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From writer/director Christopher R. Mihm...
It is with deep sadness that I must announce the recent sudden and unexpected loss of my good friend, the founder and spiritual center of the "Dallas-Fort Worth Fans of the Films of Christopher R. Mihm," Michael Cross.

Michael was an amazing, kind, gentle, uplifting, unbelievably generous human being who brought so many people together. If our vast connections are a spider web, he was the spider...which I say only because he would have gotten a kick out of it, particularly knowing I knew how much he hated spiders!

He encouraged everyone to never give up on their passions, and loved nothing more than bringing people together, particularly when it meant broadening the reach of artists like myself. He was usually the first to contribute to every Mihmiverse production, and was constantly throwing money at me to help keep the movies coming! Because of that and his tireless promotion of my films, my cinematic career would be a shadow of what it is without him. In all honesty, it will never be possible to quantify what he did to help advance my work.

All of that aside, he was one of my best friends, a brother-in-arms, and a father figure. I will never stop missing him and the world now suffers from a distinctly empty hole that will never be adequately filled. His memory was a blessing and as of right now, I am completely unsure how to process his passing. I loved him and I love you all. Life is short and nothing is guaranteed. Be well. Stay safe and please continue to take care of each other.

— Christopher R. Mihm

As of the publication date of this newsletter, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has completed his "first draft" edit of the Mihmiverse "quarantine movie," "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Unseen Invasion!" This marks the fastest turnaround, from conception to completion, of ANY Mihmiverse film! Granted, given the extremely unusual circumstances under which it was made, this isn't entirely surprising!

According to super-fan and good friend of the 'verse, Jennifer Perkins, this film will serve as a "time capsule" for this very odd year and the threatening, worldwide viral pandemic which haunts all of our lives. According to our sources, the film will also be the shortest feature to date if you don't consider each half of "The Late Night Double Feature" separate features, (of which writer/director Christopher R. Mihm does not) behind "Danny Johnson Saves the World."

"Danny Johnson Saves the World," which more-or-less serves as a prequel to the Phantom Lake Kids films, clocked in at 66 minutes, with its running time padded by the addition of a two-minute animated Canoe Cops short at the beginning of the movie. This new film, "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Unseen Invasion," is the first official Phantom Lake Kids film to be released (though not TECHNICALLY the first in the in-universe chronological order) and runs at just over an hour.

Given the limits of time and lack of access to "outside Mihm-family help" imposed by the pandemic, we here at the Mihmiverse Monthly would like to be the first to say how impressed we are that, despite the inherent difficulties we're all experiencing right now, the Mihm family has been able to band together and keep the "one-movie-a-year" record going! In fact, by finishing this new film in time to premiere it in this calendar year and with "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Beast Walks Among Us" complete and ready to be released in 2021, the record will remain unbroken for the next year as well!

In honor of this momentous occasion, we've been given permission to publish a very funny "accidental still" from the new film (below). Anyone who has purchased a Mihmiverse DVD or Blu-Ray should be familiar with "accidental still" galleries as special features exclusive to Mihmiverse physical media releases.

"Accidental stills" are a goofy by-product of digital editing software which displays (and allows the editor to save screen captures of) images based on wherever the cursor is placed in a movie's editing timeline. Some of these images end up being especially bizarre, usually involving half-blinks or out-of-context moments, and end up quite entertaining. The one provided below from "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Unseen Invasion" just gets weirder and weirder (and funnier and funnier) the more you look at it! We don't know what's happening at this point in the film and, based on the fact that two of the actors are looking directly at the camera, we're assuming this was taken from an outtake. Regardless, it's fun...and so weird!

Check it out below!

Now that the initial edit of "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Unseen Invasion" is complete, time is running out to get your or your loved one's name in the end credits of the film! Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm is planning a December 23rd digital world premiere (and an open rental window immediately afterwards), so the film MUST be finalized sooner rather than later.

Don't delay! Order NOW! Think about the date of the premiere and then imagine the looks on the faces of your loved ones when they see their names at the end of a movie...a movie safe and funny enough for the entire family to enjoy as they celebrate the holidays!

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.

Don't forget! Credits can be given as gifts! The holidays are on their way and every contributor from this point forward will receive a signed, frame-worthy letter that can be given to whomever you're immortalizing on the silver screen!

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!

"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.


With the ongoing pandemic, this year's holiday season is going to be interesting, to say the least. Therefore, the safest and easiest way to get your shopping done is to start NOW and do it as remotely as possible. Luckily for all your cheesy-monster-movie-loving friends and family members, the entire Mihmiverse catalog of films and related collectibles are available RIGHT NOW for mail order!

From the finally-back-in-stock DVD of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" (pictured here) to Blu-Rays of the latest releases, "Guns of the Apocalypse" and "Queen of Snakes," the films of the Mihmiverse make the great gifts and are a welcome escape from the constant chaos that is the current state of the world. PLUS, it's Halloween month and there are few truly family-safe scary movies that appeal to more than just the kids like the films of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm!

To make it easier for you to get that welcome jump on your shopping, you can order every DVD and/or Blu-Ray we have in stock RIGHT HERE! DVDs cost $9.99 each and Blu-Rays are $19.99 each. Shipping to all U.S. addresses starts at $3.99 for one item (DVD and Blu-Ray) and $1.99 for each additional item (additional fees apply for all orders to be shipped outside of the United States).


Check here if the shipping address is outside of the U.S.
Check here to include writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's autograph
NOTE: Autographs require removal of a disc's protective plastic wrap.
By selecting this option, you agree to allow us to do this!


Your opportunity to own one of the first-ever Mihmiverse jigsaw puzzles is QUICKLY fading! The very small stack of puzzles we have left has gotten much smaller and, once that stack is 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
NOTE: Autographs require removal of a disc's protective plastic wrap.
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You can now own a copy of the 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 (+$1.99 shipping & handling)
If you're like most people these days, you tend to digitally 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 latest release, "Queen of Snakes," everything you need to "visit" the denizens of Phantom Lake County is available for your viewing pleasure!

Most of the films of the Mihmiverse—excluding "It Came From Another World!" and "Destination: Outer Space"—are free to watch for every Amazon Prime subscriber on Amazon Video. Most modern "smart" TVs, set-top boxes, and Blu-Ray players have the ability to stream Mihmiverse movies into your homes and devices. AND, as of right now, streaming through Amazon Video is one of the few services that earns Saint Euphoria Pictures a couple bucks in the process! It's not nearly as much as purchasing physical media, but every penny helps!

Drive-in Monsters is the official Mihmiverse Roku channel and is the place to find all the films of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm AND a collection of special features curated by the man himself! Eventually, it is Mr. Mihm's 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, the entire Mihmiverse collection is also available for both rental and purchase through its 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!
The latest episode of the Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast has arrived!

This month, host writer/director Christopher R. Mihm discusses the forthcoming release of "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Unseen Invasion," talks about the state of the overall Mihmiverse, and pays tribute to his late friend, Michael Cross.

Also included: Some prognostication with Madame Magda of the Phantom Sideshow 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 super-fan Barry Perkins!

Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
Hi, my name is Barry Perkins. I'm a Billing Project Lead for Thomson Reuters. I was born in late 1973, so the movies that clearly serve as the inspiration for the Mihmiverse are very familiar to me. I have very fond memories of coming home from church and turning on the Sunday Afternoon Matinee and watching cheesy sci-fi/monster movies from the '50s with my Dad. I grew up watching "Dr. Who" (Tom Baker is "my Doctor") and reading "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," so the Mihmiverse was a perfect fit for me. These movies strike what I consider to be the perfect balance between being "self-aware" without congratulating itself for how clever it's being.

When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
My mom and two sisters had been talking about these amazing films from this guy who lives over near them for years. I was slightly curious about them, but had tended to give them an "eye roll" when they talked about getting their names in the credits and dressing up to attend the world premiere. Then the 2016 "Perkins Summer Vacation" happened. When my mom and younger sister left our summer vacation two days early so they could be in the audience for a pair of "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!" performances, I realized this was something I had to check out. Once I saw "The Giant Spider," there was no turning back... I was hooked!

In those four short years, I have gone to being "aware" of the Mihmiverse to one of its biggest supporters. I own multiple collectibles (including several screen-used props) and have even made several props for "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Beast Walks Among Us." I'm hoping the Mihmiverse continues for many more years as it brings much enjoyment to a lot of people.

If you had to pick just ONE, which of the Mihmiverse films would be your favorite?
That is a very tough choice. "The Giant Spider" is my go-to movie when I just want to watch something, and it's the movie I always use to introduce people to the Mihmiverse. However, in my heart, my favorite is "Danny Johnson Saves the World." This movie takes utterly ridiculous ingredients (Danny Johnson wrestling with a puppet, for example) and treats it in a very serious manner. I feel it tests your upper limits of how willing you are to suspend your disbelief, and good art is always testing limits.

Tell us how you, in particular, show your "Mihmiverse pride!"
My desk at work (up until recently) had an entire shelf and several walls dedicated to the Mihmiverse. My pride and joy, a laser rifle from "Demon with the Atomic Brain," held center stage. I've now moved them all home and have two book shelves dedicated to all the various collectibles I have, including a Death Dealer costume "The Guns of the Apocalypse," Mrs. Crawford's blanket from "Queen of Snakes," and even the spider leg from "The Giant Spider!" Bruce, a distant relative of Steve from "Danny Johnson Saves the World," has traveled with us on multiple road trips and has even had his own calendar as well as a Facebook page (search for "Bruce the Alien"). Bruce and I try to spread the word about the wonderful world of the Mihmiverse to all corners of the map. I'm also working on a Mihmiverse card game, so stay tuned for more about that!

Where would you like to see the Mihmiverse go in the future?
That's a tricky one. In the past, I would have said more movies, but given the uncertainty of the future I'm more likely to say still do one movie a year and then some smaller projects. I'd love to see more about Butch and Chip (from the Phantom Lake Kids series) and maybe some other side characters in smaller adventures. I've always wondered what happens in this universe during the "down time" between monster attacks. Maybe some short films about the local therapist, late night radio host or local bar?
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 Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)
Directed by Alan Rafkin
Starring Don Knotts, Joan Staley and Dick Sargent

Don Knotts stars in this classic comedy as Luther Heggs, a lovable scaredy-cat who works as a typesetter for a small town newspaper. He dreams of one day becoming a big-time reporter and, after being prodded by the paper's janitor to write a story about a local murder-suicide which took place many years prior in a now-presumed haunted house, he slyly slips the article into the paper. The story proves popular with the local citizenry and to boost paper sales, Luther is tapped to spend a night in the old mansion...on the 20th anniversary of the original crime, no less. As he settles in for the night, the house seemingly comes alive with ghostly happenings. The next morning, he writes a story about his otherworldly experiences and he quickly becomes a minor celebrity. Unfortunately, the man who inherited the house isn't particularly happy with the publicity and sues Luther and the newspaper for libel. What follows is a fun, goofy and wholesomely entertaining story about a man in over his head who may or may not have experienced what he thought! "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" can be enjoyed by everyone and is a great movie for this time of year for kids of all ages! The humor is playfully innocent and several running gags are quite funny. Don Knotts was a skilled physical comedian and this film is a perfect example of it. Highly recommended!
— Christopher R. Mihm
Spirits of Comedy

October means Halloween and Halloween means ghosts and haunted houses. Literally HUNDREDS of films have been made featuring one or the other—or both—including writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's "House of Ghosts." Most of them were creepy, many of them were cheesy, some were full length and some were shorts. Some of them were even comedies. In fact, some of the funniest people ever to appear on screen took a crack at making a ghost/haunted house film.

Continuing the comedy theme of Mr. Mihm's Classic Movie of the Month (starring Don Knotts), here is a list of 6 films, and a list of comedy legends. With nothing else to guide you but your funny bone, your mission is to match them up, and then go watch one. We need a little comedy in today's world.

1. (1940) "The Ghost Breakers"
2. (1941) "Hold That Ghost"
3. (1942) "A Haunting We Will Go"
4. (1946) "Spook Busters"
5. (1949) "The Ghost Talks"
6. (1953) "Scared Stiff"

A. The Three Stooges (Larry, Moe & Shemp)
B. Abbot & Costello
C. Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis
D. Laurel & Hardy
E. The Bowery Boys
F. Bob Hope
Scroll to the bottom of the Mihmiverse Monthly for the answers.
— Mike Cook
Did you know that "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!" is now available to be performed by schools and theatre companies nationwide?!

We offer carefully prepared materials of similar (or higher) quality than what you would receive from one of the big Broadway theatrical licensing companies. However, our independent licensing model allows us offer individualized service catered to your organization. When you decide to license a show with us, the success of your production becomes our number-one priority! Heck, the authors might even fly out to see one of your shows!

Production packages include scripts, orchestra books, and conductor/accompanist scores (condensed and full score options), all professionally printed in a beautiful and clean format. We even include rehearsal backing tracks that fully match the music printed in the libretto and on the cast recording CD! This is a great option for productions where using a live orchestra isn't possible, for "black box" style theaters, or when your group doesn't have a rehearsal accompanist regularly available.

We also include free logos for use in your advertising materials, and we can offer personalized graphic design as well as transpositions of vocal and orchestra parts on demand. Visit monsterofphantomlake.com to hear songs from the show, learn more about the script, and request a quote, perusal script, or license agreement.
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-F, 2-B, 3-D, 4-E, 5-A, 6-C

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