Happy New Year!
Since the early days of this newsletter (all the way back to when it was known as The Phantom Lake Almanac), the first newsletter of every year has contained a look back at all the significant events that shaped the Mihmiverse in the previous twelve months. We continue this tradition with a look back at 2013...
With what has become a trend, January 2013 was a quiet month with one significant event toward the end: writer/director Christopher R. Mihm finished his "first-draft" edit of "The Giant Spider."
In February, the official trailer for "The Giant Spider" was released on Valentine's Day and advance tickets to the premiere went on sale exactly one week later. Shortly thereafter, "House of Ghosts" was nominated for a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award in the "Best Independent Film" category.
Just ten days into March (only seventeen days after advance tickets went on sale), the world premiere of "The Giant Spider" sold out completely. In response, a "premiere overflow" screening at the Trylon Microcinema was scheduled for the following day. In addition, the official poster design and a set of lobby cards for "The Giant Spider" were revealed and copies of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" and "House of Ghosts" on DVD were in short supply.
April turned into a BIG month for the Mihmiverse. The month began with another prank: the reveal of a false synopsis for the "next" Mihmiverse film entitled "The Maniac," a half-sequel to "Destination: Outer Space" that would find writer/director Christopher R. Mihm playing 13 roles. To extend the joke even further, a false contributor page was set up that revealed the truth when folks attempted to donate to the production. Four days later, the REAL title of the next Mihimverse film was revealed: "The Late Night Double Feature," a double-bill of shorter films to include "Reform School Girls vs. the Space Monster" and "The Wall People."
On April 9th, it was revealed that "House of Ghosts" won the Rondo award for which it was nominated! April also saw the completion of the authoring process of the "The Giant Spider" DVD and the release of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" lobby cards.
May became the month of "The Giant Spider" when the film premiered at the Heights Theatre and was very well-received by an enthusiastic crowd of Mihmivites and newcomers. Several well-attended screenings followed and the Phantom Lake Paddle Girls patch collectible was made available.
Several positive reviews of "The Giant Spider" appeared in June and, for the first time ever, two Mihmiverse films, "The Giant Spider" and "House of Ghosts" were released on Blu-ray.
"The Late Night Double Feature" underwent a big change in July when, due to writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's dissatisfaction with the finished script, the "Reform School Girls vs. the Space Monster" half of the film was replaced with "X: The Fiend from Beyond Space." Also in July: a good number of Mihmiverse-related events were added to the schedule, the first set for "The Late Night Double Feature" was erected and the fabled "Star Wars" Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast episode was released.
Principal photography of the "X: The Fiend from Beyond Space" half of "The Late Night Double Feature" began in early August and continued in earnest throughout the month.
Only a week into September, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm released a statement regarding the exact date of the world premiere of "The Late Night Double Feature," specifically that it would take place a month earlier AND on a Saturday! Toward the end of the month, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm saw his face on a billboard for the first time (promoting the 2013 Edgerton Book and Film Festival at which he was a featured guest) and it was announced that frequent contributor Peter Flynn would be providing custom "electronic tonalities" for "The Wall People" half of "The Late Night Double Feature!"
In October, "The Giant Spider" scored a "hat trick" at the third annual Highway 61 Film Festival by scoring first place in the "Action/Horror Feature" category, the third Mihmiverse film in as many years to do so. After a grueling month of screenings and events, and in spite of the ongoing production of the next film, a scene from "The Wall People" was posted on YouTube for Halloweenbut purposely disappeared after only 24 hours!
Supplies of Mihmiverse DVDs, specifically "Cave Women on Mars" and "Destination: Outer Space," began to run critically low near the beginning of Novemberboth titles have since sold out! After being introduced in "The Giant Spider," Uncle John's Burger Dogs became a reality! Made from the finest farm-raised beef and pork by Center Cut Meats in Albertville, MN, Uncle John's Burger Dogs were made available to the general public!
Finally, as the holidays approached and the 'verse quieted down, it was announced that Team Ineka became the first official Iditarod dog sled team of of Mihmiverse (donate here!) and, most importantly, principal photography on "The Late Night Double Feature" was finally completeand all was right with the world!
With the new year upon us, we look forward to an amazing year full of excitement."The Late Night Double Feature" is on track for its April release. Screenings, events and appearances are already being added to the calendar and lots of fun things are being plotted and planned for you, friends and fans! With so many fantastic things coming up, we wish you the happiest of new years and hope to see you all at some pointand meet some new folks along the way!
A new collectible has arrived!
Become a part of the All for George Productions / Saint Euphoria Pictures "team" with this limited-edition baseball cap!
This high-quality, one-size-fits-all (velcro adjustable) hat comes in "chocolate" with "stone" accents and includes the official company logo embroidered on the front! Each hat costs $19.99 plus $3.00 shipping and handling.
Supplies are EXTREMELY limited (we literally only have TWO left) so DON'T WAIT!
Order yours TODAY!
As seen in the Mihmiverse fan-favorite film, "The Giant Spider," Uncle John's Burger Dogs are the tastiest "collectibles" to come out of the Mihmiverse since... EVER!
Based on a recipe created by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and brought to you by TCR, LLC and Center Cut Meats, these one-of-a-kind, meaty masterpieces are perfect for any meal!
Made from the finest farm-raised beef and pork, Uncle John's Burger Dogs are not only unique and incredibly delicious, they harken back to the nostalgic "drive-in days" of the 1950s and '60s captured so well in the films of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm.
Best of all? They're now available by MAIL ORDER in packs of eight! Center Cut Meats has the ability to ship them DIRECT TO YOUR DOOR. All Uncle John's Burger Dogs are vacuum sealed, frozen and shipped in special containers that will keep them that way for up to three days, thus making it possible to ship them to anywhere within the contiguous United States without the need for dry ice!
To order, visit the Uncle John's Burger Dog website at unclejohnsburgerdog.com and click the ORDER BURGER DOGS link!
SPECIAL DEAL! For a limited time, when you order three packages of Uncle John's Burger Dogs, you AUTOMATICALLY get a fourth package FREE!
The latest episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast is now available for download!
The Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast Holiday Spectacular 2013 has arrived!
Hosts Rhuby 'n' Hater make merry by welcoming a crowd of revelers to their palatial estate including writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, first lady of the Mihmiverse Stephanie Mihm, monster-maker Mitch Gonzales, the first-ever Mihmiverse intern Shane "The Angry Leprechaun" Donahue, Tori Fox (Eleanor), Paul Hansen, monster-of-all-trades Michael Kaiser, Kira Pontiff (young paddle girl), Warren Porter (farmer with flashlight), James Norgard (Dr. Gabriel) and Maggie Schultz (Dr. Deering)! Good times are had by everyone in attendance (some more than most)!
Alcohol! Uncommon Christmas carols! Entertaining stories of holidays past! A Christmas reading by James Norgard! AND, a heartfelt message directly from Christopher R. Mihm to you!
Click to download part 1 Click to download part 2 Click to download part 3
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:
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for other columns, OR if you're interested in writing one, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you think!
- The Trivia Corner
Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) uses the skills learned when he was the coordinator of AOL's Trivia Channel to bring you trivia with a Mihmiverse twist!
- 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!
|Now through January 12th, Mike Cook (Dr. Edwards/Harlan/Gustav) will be appearing as 3 different characters in "A Carol of a Christmas" at the Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre in Eau Claire, WI.|
|On January 7th at 7:30PM, Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) will be playing Olivia in "Unrehearsed Shakespeare's Twelfth Night on Twelfth Night" at the Justin's in Chicago (3358 North Southport Avenue). To stay up-to-date on all things Deanne McDonald, visit her website!|
|On January 11th, Catherine Hansen (Mary/Yureena Null) will be performing in "24:00:00 Xtreme Theatre Smackdown" with Theatre Unbound at the Women's Club in Minneapolis, MN.|
|In February, Ware Carlton-Ford (Joe) and Catherine Hansen (Mary/Yureena Null) will be performing in "A Kind of Love Story" at Old Arizona in Minneapolis, MN|
|Mr. Zero's Hit List 2013|
Here's what the greatest music/video game/movie/toy/memorabilia shop in Minnesota is looking to buy FROM YOU!
MUSIC: Vinyl Record LP & CD
Zappa, Neil Young, Yardbirds, Tom Waits, Stevie Ray Vaughn, T-Rex, Talking Heads, Smiths, Rush, Replacements, Ramones, Pink Floyd, Graham Parsons, New Order, Metallica, Megadeth, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, Kinks, Joy Division, Iron Maiden Kiss, Jimi Hendrix, Gypsy, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Dio, Cure, Costello, Clash, Bowie, Black Sabbath & Beatles, '60s R&B, '60s Blues & Jazz, '70s Reggae, '70s Punk, '80s Metal, '80s Technics & Sony Turntables
N64: Super Mario, Pokemon, Diddy Kong, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Kirby, Golden Eye, Perfect Dark, Star Fox, Zelda, Killer Instinct Gold.
SNES: Crono Trigger, Earthbound, Final Fantasy, Megaman X, Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Metroid, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Kirby, Rock 'N' Roll Racing
NES: Contra, Mike Tyson's Punch Out, Techmo Super Bowl, Bubble Bobble, Excitebike, Dr. Mario, Zelda, Metal Gear, Bucky O'Hare, RBI Baseball
GENESIS: Boogerman, ToeJam & Earl, Earthworm Jim, Vectorman, NHL '94, Phantasy Star IV, Shinobi III, Castlevania
PLAYSTATION: Final Fantasy VII, Soul Reaver, Suikoden, Oddworld, Silent Hill, Twisted Metal, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider
AND NeoGeo, TurboGrafx, Virtual Boy, Jaguar, Lynx, Sega Master System, 3DO, Gameboy Micro, & Pippin.
MOVIES: DVD & VHS
Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Scarface, Godfather, Dark Knight, Good Will Hunting, Reservoir Dogs, Evil Dead, Apocalypse Now, Big Lebowski, Good-fellas, Detroit Rock City, Jaws, Dr. Who, James Bond, Friday The 13th, Donnie Darko, Nightmare On Elm Street, Warriors, Let It Be, Princess Bride, Blade Runner, Shawshank Redemption, Fight Club, Exorcist, V for Vendetta, Wrath of Khan, Casino, 2 Lane Black Top, Forrest Gump, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, Good, Bad & Ugly, Little Mermaid, Rocky, Lord of the Rings, High Fidelity, Empire Records, KISS Meets The Phantom, Decline Of Western Civilization #2, Harold & Maude, Karate Kid, Pride & Prejudice, Song Remains The Same, Anne of Green Gables, RAD, Godzilla, Heartburn.
TOYS: Transformers, '80s GI-Joes, He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Planet Of The Apes, '70s KISS, '60s Marx Soldiers, Mego Dolls & Doctor Who.
MEMORABILIA: Shirts, Posters, Etc.
Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Twisted Sister, KISS, Beatles, Monkees, Bob Dylan, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Van Halen, Elvis, Marilyn, Johnny Cash, '60s Psychedelic, '80s New Wave, '80s WWF.