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Principal photography of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's next film, "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter," has reached the halfway point!
As production chugs along, the title creature was revealed in full for an exclusive look at Dread Central. However, since we are the official newsletter of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, we've been given permission to reprint the image!
Pictured to the left, you can clearly see the Mihmiverse's master monster-maker Mitch Gonzales has come up with something truly frightening!
According to Mr. Gonzales, his original ideas and sketches had the monster looking far more bug-like. However, he was finding himself dissatisfied with the results. There was much discussion between he and writer/director Christopher R. Mihm about which direction to go.
Finally, Mr. Gonzales realized what was "wrong" with his approach up to that point: he needed to see more of the "man" coming through. Much like the Wolf Man from the classic Universal monster film, there was a touch of humanity behind the make-up, and it was with that in mind he created the amazing look of the Weresquito seen here!
Michael Kaiser, the man often referred to as the "Mihmiverse-monster-of-all-trades," has played almost every single monster since "The Monster of Phantom Lake"and this year will be no exception!
Douglas Sidney (Barney Collins from "The Wall People" half of "The Late Night Double Feature") will be playing John Baker, the human version of the Weresquito.
Barring any major production delays, "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter" will premiere in late September 2016!
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has created a NEW podcast
and he wants YOU
to check it out and determine if you want to hear more!
The project is called The Phantom Lake Almanac
and is written and recorded as if it were a community radio show one might hear from within the ficitional universe of Mr. Mihm's films. The Phantom Lake Almanac
is what you get when you mix "A Prairie Home Companion
," "Welcome to Nightvale
" and the Mihmiverse!
Here's a short description of the pilot episode:
Welcome once again to the Phantom Lake Almanac
, a broadcast dedicated to the Phantom Lake community...and YOU
. This episode
promises to be chock full of relevant information, human interest and excitement you can't find anywhere else on your radio dial!
In our top story, we mark the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of the Phantom Lake Four by releasing the results of our own in-depth investigation. Also included: the news in brief, the weather and farm reports, a haunting short story written by Alex Shvartsman entitled "Spidersong
," a song from the Matthew Elam band, a visit from local clairvoyant, Enid the Enigmatic, another trivia question of the day and a random letter from the public!
Listen in and catch up on what's happening in Phantom Lake County...or risk eternal doooooom!
To download an .mp3 of the episode, click HERE
, visit archive.org
where the file is stored or download it for free from iTunes
If you like what you hear, we want to know about it! Once you've listened, visit the SaintEuphoria.com contact page
and let us know what you think!
What an amazing night!
If you weren't present at the 10th anniversary screening of "The Monster of Phantom Lake," you missed out on something truly special!
The event began with pizza, soda, cookies and marshmallow Rice Krispie treats and was followed by a screening of the first Mihmiverse film in 3D! Afterwards, attendees competed in several activities including "The Monster of Phantom Lake" trivia (the winner of which took home a nifty "basement Jesus" painting), a "Dear God, NO!" contest judged by James Norgard (Dr. Gabriel), a rousing game of "Fling-the-Frog" in which participants had to throw rubber frogs into a not-particularly-large bowl while facing AWAY from their target, AND a very aggressive game of musical chairs!
All things considered, the event served as a fitting tribute to a movie that spawned an entire cinematic universe!
"The Monster of Phantom Lake" 10th Anniversary Edition DVDs are NOW AVAILABLE! In addition to both 2D and red/cyan 3D versions of the film, this special edition contains some new special features never before available on DVD, including film introductions by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and the NEW official horror host of the Mihmiverse, Dr. Bob Tesla of Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob!
Visit the DVDs section of the SaintEuphoria.com merchandise page to order your copy TODAY!
You only have until April 10th to vote for "Danny Johnson Saves The World" to win a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award!
Since 2002, the Rondos have been fandom's only true classic horror award. They are decided by fans, for fans. Every Rondo nominee is being recognized for a significant achievement in the genre during the year of 2015. Voting is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and is done through email.
To vote, first click HERE to view the full ballot. Next, copy the ballot, paste it into an email, pick your choices ("Danny Johnson Saves The World" is in section 7 of the ballot under Best Independent Film), and send it along with your name to firstname.lastname@example.org.
That's it! AND, don't forget to pass this information on to EVERYONE YOU KNOW! We need as many people as humanly possible to make this happen!
This is the fifth Mihmiverse film to be nominated for this prestigious award after "Terror from Beneath the Earth," "Attack of the Moon Zombies," "House of Ghosts" and "The Giant Spider." Of the previous Mihmiverse nominees, "House of Ghosts" was the only winner!
In writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's next film, "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter," horrific Nazi experiments have left a surviving WWII soldier with a terrifying condition: at the sight of fresh blood, he transforms into a man-sized, blood-sucking killer insect! Refusing to let his affliction destroy him and all he loves, he instead commits himself to using his "powers" for goodby finding the people responsible and bringing them to justice!
Following the overwhelming success of previous contribution programs for writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's past films, contributor credits are NOW AVAILABLE for the latest!
For each $25.00 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, a customized, frame-able document certifying their participation in the program and a choice of one (1) copy of the finished film (format of your choice) OR one (1) collector's ticket to the film's world premiere!
Additional copies of the film and/or premiere tickets may also be pre-ordered as "add-ons" ($10 each) with the purchase of at least one credit. ALSO, for every contribution received, all members of the official Mihmiverse fan club will receive an exclusive "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter" teaser poster!
Contributor credits can even be given as gifts!
If you'd like to contribute to "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter," visit the contributor page at SaintEuphoria.com by clicking HERE!
*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.
THE MIHMIVERSE MONTHLY AUDIOCAST
The latest episode of the Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast
This month, host writer/director Christopher R. Mihm catches us up on the current state of production of his next film, "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter
," discusses a fun idea he has regarding his NEXT
movie, reminds listeners to check out the Phantom Lake Almanac
and, finally, reads some more Amazon.com reviews of "The Giant Spider
Also included: another "bad" joke from Dr. Bob Tesla of Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob
and a dramatic reading of "Incident on the Road
," the fourteenth chapter in the "Canoe Cops Vs. The Mummy
" serial written by Stephen D. Sullivan
! (Support the Canoe Cops stories via Mr. Sullivan's Patreon at CushingHorrors.com
To download an .mp3 of the audiocast, click HERE
, visit archive.org
where the file is stored or download it free from iTunes
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!
CLASSIC MOVIE OF THE MONTH
The Green Slime (1968)
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku
, starring Robert Horton
, Richard Jaeckel
and Luciana Paluzzi
It is the future and a giant asteroid is heading straight for Earth! A group of daring astronauts land on the asteroid's surface, plant explosives, destroy the giant space rock and save the planet. BUT
, this part of the story is not the focus of "The Green Slime
." The film truly begins when the crew returns to the "Gamma 3" space station in orbit around Earth. One of the astronauts accidentally brings a green slime-like substance back to the station. Without warning, the gunk mutates into a humungous, cycloptic, multitentacled creature that has the ability to generate lethal amounts of electricity. Using science-fiction-ish laser weaponry, the crew of the station fights off the creature but, unfortunately, the alien monster feeds off the energy and uses it to replicate by creating new versions of itself from its own blood. Not surprisingly, the creatures quickly take over, and the crew must fight to the last man to stop the alien horde from making its way to Earth! YES
, the plot sounds like a million sci-fi clichés and, admittedly, the film is more or less filled with them. However, it has a very distinct look and feel brought about by the fact that it was produced by MGM but shot in Japan at the Toei company studios and directed by a Japanese director best known for working on samurai and yakuza films! This gives "The Green Slime
" a truly unique flair all its own. The movie is a bit on the violent side by comparison to other classic sci-fi films, BUT
, as a release from the late '60s, this isn't entirely surprising. The story is exciting, the special effects are superb (particularly the creature designs), and the story is as ludicrously entertaining as it sounds. Highly recommendedthough it may scare some of the younger audience members!
Christopher R. Mihm
"The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!" will not be the first "horror" musical ever written, but it will definitely be one of the best! Below are some clues to other "horror" musicals. Name them if you dare!
1. In the original ending of this 1960 Roger Corman film (featuring Jack Nicholson) that inspired a stage musical, (which then inspired a film of the musical), everyone on Earth was eaten alive.
2. This 1962 film starred Jason Evens as Dr. Bill Cortner, who saves his decapitated wife's head after a traffic accident and goes looking for a body to reattach it. The musical version premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2011.
3. 1975: Dammit, Janet! Let's Do the Time Warp Again! But not so fast...the musical premiered 2 years BEFORE the film in 1973!
4. This 2003 musical was based on a series of 3 films from the 1980s...all directed by Sam Raimi...all featuring Bruce Campbell...and all involving an ancient Sumerian text called the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis.
5. This film was made and remade several times, including 1925, 1943, 1962 and 2004. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber turned it into a musical in 1986.
6. Stephen King wrote the book...which was adapted into the film...which was adapted into the musical in 1988. Unfortunately, it closed after 16 previews and 5 performancesmaking it one of the most expensive flops in Broadway history. The good news: it was revived in 2012 and has been playing on and off ever since.
Bonus Question: This film was also made and remade several times, including 1932, 1941 and 1972. The musical premiered in 1991 and features the song "This is the Moment." (NOTE: "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical's" Joel Breed, who will be playing Professor Jackson, played the title role(s) in a recent production in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.)
Scroll to the bottom of the Mihmiverse Monthly for the answers.
FROM THE MIHMIVERSE TEST KITCHENS
Ursula's To-Die-For Guac
Looking for a fabulous fresh dip or tasty taco topping? Here's an easy and fresh guacamole recipe I've been making for my taco-lovin' brood!
3 ripe avocados
1 Roma tomato, finely diced
1/2 small onion, chopped
The juice of 1/2 small lime
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
Peel, pit and scoop out the avocados. Smash in a bowl. Add lime juice, garlic, onion and tomatoes. Stir until completely mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with tortilla chips or tacos.
My family of hungry monsters can't get enough of this dip and usually end up fighting over it! We give it 5 out of 5 "Evolutoscopic Spectronolizers."
April 16-17, 2016
- starts at noon
Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob
will be holding a 24-hour marathon of all of the films of writer/director Christopher R. Mihmand showing them in "in-universe chronological" order! All films will include "RetroAudio" so you will be able to experience them like you've never seen them before!
Mihmiverse and Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob
merchandise (including exclusives!) will be on sale and a silent auction for RARE
memorablia will take place!
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and a handful of recognizable Mihmiverse faces will be in attendance alongside unique "Mihm-orablia"including actual MONSTERS
from the films!Tickets
are $25 presale/$30 at the door and everyone who gets one will receive a swag bag with exclusive items! Click HERE
to order your advance tickets NOW!Gateway Film Center
, 1550 North High Street, Columbus, OH
April 20, 2016
Join writer/director Christopher R. Mihm as he personally presents a special double-feature of "The Giant Spider
" and "The Wall People
Safe and fun for kids of all ages! DVDs, posters and other merchandise will be on sale at the event!
for tickets!The Historic Balboa Theatre
, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA
May 6, 2016
Saint Euphoria Pictures partners with SuperMonster市City
to bring you a special screening of "The Monster of Phantom Lake
" (in 3D
!) as part of the Friday Nite Film Festival
at the Big Thrill Factory
in Minnetonka, MN!
The Friday Nite Film Festival
, a weekly film series taking place every Friday in May, celebrates monsters, superheroes and villians. Four Big Thrill nights of fun films in four unique formats: 3D, 16 millimeter, 8 millimeter and digital! Each night will also include vendor tables, expert panels and a vintage toy exhibit from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s! Admission includes all-you-can-eat pizza or pasta, soda, dessert and a card to play games in the arcade!Advance tickets
are now on sale HERE
!Big Thrill Factory
, 17585 Highway 7, Minnetonka, MN
Congratulations to Rachel Grubb for winning the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Short Film at Film Fest International
in London. As you can see from the photo (right), she was even there to receive her trophy in person!
As most of you already know, Ms. Grubb has been a part of the Mihmiverse since the beginning and is best known for her portrayals of Amy in "The Monster of Phantom Lake
" and Hagra in "Cave Women on Mars
After far too long an absence, Ms. Grubb will finally be returning to the Mihmiverse to play the lead female role of Leisl Schmidt in "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter
, Ms. Grubb is confirmed to be attending the big 24-hour Mihmithon
hosted by Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob
in Columbus, OH on April 16th!
Shannon McDonough's (Julie Ann Saint Marie/Zita Marczak) band, Shannon Mac and Her Motley Monsters are playing all over the Twin Cities area! Put on your swinging shoes and come out for some rockabilly, rhythm and blues!
Full calendar, details and more available at www.shannonmac.com
. More dates added all the time, so check back often!
Director Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards), composer/lyricist Adam Boll and the cast and orchestra of "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!" will be spending the first half of April putting finishing touches on the cast recording. Should everything work out just right, the album will be available on opening night of the play this coming July!
"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
," "House of Ghosts
," "The Giant Spider
," "The Late Night Double Feature
" and "Danny Johnson Saves The World
" DVDs 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. "Little Shop of Horrors," 2. "The Brain that Wouldn't Die," 3. "The Rocky Horror Show," 4. "Evil DeadThe Musical," 5. "Phantom of the Opera," 6. "CarrieThe Musical," BONUS: "Jekyll & Hyde"
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