectors 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!

In 1962, MGM pictures, apparently looking to serve the new "teen horror film" market without spending a lot of money, imported an Italian film called "Lycanthropus," re-recorded the dialogue in English, tacked on a theme song called "The Ghoul in School" by a group called "The Fortunes," and released it to universal disdain.

The title pretty much sums up the plot: After a former doctor gets a job in a troubled-girl's dormitory, the school begins to get harassed by a werewolf and the girls start dying.

Pardon the pun, but the whole production is a real "howler."
— Mike Cook

Each letter in the sentence below has been consistently substituted for another letter. (For instance, to get you started, every B below stands for an A in the puzzle's Mihmiverse-related solution sentence.)


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

— Sid Korpi

We just tried this delicious recipe several nights ago! Even the littlest monsters asked for seconds and cleaned their plates. This recipe is for two servings, but it's easy to double (or triple) depending on the size of your monster crew! Add a side salad or gelatin mold for a well-rounded meal, and don't forget your glass of milk!

Creole Chicken
Creole Chicken

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1/3 cup julienned green pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup sliced onion
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup hot cooked rice

In a small nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken in oil over medium heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or a meat thermometer reads 170°. Remove and keep warm.

In the same skillet, combine the tomatoes, green pepper, celery, onion, chili powder, thyme and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Return chicken to pan; heat through. Serve with rice.

Yield: 2 servings.

1 chicken breast half with 2/3 cup sauce and 1/2 cup rice equals 320 calories. My monsters rated this yummy dish 5 out of 5 "howls." Enjoy!

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

Tuesday Nights - 9:00PM

Andy Wilkins (The Medium) hosts a trivia night at the Green Mill in Eagan, Minnesota!

Green Mill, 1940 Rahncliff Road, Eagan, MN
October 6 - 11:30PM

"Attack of the Moon Zombies" will screen at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum. Admission is $1.00 or free for museum members! DVDs will be on sale at this event!

Armstrong Air & Space Museum, 500 Apollo Drive, Wapakoneta, OH
October 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 27

Catherine Hansen (Mary/Yureena Null) appears as Velma in Dana's Boys production of "The Scooby Doo Show."

Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN
October 14 - 6:00PM

"House of Ghosts" has been accepted to and will screen at the Highway 61 Film Festival in Pine City, MN!

Pine Technical College, 900 4th Street South Southeast, Pine City, MN
October 19-20, $1.00 donation

Continuing a long-held Mihmiverse tradition, "House of Ghosts" will screen at this year's Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt in Mukwonago, WI! 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 19-21

The Mihmiverse returns to ValleyCon, the Fargo Entertainment Expo!

Now in its 38th year, ValleyCon is the Red River valley's premiere genre event and has featured many familiar "big name" guests over the years! Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will be a featured guest at this year's event and he is scheduled to host screenings of his films and panel discussions alongside recognizable Mihmiverse faces like Mark Haider, Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati, and Mitch Gonzales!

For location and admission information, please visit the event's website
Opening October 25

Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) appears in the 20% Theatre Company production of "The Rover." Advance tickets are on sale now!

Check out the company's website for more information!
October 31 - 10:00PM

"House of Ghosts" screens at a FREE "audience participation" Halloween event at UC San Diego!

The film will be screened in Esperanto (with English subtitles) and the audience will assist with live over-scoring, providing additional horror sounds: play on a real Theremin, if you dare! Also: coax some spooky sounds from ritual percussion instruments and orchestral oddities such as the thunder sheet, flex-a-tone, vibra-slap, waterphone, etc.

Visit the event's website for more information about this one-of-a-kind event!
November 2-3

"House of Ghosts" (with additional 3-D elements!) screens at the Drunken Zombie Film Festival in Peoria, IL!

Visit the website for location and admission information!
November 3 - 9:00AM–1:00PM

Sid Korpi (Leigh/Administrator Ripley) will be on hand for All About Dogs Day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Everything about the day is devoted to our favorite four legged friends! We are taking reservations now for visitors & their canine companion to enjoy a wonderful walk together on 3-mile drive, followed by a pet expo fair in their historic Snyder Building.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN

Ever wondered if a raw food diet is right for your dog? "Sid's Canine Kitchen" host, Sid Korpi (Leigh/Administrator Ripley)—a lifelong animal lover and author of the award-winning book "Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss"—provides answers to common questions/concerns regarding making the switch to feeding your dog raw food. She also demonstrates how to prepare this nutritious diet for your pet yourself. You'll learn why she has been feeding her own four West Highland white terriers this diet for several years and the wonderful results she's seen from it. This DVD was shot and edited by Mihmiverse alums Bob Arndt (Dr. Banks) and Rob Wartick (Dr. Rod).

Visit Sid's website for more information!
"Safe Word," a web series written by and starring Rachel Grubb (Amy/Hagra) and directed by Brooke Lemke (Eina) is now online with new episodes released every Wednesday! "Safe Word," a dark comedy thriller, is the revealing story about a man with a secret, and the lengths he will go to come to terms with it.

Visit the series' episode archive to get up to speed!
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!

Puzzlin' with Sid solution:


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