|| SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
Since the release of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" in 2006, the announcement of the NEXT Mihmiverse film has become an exciting summer traditionand this year is no exception!|
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has been hinting for some time at a slight departure from the "bad science-centric" films he's specialized in until now. If you've listened to the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast, you know the name "William Castle" has been thrown around. And now that we've read the title and synopsis of the next film, we can only quote Professor Jackson, who once said, "It all makes perfect sense!"
Without further ado, the seventh Mihmiverse will be...
|House of Ghosts|
In his first supernatural thriller, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm pays tribute to the works of the master of classic horror, William Castle! Rich socialites Isaac and Leigh have a tradition of throwing exclusive dinner parties that include unique (and expensive) forms of entertainment. This time, they've booked a spiritual medium who promises to "open a portal to the great beyond" and allow the couple's equally eccentric guests to contact the "afterworld." But, before he begins his presentation, the occultist offers a warning: once the door has been opened, no human being can anticipate or control what might come through. Regardless, the group collectively agrees to go forward, only to find itself greatly disappointed by the results... at first. Trapped in the couple's oversized house by a massive winter storm, the partygoers begin to experience unexplainable and increasingly frightening things. As these occurrences intensify, it becomes apparent that something evil is at work. Can the group survive the night, or will ignoring the medium's warning be the last thing they ever do?
After six sci-fi monster films, it'll be great to see not only how Mr. Mihm handles a film dealing with the supernatural, but how he ties it into the rest of the films in the series. A quick perusal of the new cast reveals at least one character that grounds this film firmly in the Mihmiverse: monster-of-all-trades Michael Kaiser is apparently set to reprise his role of "Deputy Hayes," a character last seen in the 2009 fan-favorite, "Terror from Beneath the Earth!" Since it was revealed in "Attack of the Moon Zombies" that Deputy Hayes had become sheriff at some point before the events on the lunar base, we can more or less safely assume the timeframe of "House of Ghosts" is similar to that of "Terror from Beneath the Earth" and "The Monster of Phantom Lake."
Upon even closer inspection of the new cast list, it reads like a "who's who" of Mihmiverse actorsall of whom appear to be playing new characters: Mike Cook (Dr. Edwards/Gustav), Justen Overlander (Sheriff Elliott/Jonathan), Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley), Anthony Kaczor (Dr. Phillips), Stephanie Mihm (The High Priestess/Rosemary/Index/Dr. Rutherford), James Norgard (Dr. Gabriel), Catherine Hansen (Yureena Null), Mark Haider (Dr. Haterov/Nok), Michael Kaiser (The Monster/The Bat/Deputy Hayes/Martian Slave/The Ojjo/A.D.A.M./Glen Hayes), and most intriguingly, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm is listed as playing "himself!"
A pair of Mihmiverse first-timers round out the cast with Mark Scanlan taking on the role of Isaac and Andrew (Andy) Wilkins playing the medium. Mitch Gonzales, the man responsible for the incredible moon zombie design, is back again and listed as handling "creature effects and make-up." Considering how cool and detailed the moon zombie creatures were, we can't wait to see what Mr. Gonzales has up his sleeve for this one!
We're told that the plan is to have "House of Ghosts" ready for spring 2012, thus keeping alive the six-years-long tradition of being able to see a new Mihmiverse film every year! We already can't wait!
ALSO, because of its tremendous past success, the associate producer program is back!
For a miniscule monetary investment, all associate producers will be entitled to have a name of their choosing listed in the closing credits of "House of Ghosts," five (5) copies of the finished film on DVD, a pair of individually-numbered collector's tickets to the premiere and a customized, frame-able document certifying their participation in the program. PLUS, you may be randomly chosen to be interviewed for this very newsletter!
If you missed out last time on this very cool program, now is your chance to jump on board and become a part of Mihmiverse history! Visit the merchandise page at SaintEuphoria.com to find out how!
|| CURRENT NEWS
Don't miss the "Moon Zombies" Revisited "dinner-and-a-movie" event scheduled for 7:00pm on July 14th at the New Hope Cinema Grill!|
Located in a suburb of Minneapolis, the New Hope Cinema Grill is a full-service restaurant with three showrooms, offering a variety of entertainmentincluding movies, live standup comedy, sporting events, and now... the films of Christopher R. Mihm! The New Hope Cinema Grill is also one of the few select establishments serving Surly beer on tap!
This screening of the newest (and best) Mihmiverse film is in the perfect setting for the whole family. For only $15 a ticket, you'll be treated to a screening of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" and a kid-friendly pizza/salad/pop buffet. PLUS, alcoholic beverages will be sold on-site to make the evening that much more enjoyable for the grown-ups. And if that weren't enough, Dr. Ivan Cryptosis (the official horror host of the Mihmiverse) will be there to add some extra fun, including trivia, games and giveaways. We're also counting on an appearance by the film's title monstersso don't forget your camera!
Family-friendly Mihmiverse B-movie excitement, dinner, fun and games, monsters, and beer! What more could one ask for in an affordable evening's entertainment!?
Advance tickets for this event are available and selling fast at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm!
Remember, the "Attack of the Moon Zombies" world premiere sold out the 400-seat Heights Theatre very quickly, and the New Hope Cinema Grill only seats 150! DO NOT HESITATE! Order your tickets TODAY or risk missing out AGAIN!
Don't live in the Twin Cities? Why not check with an independently owned theater near you about hosting a Mihm-movie-night event? If you can successfully book a screening of one or more Mihmiverse films in your area, you'll earn a $25 gift certificate to put toward any merchandise featured on the merchandise page at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm! Please contact us at email@example.com for more information on availability (and for help, if needed). Depending on scheduling and distance, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and a monster or two may even make it to your event!
The newest episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast is now available for download!
In this episode, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm reminisces about the ridiculously successful "Attack of the Moon Zombies" premiere and hosts Rhuby 'n' Hater interview Michael Kaiser, the man behind all the greatest Mihmiverse monsters!
Also included: "Oh, Tilapia," the newest bad poem from writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, a commercial for 'Shmallow Me brand marshmallows, and a new "Monster Word of the Day!"
Click here to download last month's episode
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 features exclusive news; interviews with the folks who make the Mihmiverse possible; shameless self-promotion; and original, recurring content! Scheduled to appear on the July episode is Sheriff Elliott himself, Justen Overlander! Justen, a talented filmmaker in his own right, can also be seen interviewing writer/director Christopher R. Mihm in the "Master of the Mihmiverse" featurette found on the "Attack of the Moon Zombies" DVD!
We've been warning you for more than a month, and here's proof we were serious. The cuddly Oculon and Ominai collectible Mihmiverse plushies have officially been "retired" and are no longer available. In their place, we've added a new MOON ZOMBIE that's every bit as adorably terrifying as the Monster, Bat, and Ge'off that still remain.
If you're interested in purchasing these fine handmade crafts created exclusively for the Mihmiverse by talented artist Brenda Fulmer, visit the collectibles section of the SaintEuphoria.com merchandise page!
Also, we've added a rare and very cool collectible to the merchandise page: the "Phantom Lake Monsters" baseball cap (pictured at right)! This high-quality, one-size-fits-all (velcro adjustable) twill hat comes in navy and includes the team's "Ph.L." logo embroidered on the front! This is the official hat of the fictional Mihmiverse major league baseball team, the "Phantom Lake Monsters," AND is a replica of the hat worn by "rocket jock" Captain Frehley in "Attack of the Moon Zombies!"
The hat retails for only $14.99 (plus $2.50 shipping and handling) and is available in EXTREMELY limited quantitiesthere are literally only THREE left! If you're a Mihmiverse completist, act NOW, because they WILL NOT LAST!
Have an idea for a Mihmiverse collectible AND the tenacity and talent to create it? Want to make a little pocket change selling your creation WITHOUT PAYING LICENSING FEES or sharing profits? If so, contact us to discuss the possibility of having your item featured here! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org right away, let us know what you have in mind, and we'll see if we can work out a deal!
Lastly, a large number of very positive reviews of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" have been released since the world premiere. Visit the press page to check them out! Also, we have been busy setting up a bunch of new Mihmiverse screenings and events, most of which have not been finalized as of this newsletter's publication. For all the latest information about screenings, events, goings-on, reviews, and general news, make sure to frequent SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm!
|| "BEHIND THE SLIDING DOOR" ONE MORE TIME
Mihmiverse super-fans Rob and Bob wrap up their journey by bringing you to the world premiere of "Attack of the Moon Zombies!" In addition, Rob and Bob go "all out" in sharing the secrets behind the origins of the moon zombies and the film itself with never-before-seen interviews with Christopher R. Mihm and creature designer and creator, Mitch Gonzales.
|| CLASSIC MOVIE OF THE MONTH
The Manster (1959)
Directed by George P. Breakston and Kenneth G. Crane
Starring Peter Dyneley, Jane Hylton and Tetsu Nakamura
In "The Manster" (also known as "The Split" and "The Two-Headed Monster"), an American journalist gets wrapped up in a Japanese scientist's morally questionable human-evolution experiments and slowly transforms into a hideous two-headed monster. His metamorphosis, however, doesn't happen all at once. Instead, the reporter first becomes a self-centered jerk who inexplicably cheats on his wife, treats everyone like crap, and starts killing strange women on the street. Then, in what has to be one of the coolest and creepiest moments in any classic B-movie, the full transformation begins as he and the audience are shocked to find a fully functional human eyeball sprouting from his shoulder! The eye eventually turns into another head, and the hideous mutant heads back toward the scientist's lair (on top of a volcano!) seeking revenge! This movie is far better than the synopsis would have you believe. Though it drags a little as you wait for the main character to change physically, the film is never dull and, in fact, is very well made from every angle. I would even go so far as to say it's one of the very best of the era. The film was a co-production between the United States and Japan and never really got the same reception or promotion as some other, better-known films. As such, sadly slipped under most people's radar. Luckily for monster movie fans, it is now considered public domain, which means this gem of classic horror is FREE to download from archive.org! As far as I'm concerned, "The Manster" is a "must-see!" Since it won't cost you a dime, what are you waiting for?
Christopher R. Mihm
|| CALENDAR OF EVENTS
|Now through August 6|
M. Scott Taulman (Sven) appears in the Old Log Theater production of the "The Reluctant Dragon."
Old Log Theater, 5185 Meadville Street, Greenwood, MN
|July 8th - 11:00pm|
"The Monster of Phantom Lake" screens at at the Sci-Fi Center in sunny Las Vegas!
The Sci Fi Center, 900 Karen Avenue, Suite D-202 (upstairs inside the Commercial Center), Las Vegas, NV
|July 14th - 7:00pm (Click here to purchase advance tickets)|
"Attack of the Moon Zombies" screens at a very special "dinner-and-a-movie" event at the New Hope Cinema Grill.
New Hope Cinema Grill, 2749 Winnetka Avenue North, New Hope, MN
Mitch Obrecht (B'kee) will be running an independent film festival for OSFest in Omaha, Nebraska. Among the films will be all six Mihmiverse films, three films from Brooke Lemke (Eina) and Rachel Grub (Hagra/Amy), two from Justen Overlander (Sheriff Elliott/Jonathan), one starring Shannon McDonough, and more!
Stop by www.osfes.org for details!
|July 22nd, 24th, & 30th|
Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) will be playing the Baker's Wife in "Into the Woods" through Cretin-Derham Hall's Summer Community Theater. The role has been double cast, so Ms. McDonald will ONLY be appearing on the dates listed.
Cretin-Derham Hall, 550 South Albert Street, St. Paul, MN
Catherine Hansen (Yureena Null) will be appearing in the play, "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom" for Brazen Theatre in the 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival.
Also, Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) will be playing multiple roles in Down in the Hole Productions' Minnesota Fringe Festival show, "Renny Decker: Rise and Fall of the Boat King."
Visit the festival's website for location, time, and admission information.
|August 6th - 11:00pm|
"Attack of the Moon Zombies" holds its Las Vegas premiere at a super-cool "Vegas Fright Night" event held at the Sci-Fi Center in sunny Las Vegas!
The Sci Fi Center, 900 Karen Avenue, Suite D-202 (upstairs inside the Commercial Center), Las Vegas, NV
|August 13th - 8:00am2:00pm|
Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) will be appearing at the Dog Days Westonka to promote her book, "Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss." This event will take place next to the trail along the new Auditors Road in Harbor District Park, with proceeds going to benefit WeCan in pet assistance aid. There will be a pet expo, educational seminars and demos, giveaways, contests and more!
Visit the Dog Days Westonka website for location information.
|| ONLINE, ETC.
|Justen Overlander (Sheriff Elliott/Jonathan) has released a highly entertaining video interview with "the man behind the monsters," Michael Kaiser. Check it out by visting Justen's Examiner.com page!|
|Keep track of all of Sid Korpi's (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: www.goodgriefpetloss.com.|
|| 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," and "Attack of the Moon Zombies" DVDs are now available at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm. In addition, "The Monster of Phantom Lake" Collector's Edition DVDs, exclusive movie posters, patches and other merchandise are now in stock. Everything is available in extremely limited quantities, so get yours today before they run out!|
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