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THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Happy 2018!

Since the very first issue of the original Phantom Lake Almanac (which was the title of this newsletter before becoming the Mihmiverse Monthly in August 2011), the January edition has traditionally served to provide an in-depth look back at all the significant Mihmiverse-related events that happened during the previous year.

This month, in honor of such a long-held tradition, we celebrate the cool stuff that happened in the Mihmiverse during 2017!
JANUARY

2017 began with the announcement of the newest Mihmiverse faces being added to the cast of "Demon with the Atomic Brain," including Amanda R. Tietz (who first became associated with the 'verse through her portrayal of Stephanie in "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!") as Dr. Adams, Tyler Haines as Agar, Jeremy Frandrup as Sgt. Carlson, Brian Gibson as Dr. Denning, Addison Pennington as McCarthy and Michelle Makie as Iordanoglou's second wife.

Check out the photo below of the entire cast & crew! And, if you're wondering, the woman with the pink hair is hair-and-make-up-lady Sara Hammergren!

Also in January: "Attack of the Moon Zombies" screened at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, TX. The base set of the Monsters of the Mihmiverse trading cards was released toward the end of the month.

FEBRUARY

Principal photography of "Demon with the Atomic Brain" began at the beginning of February, with the first scenes involving Dr. Adams (Amanda R. Tietz), Agar (Tyler Haines) and Sgt. Carlson (Jeremy Frandrup) seemingly trapped in a small gray room (see photo below).

This scene was chosen specifically because the set could easily be built on top of the diner set used in "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter. Several other scenes involving the bulk of the main cast were shot later in the month.

Also in February: Authoring of the "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!" performance DVD was completed and SaintEuphoria.com began taking pre-orders. "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter" was nominated for a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award, the sixth Mihmiverse film to receive the honor. To date, "House of Ghosts" is the only Mihmiverse film to win.

MARCH

March began with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and crew filming a scene from "Demon with the Atomic Brain" in extremely cold winter weather in New Auburn, WI. Everyone involved survived the shoot and, it was later discovered, "Demon with the Atomic Brain" earned the distinction of being the first feature film to EVER be shot in New Auburn!

Also in March: The "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!" performance DVD was officially released on Monster Day (March 9th). Two days later, a special DVD release party was held in Eau Claire, WI and the first Monsters of the Mihmiverse rare card (A) was offered at the event. Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm was interviewed for Count Drahoon's Feature of Fright, appeared at All-Con in Addison, TX and EgoCon in Steven's Point, WI.
APRIL

Much to the chagrin of SEVERAL Mihmivites, the April Fool's Day announcement of "The Giant Spider: The Musical!" was met with severe disappointment. Nevertheless, April turned into the most intense month of prinicipal photography of "Demon with the Atomic Brain," with several stars (Stephanie Mihm, Catherine Hansen, Michelle Makie and Mike Cook) wrapping up their work.

Also in April: Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm hosted a screening of "Danny Johnson Saves The World" at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, TX and "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter" in Burlington, WI. The winners of the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards were announced...and "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter" was not one of them.
MAY
The most significant Mihmiverse-related events in the month of May coincided with the 10th anniversary of the release of "It Came From Another World!"

A set of lobby cards for the film was released and writer/director Christopher R. Mihm hosted a special 10th-anniversary screening with a live "Snark Track" provided by the official horror host of the Mihmiverse, Dr. Bob Tesla, and his crew of merry miscreants. AND, as evidenced by the photo below, a very SPECIAL guest attended the event: Josh Craig (AKA Professor Jackson) himself!

Also in May: Production of "Demon with the Atomic Brain" neared completion and writer/director Christopher R. Mihm appeared as a guest at the Famous Monster of Filmland convention in Dallas, TX. The second Monsters of the Mihmiverse rare card (B) was released.

JUNE

Just days into June, production wrapped on "Demon with the Atomic Brain!" The photo below shows a little behind-the-scenes fun from that day—and perhaps the real truth behind how actress Amanda R. Tietz (Dr. Adams) felt about working with Tyler Haines (Agar)! A wrap party was held at the end of the month at Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast hosts Mark Haider (General Castle) and Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati's (Gilliam) home in Roseville, MN.

The 2016 Mihmiverse Awards (which are colloquially known as the "Versies") nominees were announced and the winners revealed mid-month during episode 69 of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast.

Also in June: Writer/director Christopner R. Mihm, Mark Haider (General Castle), and Mihmiverse Master Monster-maker Mitch Gonzales met up with Steven D. Sullivan (author of "Canoe Cops vs. The Mummy"), Dr. Bob Tesla (official horror host of the Mihmiverse) and his lovely assistant, Nurse Feratu, Monster Movie Kid Richard Chamberlain (heard monthly on the Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast), and Derek M. Koch of Monster Kid Radio at the Monster Bash convention outside Pittsburgh, PA!

JULY

As summer rolled through the Mihmiverse, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm was hard at work editing "Demon with the Atomic Brain." Aside from a few screenings and events, not much else happened!
AUGUST

Despite most of August being just as quiet as July, the month ended with a BANG when writer/director Christopher R. Mihm signed off on the final edit of "Demon with the Atomic Brain." The film's trailer was released (check it out below) a few days later and racked up THOUSANDS of views on YouTube and Facebook!

Also in August: The official poster design for "Demon with the Atomic Brain" was revealed, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm appeared as a guest at InfiniCon in Addison, TX and the Mihmiverse returned to the Blue Moon Dine-in Theatre at the Minnesota State Fair!

SEPTEMBER

At the beginning of September, authoring of the "Demon with the Atomic Brain" DVD was completed (and was in the hands of the manufacturer shortly thereafter) just in time for advance tickets to the October 4th world premiere to go on sale! To promote the upcoming release, the film's star, Amanda R. Tietz (Dr. Adams), was featured in an article which appeared in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.

Also in September: Every set of Mihmiverse lobby cards was made available (for the last time!) and writer/director Christopher R. Mihm appeared on Monster Kid Radio to discuss his soon-to-be-released film.
OCTOBER

"Demon with the Atomic Brain" was officially released on October 4th at a nearly sold-out world premiere at the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights, MN! The film was recieved VERY WELL by everyone in attendance and continues to be listed as one of the BEST Mihmiverse films ever released! The third Monsters of the Mihmiverse rare card (C) was made available at this event.

The DVD was officially released the same day and is available for purchase RIGHT NOW!

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 and Esperanto subtitles and much more!

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Literally the DAY AFTER the film's world premiere, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm was on an airplane flying across the country to support the film by visiting the Lake Charles Film Festival in Louisiana and personally presenting a screening at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, TX.

Throughout the month, he (and other stars of the Mihmiverse) appeared at multiple sci-fi and horror conventions, showed the film at the Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt in Mukwonago, WI, and presented screenings at theaters across the country!


 

As is tradition, on the final day of October, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm revealed the title of his next film: "Guns of the Apocalypse!"


Described as a "post-apocalyptic-spaghetti-Midwestern," "Guns of the Apocalypse" follows a man with no name who is forced into a world of danger and bloodshed after he saves a scientist and a gifted child from a horde of radiation-scarred mutants. Though he would prefer to stay hidden until he can escape to a new life, something about the child—and the murderous "Death Dealers" hunting her—makes him realize he has no choice but to protect her or risk being responsible for the potential extinction of the human race!

You can now contribute to the production and see YOUR (or your loved one's) NAME on the big screen! 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, framable document certifying their participation in the program and one (1) copy of the finished film! Additional copies of the film and/or world premiere tickets may be pre-ordered as "add-ons" ($10 each) with the purchase of at least one credit.

Credits can even be given as gifts!

INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR CREDITS
QUANTITY
*CREDIT(S)
Separate credits by commas, & or "and." 
ADDITIONAL COPIES OF THE FILM
WORLD PREMIERE TICKETS

EXCLUSIVE CREDITS!

NOTE: If you purchase one of the following credits, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will contact you shortly after to discuss your purchase!

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER — $500
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 PRODUCER — $1000
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.
NOVEMBER

As the holiday season began, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm balanced guest appearances at several conventions and events with working deep into many nights to write the script for "Guns of the Apocalypse."

Also in November: Two separate Mihmiverse holiday ornaments were released, one in honor of the 12th film in 12 years ("Demon with the Atomic Brain") and one celebrating Steve from "Danny Johnson Saves The World," a "companion" to the "The Monster of Phantom Lake" ornament released in 2016.
DECEMBER

December crept in and brought extreme cold to writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's home state of Minnesota. According to Mr. Mihm, it's the perfect weather within which to "hibernate and write!" This must be true because, in addition to completing the script for "Guns of the Apocalypse," he started work on TWO MORE scripts, both of which he hopes to AT LEAST begin producing during calendar year 2018!

For more information about the exciting things coming to the Mihmiverse, make sure to listen to this month's episode of the Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast!
2018 is here and writer/director Christopher R. Mihm is primed and ready to take the Mihmiverse to the next level!

"Guns of the Apocalypse" has officially entered pre-production and filming should begin at some point (ideally) in February. Should everything work out, the film will be released near the end of the year. Screenings, events and appearances are already being added to the calendar and lots of fun things are being plotted and planned for you, our friends and fans! With so many fantastic things coming up, we wish you the happiest of new years!
THE MIHMIVERSE MONTHLY AUDIOCAST
The latest episode of the Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast has arrived!

This month, host writer/director Christopher R. Mihm discusses his big plans for the new year, including revisiting an idea that's been floating around the 'verse for years: "The Phantom Files," the Mihmiverse's answer to the "The Twilight Zone!"

Also included: Another "Pasta Primer" from Derek M. Koch of Monster Kid Radio, "The Kansas City Crypt" with Monster Movie Kid Rich Chamberlain, another "bad" joke from Dr. Bob Tesla of Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob and chapter ten of "For Your Ice Only," writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's ongoing 1960s-set serial starring international spy and world champion curler, Beef McCormick!

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!

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
January 21, 2018, $5.00
"The Giant Spider" returns to attack the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, TX for a special "bring-a-friend" screening!

Every person who attends the screening who has attended a previous Mihmiverse screening at the Alamo Drafthouse AND brings a friend who has never attended one will receive an exclusive FREE GIFT for them AND their friend! Join us—and bring a friend!

Alamo Drafthouse, 100 South Central Expressway #14, Richardson, TX
February 3, 2018
Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob moves to its new digs at the Drexel Theatre for the Columbus premiere of "Demon with the Atomic Brain!"

Drexel Theatre, 2254 East Main Street, Columbus, OH
February 23-25, 2018
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will be screening his films and selling Mihmiverse merchandise as a guest at VisionCon in Branson, MO!

Hilton Branson Convention Center, 200 Sycamore Street, Branson, MO
Don't live near one of the cities where 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?

Please contact us at info@sainteuphoria.com for more information. Depending on scheduling and distance, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and a monster or two may even make it to your event!

For a complete list of Mihmiverse-related events, visit (and bookmark) the SaintEuphoria.com events page!
CLASSIC MOVIE OF THE MONTH
The Cyclops (1957)
Directed by Bert I. Gordon
Starring James Craig and Gloria Talbott

When a test pilot goes missing over a Mexican jungle that also happens to be home to a very large deposit of uranium, his worried fiancée charters a small plane to search for him. Unfortunately, because of the area's previously unknown high radiation levels, their plane is forced down. Now stranded in a strange valley with her three companions (one of whom is only out for the lucrative minerals), the group makes a shocking discovery: the animals in this particular area have been grossly mutated into over-sized monsters! And, most surprising of all, the woman is abducted by a dinosaur-sized, one-eyed man! Her companions set out to rescue her from the horrible creature and B-movie hijinks ensue. "The Cyclops" was written and directed by Bert I. Gordon, a '50s sci-fi/horror filmmaker best known for making "giant creature" films like "Beginning of the End" (giant grasshoppers attack Chicago), "Earth vs. The Spider" (a giant spider wreaks havoc), and "Village of the Giants" (hipster '60s teens magically transformed into lumbering giants dance a lot and take over a small town). There were few 1950s-era filmmakers who knew how to do what Mr. Gordon could do so effectively, and, in my opinion, the world is better off because of his singular talents. Compared to some of his other classics, "The Cyclops" admittedly, wasn't his best effort, but it is certainly worth checking out. Personally, I like the film, and if you're a fan of 1950s creature features, you owe it to yourself to see it!
— Christopher R. Mihm
THE TRIVIA CORNER
Days of Future Past

To start off the new year, Here are 8 science fiction movies from the past...set in the future.

I've given you the release date, a quick plot synopsis and the year in which it is supposed to take place. All you have to do is guess the film title—if you can!

1. (1952) In a post-apocalyptic New York, 3 tribes of mutants battle each other to survive. The most recognizable name in the credits is William Schallert (later to play Patty's dad on the "Patty Duke Show"). (3000)

2. (1956) Astronauts returning from Mars enter a time warp and emerge into a post-apocalyptic version of Earth. Hugh Marlowe and Rod Taylor starred. (2508)

3. (1956) In this classic film, Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Neilsen and Robby the Robot star in a story about a planetary colony, a doctor and his daughter, a crew of astronauts and a hideous monster. (2381)

4. (1960) H.G. Wells (Rod Taylor) travels to the far distant future where he meets the Morlocks, Eloi...and Weena. (802,701)

5. (1960) A military test pilot enters a time warp and emerges in a future where a plague has sterilized the entire world's population. (2024)

6. (1966) In this version of the future, based on a story by Ray Bradbury and directed by Francois Truffaut, a fireman's duty is to burn books. (2050)

7. (1967) A scientific trio faces a funding cutoff if they can't get their time machine to work within 24 hours. They're successful...but have a difficult time returning to the present. (Carol Burnett Show regular Lyle Waggoner plays an alien.) (6968)

8. (1971) 21st century colonists move to the underwater city of Pacifica only to encounter problems with hostile alien forces. Irwin Allen directed an all-star cast that included Stuart Whitman, Whit Bissell, Richard Basehart, Joseph Cotten, James Darren, Edward G. Robinson...and boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson. (2053)
Scroll to the bottom of the Mihmiverse Monthly for the answers.
— Mike Cook
IMPORTANT MOMENTS IN SCIENCE with DR. BOB TESLA
Instead of a single important moment in science, I have twelve! Gather around Dr. Bob Tesla and I will give you the twelve most important moments in science for 2017!

January - NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released independent reports that demonstrated that 2016 was the hottest year on record. Almost a full degree centigrade (0.99„C or 1.78„F) above the global average! This beat out the two previous years making 2016, 2015 and 2014 the hottest years on record.

February - Astronomers announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting TRAPPIST-1. All of the planets may be in the habitable zone! TRAPPIST-1 is an ultra-cool dwarf star located about 40 light-years from Earth.

March - Dutch scientists reported they found a drug that can reverse aspects of aging in old mice by flushing out cells in the body that have stopped dividing. Human trials are planned.

April - Wax moth larvae were found to be able to biodegrade polyethylene, one of the most used plastics. They may be a way to solve the growing problem of plastic waste.

May - Harvard University reported that eating up to six one-ounce servings of chocolate every week could significantly decrease the risk of atrial fibrillation, a potentially fatal heart condition.

June - NASA reported that the Curiosity Mars rover found evidence of an ancient lake in Gale crater on Mars that could have been favorable for microbial life. The lake had many different types of microbe-friendly environments.

July - Queensland University of Technology announced the development of a genetically modified banana with higher levels of vitamin A. While genetically modifying food for some reasons is controversial, this case could improve the nutritional content of many povery-stricken areas.

August - Scientists break the record for coldest temperature! They were able to cool molecules to 50 millionths of a degree above absolute zero. (Otherwise known as a brisk winter day in Minnesota!)

September - NASA reported that the Curiosity Mars rover detected boron, an essential ingredient for life. This finding, along the discovery that water was present on ancient Mars, suggests the possible early habitability of Mars.

October - The Carnegie Institution for Science found that wind farms in the North Atlantic could provide sufficient energy to meet all of humanity's current needs during wintertime!

November - Elon Musk revealed Tesla's first electric and semi-autonomous truck. The Tesla Semi could help reduce the carbon emissions and fossil fuel consumption while increasing safety.

December - Carbon Engineering synthesized gasoline and diesel fuels with the use of carbon dioxide and water with its "Air to Fuels" technology. This could help with reducing both carbon dioxide in the air and extending our fossil fuel supply.

Here's to many more moments of SCIENCE in 2018!
THE MONSTER OF PHANTOM LAKE: THE MUSICAL!
Did you know that "The Monter of Phantom Lake: The Musical!" is now available to be performed by schools and theatre companies nationwide?!

We offer carefully prepared materials of similar (or higher) quality than what you would receive from one of the big Broadway theatrical licensing companies. However, our independent licensing model allows us offer individualized service catered to your organization. When you decide to license a show with us, the success of your production becomes our number-one priority! Heck, the authors might even fly out to see one of your shows!

Production packages include scripts, orchestra books, and conductor/accompanist scores (condensed and full score options), all professionally printed in a beautiful and clean format. We even include rehearsal backing tracks that fully match the music printed in the libretto and on the cast recording CD! This is a great option for productions where using a live orchestra isn't possible, for "black box" style theaters, or when your group doesn't have a rehearsal accompanist regularly available.

We also include free logos for use in your advertising materials, and we can offer personalized graphic design as well as transpositions of vocal and orchestra parts on demand. Visit monsterofphantomlake.com to hear songs from the show, learn more about the script, and request a quote, perusal script, or license agreement.
DID YOU KNOW?
"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," "Danny Johnson Saves The World," "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter," "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical," and "Demon with the Atomic Brain" 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. "Captive Women," 2. "World Without End," 3. "Forbidden Planet," 4. "The Time Machine," 5. "Beyond the Time Barrier," 6. "Fahrenheit 451," 7. "Journey to the Center of Time," 8. "City Beneath the Sea"

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