Principal photography of the next Mihmiverse film, "House of Ghosts" has begun!

House of Ghosts

Above is the first official image to emerge from the shoot, and it depicts actor James Norgard as Arthur. Where he is or what is going on is unclear, BUT it's pretty clear SOMETHING scary is about to happen! For a film that's being billed as a more frightening departure for writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, this image surely doesn't disappoint!

Principal photography is scheduled to continue through December with the finished film slated to premiere around Memorial Day 2012!

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 "House of Ghosts." As a bonus, you'll also receive a pair of collector's 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!

Given the family-friendly scares the films of Christopher R. Mihm are known for, it's no surprise that the time around Halloween is busy with Mihmiverse-related events and appearances—and this Halloween season is no exception! A plethora of screenings has been added to the calendar, including the Eau Claire premiere of "Attack of the Moon Zombies"; a pair of free screenings in Oshkosh, WI and Forest Lake, MN; a "family matinee" screening of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" presented by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm at the Madison Horror Film Festival; and a return to the Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt in Mukwonago, WI.

More events are in the pipeline but, as of press time, have not yet been finalized. Once they're set in stone, they'll be added to the screenings page on!

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 on availability (and for help, if needed). 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!

Mike Cook!
A rogue thunderstorm forces hosts Rhuby 'n' Hater indoors for the first ever "non-fire" Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast! In this episode, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm talks about all the things going on in the 'verse and Rhuby 'n' Hater interview Mike Cook. Mike is well known in the Mihmiverse as the ridiculously talented actor behind fan-favorite Canoe Cop Gustav from "The Monster of Phantom Lake" and "It Came From Another World!" and Dr. Vincent Edwards from "Terror from Beneath the Earth" and "Attack of the Moon Zombies!" Mike is also starring as "Harlan" in the currently filming "House of Ghosts."

Podcast extras include: "Like a Chalkboard," the newest bad poem from writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, a commercial for Mihmtel Records, and a new "Monster Word of the Day" with Michael Kaiser!

Click here to download part 1Click here to download part 2

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 features exclusive news; interviews with the folks who make the Mihmiverse possible; shameless self-promotion; and original recurring content!

Our scheduled guest for the September 'cast is Shannon McDonough! Shannon is familiar to Mihmivites as the beauty (and talent) behind Julie Ann Saint Marie from "It Came From Another World!" and "Terror from Beneath the Earth" and Dr. Hackett from "Attack of the Moon Zombies!"

The Mihmiverse Monthly, the official newsletter of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, is trying out some new columns. Alongside old standards like the Classic Movie of the Month, Associate Producer of the Month and Calendar of Events, you'll find 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!
  • From the Mihmiverse Test Kitchens
    Best known as Rosemary from "Terror from Beneath the Earth," Stephanie Mihm will share her favorite recipes sure to satisfy any monster-sized appetite!
  • Ask Cryptosis ANYTHING
    The official horror host/pitchman of the Mihmiverse will answer your random questions in his trademarked irreverent style.
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! In the meantime, enjoy the new and improved Mihmiverse Monthly!

Five Million Years to Earth (1967)
Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Starring Andrew Keir and Barbara Shelley

Known as "Quatermass and the Pit" in its native England, "Five Million Years to Earth" is actually the third theatrical release to feature Professor Bernard Quatermass, an English "hero scientist" character who has also appeared in many influential BBC serials. In this adventure, Professor Quatermass is called in after authorities find a strange metallic object in the London Underground. The object is believed to be an unexploded bomb—albeit one surrounded by unusual ape-like skeletons. Quatermass, along with the paleontologist and the paleontologist's assistant assigned to the dig site, look further into the unusual object, and uncover a long history of dark supernatural occurences in the surrounding areas. As they delve ever deeper, they realize the object is extraterrestrial in origin, with a powerful and frightening telepathic force connected to it. Eventually, all hell breaks loose, and it's up to our trio of protagonists to save the world! Plain and simple, this film is excellent. It's tense, well plotted and paced, and masterfully executed. The story unfolds in such a way as to always keep you guessing, and the big reveal, though somewhat cheesy, is very memorable! Admittedly, some of the special effects are dated but, for a film made in 1967, it holds up very well. If you've never experienced a Quatermass film before, this is definitely a good one! 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 "House of Ghosts," we will randomly choose and interview one of them.

This month, we interview Paul Brenholt!

Paul Brenholt
Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!

I love old movies, TV and comics. If it was forbidden me to read or watch as a child, I want it now! As a kid, I loved looking at the ads for the seedy fare at the drive-in movies when they played a horror or crime double-feature. I remember reading a Catholic magazine at my aunt's house with a movie review for "Plague of the Zombies." The rating? CONDEMNED. Do you have any idea how much I wanted to see that movie? It became a holy grail. I scoured the movie ads, then TV listings, for years until I saw it in VHS on the shelf of Suncoast Video. It was one of those "pinch me" moments of life (no, my life is not really that dull, I just wanted to see "Plague" that much). The movie wasn't what I was hoping for in a condemned movie, but it was still pretty good.

What else about me? If I told you what I do now, you'd stop reading. It's boring. Trust me. Before that (in reverse order) I was a computer progammer, customer service rep, teacher, child care worker, camp counselor and—my favorite—theatre usher at the State Theatre in Eau Claire, WI when it was still a movie theatre. I love that old place, then and now. I am glad it is still in operation as a community theatre house, but I wish it still showed movies. I live in Austin, Texas now, but every time I drive up, I always cruise by to take a look at what I thought was the coolest movie house ever.

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

On eBay, of all places. I bought a movie from a seller and looked to see what else he had, and there was "The Monster Of Phantom Lake and "It Came From Another World!" on the list. My first reaction was, "What the heck?" I know my old movies pretty well and never heard of either of these two. Turned out, of course, they were not old movies. Amazon reviews told more and mentioned "Cave Women On Mars." I searched for "Cave Women on Mars" on Amazon, eBay and everywhere else I bought DVDs (a lot) and could not find it. "Cave Women on Mars" instantly attained holy grail status with me—I honestly thought it had gone OOP! I finally found the Mihmiverse through IMDb and there was "Cave Women on Mars!" Pinch me again! Very cool.

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

No doubt, "Cave Women On Mars" lived up to—and exceeded—whatever my 10-year-old/old-guy mind could have envisioned before seeing it. It promised cave women and delivered! It had adventure and laughs in the right spots. I love a movie that can bring back a sense of wonder and even put me back in time a bit. It's really just a great flick I can watch again and show to friends. Next time I watch it (SPOILER ALERT!), I want to count how many times Lieutenant Elliott gets decked. The film really cries out for a sequel.

You recently became an associate producer of "House of Ghosts." Why?

This is a worthwhile venture and I want to see more. I'm throwing in, simple as that. Also, I want to see my name rolling in the credits. I doubt I can act my way our of a wet paper sack, so this may be the only way that will happen.

Interested in becoming an associate producer? For a miniscule monetary investment, all associate producers will get their names listed in the end credits of "House of Ghosts," 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, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, for more information. Who knows? Maybe next month we'll be interviewing YOU!

Movie soundtracks are as old as silent films, when the organist at the theater would provide live music as Rudolph Valentino would "make love" to his co-stars and as the Keystone Cops would create havoc while trying to control it. In 1934, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began awarding Oscars to the best score and the best song.

It didn't take long before savvy Hollywood producers were attempting to make sure their films had a hit song or two on their soundtracks to give them an extra marketing boost. (See the movie! Buy the record!)

In the 1950s, when Hollywood started churning out B-grade horror and sci-fi films for the drive-in movie crowds, producers realized that a key target audience would be teens who, if they weren't really "watching" the film (wink-wink), would at least be able to "hear" it. So attempts were made to create "hip," teen-friendly songs for nearly every film. Almost all of them were schlock and complete failures, but interesting to listen least from a historical (and hysterical) perspective.

Our first song comes from the "less-than-classic" film "The Giant Gila Monster" (1959).              
The plot: Two teenagers are reported missing in a small Texas town, and everyone thinks they've eloped until their bodies are found in a ravine. The sheriff turns to the leader of a hot-rod gang for help. A series of tragic car accidents occur and it becomes apparent that a giant gila monster is roaming the area and killing teenagers. And it might have plans to attend the big record-hop!

The "hit" from this film was "The Mushroom Song," a story song featuring the lead character (Chase Winstead, played by Don Sullivan) strumming an out-of-tune ukelele and singing to a disabled girl. This little ditty was everything a hit song in 1959 wasn't, and the lyrics didn't make any sense, but it made the little girl happy for a few moments...until the monster showed up. Play the video to hear it for yourself!

— Mike Cook

Does your monster clan love potatoes as a side dish, but they're sick of the same old, same old? Then I have a great recipe to share with you! This dish is easy to prepare and even your pickiest monsters will enjoy the sweet and tangy flavor.

Barbecued Potato Wedges
Barbecued Potato Wedges

  • 2 pounds small red potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Place the potatoes in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Drizzle with butter and honey.

Sprinkle with the chili powder, salt, garlic powder and pepper; toss to coat.

Bake, uncovered, at 450° for 25–30 minutes or until potatoes are tender and golden brown, stirring once.

Yield: 6 servings.

1 cup is only 158 calories. My family just can't get enough of this side dish and they've awarded this 10 out of 10 points. Enjoy!

This recipe was originally found in the Taste of Home Comfort Diet Cookbook, a great cookbook if you're trying to lose weight but don't want to give up flavorful food! You can also find this recipe and its corresponding nutrition information on the Taste of Home website!
— Stephanie Mihm

Q: What's the one thing every good cheeseburger needs and why?

A: The world is torn about this issue. You have your ground chuck, ground beef, ground round, ground sirloin, and then there is the conventional, organic, branded, certified, etc. This whole "branded" thing kills me! Angus beef? Do the cattle know or care that their name is Angus? Not likely. Then there is NBA beef, otherwise known as Kobe beef. I'm still uncertain as to whether it's from the National Basketball Association or the Nagasaki Beef Alliance.

Then, of course, you have your fringe loonies who want to make them out of everything except frog tonsils. For all I know, they may now be doing that anyway!

What's the deal? Don't get me started on the whole hamburger vs. cheeseburger debate either or I will start eating the frog-tonsil burgers. Besides, who would want to attend one of my famous candlelight cookouts knowing they could be getting tonsil burgers?

So... what was the question? Here is how I do it: Ground sirloin, cheddar cheese, a crispy hard roll, and a 1/4 stick of butter prepared on a real charcoal grill. The experts all say various foods will kill you. If I am going to be killed by something I eat, I want the death certificate to read, "Death by Clogging."

Want to ask Cryptosis, the official horror host/pitchman of the Mihmiverse, a question?

Send ANY question about ANYTHING to and yours may be the next one answered!

Now through October 30

Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) appears as "The Mayor" in "Unnecessary Farce" at the Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre.

Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre, 3919 Crescent Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
Now through September 5

The Mihmiverse returns to the Minnesota State Fair! Just like last year, all of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's finished films will screen as part of the all-day-every-day movie marathons at the Blue Moon Dine-In Theater!

In a sea of fried and/or on-a-stick "delicacies," the Blue Moon offers unique "sit-down food" in an airy, shaded building filled with old car seats and benches facing a movie screen that features classic B-movies, television shows, and the films of the Mihmiverse! If you stop by, you may even run into writer/director Christopher R. Mihm or any of the myriad of other Mihmiverse personalities!

The "Blue Moon Dine-in Theater" is located on the southeast corner of Carnes and Chambers, west of the Grandstand ramp.

During its run, The Minnesota State Fair is open everyday from 6:00am to 10:00pm. We hope to see you there!
September 3 - 11:00pm

"Cave Women on Mars" screens at the Sci-Fi Center in sunny Las Vegas!

The Sci-Fi Center, 900 Karen Avenue, Suite D-202 (upstairs inside the Commercial Center), Las Vegas, NV
September 17 - 10:00am–3:00pm

Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) will appear at Goldzilla 2011, the biggest Golden Retriever event in the Midwest!

Bring your Golden Retriever and the whole family for an unforgettable day of fun. And be sure to collect pledges and join us for the Walk for Rescue, a comfortable 5K sponsored walk along beautiful wooded trails. All proceeds benefit Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM), a Golden Retriever rescue organization serving Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Island Park, Victoria Avenue & Highway 694, Shoreview, MN
September 22 - 9:30pm

"Attack of the Moon Zombies" screens FOR FREE at the Lake 5 Theatre for a very special edition of Edwood Grimm's Thursday Night Fright, a bi-monthly event that features classic horror films like 1958's "The Fly," 1941's "The Wolf Man," and 1955's "Tarantula!"

Lake 5 Theatre, 1480 South Lake Street, Forest Lake, MN
September 23 - 8:00pm

Friday Fright Night presents a special FREE screening of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" at the Time Community Theater in Oshkosh!

Time Community Theater, 445 North Main Street, Oshkosh, WI
September 25 - 7:00pm–9:30pm

The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild presents the Western Wisconsin premiere of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" at the Grand Little Theatre in Eau Claire!

Enjoy an evening of family-friendly film fun! Doors open at 7:00pm and the movie starts at 7:30! Popcorn, pop and other concessions will be on sale, and after the film, you can buy some cool Mihmiverse swag, and hob-nob with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and a cast member or two. You might even meet one of the zombies, so bring your camera!

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under, and will be available at the door! Proceeds will go to the CVTG building fund.

The Grand Little Theatre, 102 West Grand Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
October 6 - 7:00pm

"Potpourri," a film starring Douglas Sidney (Dr. Collins) and a singing Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie/Dr. Hackett), premieres at the Riverview Theater.

Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
October 6–30

M. Scott Taulman (Sven) will be playing "The Jimmer" in "Escanaba in da Moonlight" for Flying Pig Productions on the Showboat in St. Paul.

Check the production company's website for location and admission information!
October 8

Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm personally presents a "family matinee" screening of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" at the Madison Horror Film Festival!

Market Square Cinema, 6604 Odana Road, Madison, WI
October 13

Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) will be a guest speaker at Waggalot Dog Lovers Weekend at Gunflint Lodge near Grand Marais, MN to benefit Homeward Bound animal rescue. Pooches are welcome to join in the fun. Package costs $395 and includes lodging, meals and all activities.

Gunflint Lodge, 143 South Gunflint Lake, Grand Marais, MN
October 14–15 - dusk, $1.00 donation

Continuing a long-held Mihmiverse tradition, "Attack of the Moon Zombies" 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 15

Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie/Dr. Hackett) will perform as a can-can dancer for the the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation's Medicine Ball, Fête des Mères. Proceeds will support a new arrival—The Mother-Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Minneapolis Children's—in the fall of 2012. The new, state-of-the-art birthing center will provide an extraordinary patient care experience for mothers, babies and families.

Check out the event's website for more information!
October 20, 23, 27–30

Catherine Hansen (Yureena Null) will be playing Velma in the Dana's Boys production of "The Scooby Doo Show" at Bryant-Lake Bowl.

Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN
October 21–23

The Mihmiverse is coming to ValleyCon, the Fargo Entertainment Expo!

Now in its 37th (!) iteration, ValleyCon is the Red River Valley's premiere genre event and has featured many familiar "big name" guests over the years! Speaking of which, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has been added as a featured guest at this year's event! He is scheduled to host screenings of his films, panel discussions, and a party room packed with several recognizable Mihmiverse faces like Michael Kaiser, Mark Haider, Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati, Rylan Bachman, Elizabeth Kaiser, Anthony Kaczor and Sid Korpi!

For location and admission information, please visit the event's website!
October 21–November 6

Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) will appear as Miss Minchin in the musical "A Little Princess" at Steppingstone Theatre.

Steppingstone Theatre, 55 Victoria Street North, St. Paul, MN
October 29

Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie/Dr. Hackett) will appear alongside the official horror host of the Mihmiverse, Cryptosis, at the Haunted Halloween Flea Market! Other guests will include WWF stars Honky Tonk Man & Greg Valentine, Linda Harrison ("Planet of the Apes"), Fred "The Hammer" Williams ("From Dusk Til Dawn"), and Bill Johnson (Leatherface from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2")!

DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, IL

Keep track of all of Sid Korpi's (Administrator Ripley) signings, interviews, appearances, and other promotional events for her book "Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss" by visiting the appearances page at her website:
Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie/Dr. Hackett) will be a guest on St. Cloud's 103.7FM, The Loon's "Baxter's Morning Sideshow" on September 14th around 8:00am to promote her various projects. Visit the radio station's website for more information!
Those who listened to the Mihmiverse Podcast featuring guest Justen Overlander (Sheriff Elliott/Jonathan) are aware that he is developing a Christian-themed feature film. Justen is currently setting up a campaign to raise development funds. Anyone interested in donating to the development of Justen's project can contact: As always, folks can keep up to date with Justen at his blog and his Examiner Column. You can also like Kenzie Productions on Facebook for further updates from his production company.
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Best known as the hosts of the "Behind the Sliding Door" web video series, Robert Arndt (Dr. Banks) and Rob Wartick (Dr. Rob) recently appeared as extras in "Dead Weight," an independent film from John Pata. Check out their website for more information!

"The Monster of Phantom Lake," "It Came From Another World!," "Cave Women on Mars," "Terror from Beneath the Earth," "Destination: Outer Space," and "Attack of the Moon Zombies" DVDs are now available at, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm.

In addition, "The Monster of Phantom Lake" Collector's Edition DVDs, 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!

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