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As of the publication date of this newsletter, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has finished editing his first-ever holiday special and will spend the next few weeks tweaking it to make sure it's EXACTLY where he wants it to be for its release in November!

Because the special is done, it is officially your LAST CHANCE to contribute to the project and get a name added to the end credits! And, given that this is a HOLIDAY SPECIAL which will be coming out just in time for the forthcoming holiday season, there is no better gift you could give your loved ones than their name in the end credits of a movie!

If you'd like to contribute to this project and get your name (or your spouse's, child's, dog's, cat's, puppet alien friend's, etc.) in the end credits, fill out the form below or go HERE! Though the film will be debuting digitally, DVDs & Blu-Rays will also be released the day and date of the premiere, thus greatly simplifying your holiday shopping!

"The Mihmiverse Holiday Special"
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With the holiday special wrapping up within weeks, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has turned his attention squarely onto his NEXT film, "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended," the third film in the wholly-unplanned (but extremely-fun-to-make) Phantom Lake Kids trilogy!

Principal photography was SUPPOSED TO be finished in mid-July but, extreme heat in the upper Midwest has forced the production to shuffle some shooting dates into August. Everyone involved with the production agreed it was the right decision, because no one wants to see the Mihmiverse's "monster of all trades," Michael Kaiser, overcome by heat exhaustion while toiling away inside a stuffy monster costume—which isn't EXACTLY a spoiler that he'll be in one, but a hint of what's in store for this new movie! Luckily, very little of the script remains to be shot, including one scene using the main cast, one needing only two actors, and a handful of special effects!

Since the film isn't slated to come out before Spring 2022, a slight delay in the completion of principal photography isn't something worth fretting about—particularly given the fact that NO Mihmiverse film has ever wrapped on or before its original, scheduled end date! In fact, a little extra leeway is "built into the system," because delays are an expected part of the process, especially when a script (like this one) takes place almost entirely outside! Needless to say, everyone involved is excited by how things are turning out and cannot wait to share this BIG Phantom Lake Kids adventure with the fans!

In the meantime, to keep YOU jazzed about this new project, we've been given the following still from one of the film's finished scenes. In it we see a very frightened Billy Blue (Caleb Frank) being menaced by a decidedly oversized, bug-like creature! Considering how well writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's last "big bug" movie, "The Giant Spider," was received, bringing a little gigantic insect action into the Phantom Lake Kids realm seems like a recipe for something extra special!

Barring anything truly catastrophic, principal photography of "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day the Earth Abruptly Almost Ended" will be complete at some point before the end of August, just in time for the actors to return to school in the fall!


In "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day The Earth Abruptly Almost Ended," Phantom Lake County is shaken by inexplicable earthquakes emanating from a local system of caves and being overrun by grossly mutated creatures of unusual size—a phenomenon which may point to the return of a long-since-forgotten menace! Thankfully, the Phantom Lake Kids (Danny & Evelyn Johnson and their friends Billy Blue, Butch, and Chip) are "on the job" and determined to solve the real mystery: what's the deal with Butch's magic hat?

As has been reiterated many, many times, the Mihmiverse is only made possible by contributions from fans like you. 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!

IMPORTANT! Physical media copies of the finished film are NOT automatically included with a basic contribution. If you would like to be guaranteed a DVD or Blu-Ray of the film when it is released, you MUST order it separately (with the purchase of at least one credit)!

Credits can even be given as gifts! Imagine the looks on the faces of your loved ones when they find out their names will be immortalized on the silver screen!

"The Phantom Lake Kids in The Day The Earth Abruptly Almost Ended"
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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 IMDb and on-screen credits and will be allowed certain privileges of producership, including free, exclusive merchandise and other perks (TBD).
Executive producers will earn IMDb 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.


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 September 3rd, 2021!

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Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will soon be a guest at the Colorado Festival of Horror and, in anticipation of his appearance, he was interviewed on the latest episode of COFOH Live & Undead! To check out the informative interview, watch below!

The latest episode of the Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast has arrived!

This month, host writer/director Christopher R. Mihm discusses why human connection is more meaningful in person (and why the internet sucks), talks about his experiences at a recent screening of "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Unseen Invasion," and catches the audience up on the status of all the Mihmiverse projects currently in production!

Also included: The next installment in the new audiocast segment, "An Oral History of the Mihmiverse," a trio of jokes from Dr. Bob Tesla of Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob, and a return of Atomic Tales, a monthly short story from the author of "The Canoe Cops vs. The Mummy," Stephen D. Sullivan!

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 Christopher Young!

Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
I'm Christopher T. Young, longtime Mihmiverse fan from the DFW area of Texas, and I love finding weird and obscure monster movies! Naturally, the films of the Mihmiverse have found a home in my collection. I've got a strong preference for the classic monsters of the '50s and somewhat more contemporary horror of the '80s.

When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
I think I found my first Mihm film, "The Monster of Phantom Lake," around eight or nine years ago at a local used book/record/movie store called "Recycled Books and Records" off Denton Square. I had never heard of these films at the time and had initially thought that it was a one-and-done kind of production. I had no idea how wrong I was! A few years later, I attended a local horror convention called "Texas Frightmare" for the first time and was very pleasantly surprised to find a whole box filled with other Mihmiverse films at a clay sculpture booth, the owner of which I think may have already been a subject of a previous "Fan Focus!" About a year later, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm himself would come all the way down here to host a special anniversary screening of that first fateful film (courtesy of the late, great Michael Cross), and so I thought, "Huh, what are the odds of me ever getting to meet this filmmaker again?" Little did I know that he'd keep coming down here and I'd keep bumping into him!

If you had to pick just ONE, which of the Mihmiverse films would be your favorite? That's a tough question, though I definitely have a favorite three. While I personally think that "Guns of the Apocalypse" and "Demon with the Atomic Brain" are probably some of the best Mihmiverse films, I'm always finding myself drawn back to "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter." It's got such a goofy name and premise that I can't help but love it; not to mention one of the best performances thus far by Jim "Dear God No" Norgard.

Tell us how you, in particular, show your "Mihmiverse pride!"
I always love to tell people about these films and the stories behind how they're made to help spread the gospel of Saint Euphoria, admittedly with mixed success. Regardless, people still find it fascinating that this faux '50s style is still alive and well in this digital era.

Where would you like to see the Mihmiverse go in the future?
As much fun as the Phantom Lake Kids era of the Mihmiverse has been, I can't help but hanker for more of the grittier films like "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter," "Guns of the Apocalypse," and "Demon with the Atomic Brain." Though that's more due to my general preference for more serious horror films that even in this day and age can still be considered creepy or eerie. Also, I hope to see more stop-motion monsters used, though I know that's likely going to be tough to pull off.
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 notorious Mr. B-I-G!

Just 40 miles from Mukwanogo, the location of the real Phantom Lake, sits Kenosha, Wisconsin—the hometown of cheese master Bert I. Gordon. Bert will be turning 99 in a few weeks, and in his honor, we're looking at five of his best/worst horror and sci-fi films.

Your mission, as always: match a film from column "A" to the correct plot and casting notes in Column "B." Enjoy these slices of real Wisconsin cheese!

1. "The Beginning of the End" (1957)
2. "Tormented" (1960)
3. "Village of the Giants" (1965)
4. "Picture Mommy Dead" (1966)
5. "The Food of the Gods" (1976)

A. Don Ameche, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Bert's daughter Susan star in this story about a young girl who is released from an asylum only to suspect some nefarious family activities.
B. A scientist grows gigantic vegetables using radiation. They are promptly eaten by locusts that also become gigantic and attack Chicago. Peter Graves stars.
C. A love triangle, a lighthouse, a haunting, blackmail, death and Susan Gordon.
D. On an Island in British Columbia, giant chickens, rats, wasps and grubs are quickly taking over—and just when you think the problem is solved, dairy cows get into the mix...and kids drink the milk...
E. This one was based on a book by H.G. Wells, but if I reveal the plotline, the title will be obvious, so let me give you the impressive and eclectic cast list and see if you can figure it out from there: Ron Howard, Tommy Kirk, Beau Bridges, Toni Basil ("Hey Mickey!") Freddie "Boom Boom" Cannon and The Beau Brummels!
Scroll to the bottom of the Mihmiverse Monthly for the answers.
— Mike Cook
The Screaming Skull (1958)
Directed by Alex Nicol
Starring John Hudson, Peggy Webber, and Russ Conway

This independent Z-grade film from the late '50s begins with a narrator exclaiming that should anyone watching the film die of fright, they will be entitled to a free burial. It's a great William-Castle-esque gimmick to kick off the story and the "offer" is featured prominently on its very effective poster. Unfortunately, the final film is sorely lacking in REAL scares. In spite of that, it's not a completely terrible film! The basic story involves a man who, after losing his first wife in a tragic accident, remarries and brings his new wife to his late wife's sprawling (but woefully empty) country home. Early on, it's revealed that the gardener's developmentally-disabled son continues to live on the property and maintain the grounds. We find out that he grew up with the man's first wife and still intensely mourns her loss, but a whiff of mystery surrounds him... could he have been responsible for her death? An overwhelming sense of foreboding sadness hangs over the mansion and, when the husband finds himself having to travel for work, his new wife is tortured by visions of the skull of her betrothed's deceased prior spouse. Is it her ghost, or is she losing her mind? No one is quite sure! Though it's played (and marketed) as a horror film, it feels more like the director might have been going for something far more Hitchcockian, albeit with supernatural underpinnings. In the end, everything is revealed and, though the cast is sparsely populated—it is a very low-budget movie, after all—they do a fine job within the limitations of the budget. Overall, it's a fine film worthy of your time! The movie is now in the public domain, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find somewhere to watch it for free. Be aware though, because of its public domain status, it can be somewhat difficult to find a high-quality print!
— Christopher R. Mihm
If you're like most people these days, you tend to 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 Phantom Lake Kids in The Beast Walks Among Us," everything you need to "visit" the denizens of Phantom Lake County is available for your streaming pleasure!

Most of the films of the Mihmiverse are available on Amazon Video. Sadly, as Amazon continues to revise and rewrite its policies, they have—without notice—downgraded the entire Mihmiverse catalog from "available with Prime" to rental only. Though this wasn't entirely unexpected, given the way the service has been slowly ridding itself of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, we CANNOT guarantee that they will still be there on any given day! So, if Amazon is your preferred place to watch the Mihmiverse, enjoy it while it lasts!

UPDATE: As of the date of the publication of this newsletter, Amazon has (again, without explanation) barred writer/director Christopher R. Mihm from adding any new films to their service. As far as we have been able to figure out, the service is taking a more "curated" approach to its catalog and, unfortunately, does not have any more room for the cheesy goodness of the Mihmiverse!

Drive-in Monsters is the official Mihmiverse Roku channel and the place to find all the films of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm—in addition to a collection of special features curated by the man himself! 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!

As of right now, the service is free... but, that most likely will not last forever! So make sure to enjoy the Drive-in Monsters Roku channel while it's still completely free of charge!

Lastly, the ENTIRE filmography of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm (including the newest film, "The Phantom Lake Kids in The Beast Walks Among Us") is available through the Mihmiverse 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!
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-B, 2-C, 3-E, 4-A, 5-D

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