As the Mihmiverse crew continues to shoot "The Giant Spider," we've been given another cool still from the film—and this one has to be seen to be believed!

The Giant Spider at the Drive-in

After last month's Commander Lambent tease, this one should send loyal Mihmivites into spasms of ecstasy! Truthfully, we don't have any real information regarding what that particular title on the marquee truly means—it may just be a fun in-Mihmiverse joke!

The photo was taken at the Hi-way 18 Outdoor Theatre in Jefferson, WI, during a recent shoot involving several classic cars. Also present that day were actors Bob Arndt (Dr. Banks) and Rod Wartick (Dr. Rod), both of whom were last seen in 2011's "Attack of the Moon Zombies." ALSO, if you look closely, the man who appears to be taking tickets is none other than Dr. Ivan Cryptosis' alter ego, Rick Bates!

Principal photography of "The Giant Spider" is scheduled to continue through the end of the year with the film currently slated to premiere around Memorial Day 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 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!

In association with All for George Productions and Saint Euphoria Pictures, Acoustic Fury Records, an all-acoustic D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) record label based in the Hudson Valley region of New York, put out a call for artists to create a classic B-movie-style theme song for writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's next film, "The Giant Spider!"

Seven bands/artists took the challenge and created seven distinct songs that Mr. Mihm and his production team sifted through to pick one that stood out as the perfect opener to what promises to be the BEST Mihmiverse film to date: "The Giant Spider!"

And the winner is... THE NIGHT HOBS! Congratulations to the band and the six others that provided their works. Below you'll find two announcement videos, one from the label (left) and one from the band (right). We highly recommend watching both to hear the winning song AND hear/see a very special announcement!

The full set of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films is now ON SALE! For only $49.99 (+$9.99 shipping & handling), you 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!

The newest episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast is now available for download!

"House of Ghosts" Premiere Special Edition

'Twas the Night — recorded on May 22nd, 2012, this "night before the premiere of 'House of Ghosts'" episode captures the anxiety and excitement the Mihmiverse crew felt before the big event!

Decompression Session — is a special "after the premiere of 'House of Ghosts' decompression session" recorded a few days after the big event. Hosts Rhuby 'n' Hater and writer/director Christopher R. Mihm discuss their impressions of the premiere with many special guests!

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!

The Blob (1958)
Directed by Irvin Yeaworth
Starring Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut

A terrifying hunk of space gelatin crash lands on Earth within a meteorite and instantly begins consuming the denizens of small town U.S.A. in one of the best known sci-fi/horror films of the 1950s. "The Blob" follows a teenage "gang of ne'er-do-wells" led by a young Steve McQueen (billed as Steven McQueen in his first lead role), as they discover the threat posed by the invader and try to warn the townsfolk of the impending danger. Sadly, no one will listen as people continue to disappear and the blob grows ever bigger. In one of the most iconic scenes from the "drive-in cinema" era, the otherworldly ooze terrorizes the local movie house as the unstoppable substance chases moviegoers out into the street before squeezing through the theater's doorways. Eventually, the blob traps people inside the local diner and the local authorities must figure out a way to stop it before it consumes the entire planet (or something equally sinister)! "The Blob" is, by far, one of the best science fiction films of the 1950s. Everything from the acting, directing and special effects to the truly disturbing and often frightening story are top notch. If you're looking for a way to introduce new people to the wonders of cheesy 1950s cinema, this film is a safe place to start! I heartily recommend it!

— 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 Mike Maloy.

Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!

My name is Mike Maloy. I live in Columbus, OH and I work in IT. I'm a fan of the old-style '50s sci-fi movies, and Chris' movies do a wonderful job of capturing that feel.

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

I happened to see one of the flyers for "Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob" at my local movie theatre. I'm a fan of the sci-fi genre, and it looked like a lot of fun for a Saturday night.

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

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" was the first one I saw, and it was a fun time. I could see the love Chris had for the source material. The other is "Attack of the Moon Zombies." Chris really outdid himself with the multiple layers of movie/television referencing. For me it became a sort of "Where's Waldo?" of classic references.

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

Wacky impulse. Being able to say I played a small part in a movie like this was too much fun to pass up. I'm looking forward to playing this one for some friends one day and pointing out my credit!

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 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!

In 1964, the competition to release the first "monster musical" was fierce. Apparently, bad ideas were contagious. But just as 20th Century Fox was about to release "The Horror of Party Beach," a company called Fairway International swooped in and won the race with "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies."

Actually, this was not the original title of the film. It was supposed to be called "The Incredibly Strange Creatures, or Why I Stopped Living and Became a Mixed-up Zombie," but it was changed when Columbia Pictures threatened to sue the producer over the name's similarity to "Dr.Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb."

The plot was ridiculous: Jerry (Cash Flagg) and his girlfriend Angela (Sharon Walsh) head to a carnival for a day of fun, but when they attend a sideshow performance by Estrella the fortune teller, Jerry is hypnotized and turned into a zombie. Murder and mayhem ensue.

Several sources have named this film as one of the worst ever made—but therein lies its charm, if you can believe anything filmed in "Terrorama" could have charm.

Of course, since it was billed as a musical, there had to be music. Titles included "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" which was NOT the same song that was actually a hit several different times for everyone from Louis Jordan to Asleep at the Wheel. Plus, in this version, the word "boogie" is oddly pronounced as "boozhee."

Another song was "Shook Out of Shape," which probably DIDN'T become a hit because it sounded like several other songs from the 1960s, including everything ever recorded by Annette Funicello. Listen and see what you think!
— Mike Cook

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


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

— Sid Korpi

Do you love enchiladas and lasagna? Well, why not mix these two delicious dishes together? The result will be a tasty main dish that satisfies even the most monstrous of appetites!

Enchilada Lasagna
Enchilada Lasagna

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce
  • 6 whole wheat flour tortillas (8 inches)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • Salsa and sour cream, optional

In a large skillet, cook the turkey, onion and peppers over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in cream cheese and chili powder.

Pour enchilada sauce in a shallow bowl. Dip tortillas in sauce to coat. Place two tortillas in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray; spread with half of the turkey mixture. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining tortillas and cheese.

Cover and freeze for up to 3 months or bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20–25 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with salsa and sour cream if desired.

To use frozen lasagna: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake as directed.

Yield: 8 servings.

1 piece (calculated without salsa and sour cream) equals 282 calories. My monster clan gave this dish 5 out of 5 "growls." You can serve this with a delightful gelatin mold or side salad for a complete meal. 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
September 6-10, 13, 15-16 - 8:00PM

Loudmouth Collective presents a remount of the Peanut Butter Factory's acclaimed production of "Gruesome Playground Injuries" featuring Leigha Horton (Stephanie Yates)

Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
September 7-8 - dusk

"House of Ghosts" screens as part of a two-weekend-long "indie double feature" at the Stardust Twin Drive-in.

Stardust Twin Drive-in, 995 22nd Street, Chetek, WI — (715) 458-4587
September 7-8

"House of Ghosts" screens as a special "Indoor Drive-in Midnight Movie" at the Florida Independents' Film Festival on Friday night.

Saturday afternoon from 2:15 to 3:30, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm conducts an event entitled "Ask Me Anything," a filmmaker-focused workshop in which Mr. Mihm shares his secrets of indie film success!

Wyndham Tampa Westshore, 700 North Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL
September 14-15 - dusk

"House of Ghosts" screens as part of a two-weekend-long "indie double feature" at the Stardust Twin Drive-in.

Stardust Twin Drive-in, 995 22nd Street, Chetek, WI — (715) 458-4587
September 14-16

"House of Ghosts" has been accepted to, and will screen at, the B-Movie Celebration! As an added bonus, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will be in attendance to present the film!

Yes Cinema, 328 Jackson Street, Columbus, IN
September 14-16

Dr. Ivan Cryptosis, the official horror host of the Mihmiverse, will be appearing at this year's Con X Pop Culture, Science Fiction, and Horror Convention!

Ramada Conference Center Kansas City, 1601 North Universal Avenue, Kansas City, MO
September 22 - 10:00AM–3:00PM

Sid Korpi (Leigh/Administrator Ripley) will appear at Goldzilla 2012, the Golden Retriever Fun Fair and Walk for Rescue. Proceeds from their fund-raising walk will go to support RAGOM, Rescue a Golden of Minnesota.

Island Lake Regional Park, I-694 & Victoria Avenue, Shoreview, MN
September 22 - 7:00, $5.00

The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild presents the Western Wisconsin premiere of "House of Ghosts" at the Grand Little Theatre in Eau Claire!

The Grand Little Theatre, 102 West Grand Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
September 22 - 8:00PM

James Norgard (Arthur, Dr. Gabriel) will appear on stage as an extra in the Minnesota Opera's production of Verdi's "Nabucco" at the Ordway Center in downtown St. Paul.

For tickets and schedule, go to
September 28-30

The official horror host of the Mihmiverse, Dr. Ivan Cryptosis, will be appearing at Crypticon, Minnesota's premiere horror convention. Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and other stars of the Mihmiverse may even stop by!

Double Tree by Hilton, 7800 Normandale Boulevard, Bloomington, 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 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 by 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 27

Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) appears in the 20% Theatre Company production of "The Rover."

Check out the company's website for more information!

Keep track of all of Sid Korpi's (Leigh/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:
James Norgard (Dr. Gabriel/Arthur) appears as "Phil" in the apocalyptic thriller "After The Dawn," written, produced and directed by Minnesota-based filmmakers Mitchell A. Jones and Nicole Kruex. The DVD releases September 25 and will be available through Netflix, Blockbuster, Redbox, Amazon and Wal-Mart stores, among others. For more information, visit
Come out and see J. Andrew Wilkins (The Medium) as Captain Jonas Fairweather in the Mermaid Cove at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival! The festival continues weekends through the end of September!

"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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