One month out from the premiere of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's latest film "House of Ghosts," the Mihmiverse has been a busy, busy place!
Speaking of "House of Ghosts," the film has been receiving tons of positive feedback and a handful of truly great reviews. So great, in fact, one of them included one of the most FANTASTIC compliments ever received regarding Mr. Mihm and his movies. The following quote was taken from a review by Rick (RJDiogenes) Hutchins that originally appeared on the TrekBBS:
"...[Mihm's films] are done for pocket money, but look like they cost the mortgage and are far more entertaining than studio efforts that cost hundred of millions. They are like homemade cookies. They're just better than store bought."
Also from the "exciting review department," author and freelance writer Tom Fowler has started up a summer-long project of watching and reviewing the films of Christopher R. Mihm. Calling it the "Summer Reading Festival," Mr. Fowler has posted reviews of the first four films of the Mihmiverse and will continue throughout the coming months, with the "festival" culminating in an article about the Mihmiverse (and its creator) to appear in Scary Monsters magazine! Visit Mr. Fowler's website to read his latest additions to the series!
To read the latest reviews of "House of Ghosts" (and all of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films), visit the SaintEuphoria.com press page!
A new collectible plush monster is now available: the angel of death from the newest Mihmiverse film, "House of Ghosts!"
Joining the already available (and cuddly) moon zombie, Phantom Lake monster, mutant bat, and alien Ge'off, this adorable angel of death plush (pictured at left) was designed and is handmade in "era-appropriate black-and-white" by artist Brenda Fulmer!
These unique collectibles are available for $20 (plus $5.35 shipping and handling) each or as a set of five for $65 (plus $15.45 shipping and handling) a savings of over $45! How can you say no to cute little faces like theirs?
Visit the collectibles section of the merchandise page to purchase yours TODAY!
Lastly, the Mihmiverse recently found its way to Butler, PA, to attend Monster Bash, the classic monster movie celebration!
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast host and actor Mark Haider (General Castle/Dr. Haterov/Nok), exective producer Ryan Fox and podcast constant Tori Fox attended the event. They sold DVDs, met classic film celebrities like Julie Adams ("Creature from the Black Lagoon") and Bert I. Gordon (director of "Earth vs. The Spider"), and spread Mihmiverse cheer to all convention attendees!
Also, a moon zombie was spotted hanging out with horror host (and Mihmiverse friend) Dr. Bob Tesla of Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob, the Columbus, Ohio screening series that that has been showing all seven of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films in order of release!
Check out the photo for proof!
Justen Overlander's (Ray/Sheriff Elliott/Jonathan) "The Bequeather" is moving along "full-force."
"It's never easy making a movie on weekends and weeknights over the span of a few months," Overlander says, "But, as most Mihmiverse folks understand, that's the nature of low-budget filmmaking."
In this still-shot from the movie, we see Daniel R. Sjerven (Captain Frehley/Stan Johnson/Lt. Elliott) playing a character named Chris Armim.
"Any representation of any persons, living or non-living, is purely coincidental," Overlander laughs.
Donations are still being accepted to help fund the family-friendly, "Young Frankenstein"-inspired farce. Click here or contact email@example.com to help.
The full set of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films is now ON SALE! For only $49.99 (+$9.99 shipping & handling), you get all seven Mihmiverse films on DVD! You'll save more than $27 and that, by far, is the BEST DEAL around!
The set includes: "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," and "House of Ghosts!"
Visit the SaintEuphoria.com merchandise page to order OR click the Add to Cart button above to order RIGHT NOW!
The newest episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast is now available for download!
Hosts Rhuby 'n' Hater hang out with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and his faithful assistant Victoria Flox (Tori Fox) and interview the new "Monster King" of the Mihmiverse, Mitch Gonzales. Mitch is the über-talented artist behind the design and creation of the moon zombies and the Angel of Death! (as seen in "House of Ghosts")
Also included: "It Was... Fun," the newest bad poem from writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, the latest episode of "Commander Lambent: Space Explorer... in Space!" and the grand finale of the Phantom Lake Monsters/Harriet Island Beavers World Series game!
Part 1 (full version) Part 2 (full version) Part 3 (full version) Rhuby Edit
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!
- Monster Hits!
Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) gives us a historical (and hysterical) perspective on some of the original "popular music" created for the schlocky drive-in films of the 1950s and '60s!
- Puzzlin' with Sid
Another puzzle created just for the Mihmiverse Monthly by super-actress and wordsmith Sid Korpi!
- From the Mihmiverse Test Kitchens
Best known as Rosemary from "Terror from Beneath the Earth," Stephanie Mihm will share her favorite recipes that are sure to satisfy any monster-sized appetite!
Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
Directed by William Castle
Starring Guy Rolfe, Ronald Lewis, and Audrey Dalton
"Mr. Sardonicus" is another of William Castle's "gimmick pictures" (alongside such classics as "The Tingler" and "House on Haunted Hill"). This Victorian-era set film tells the tale of Marek Toleslawski, a man from humble beginnings whose father dies and is buried with a winning lottery ticket in his pocket. Unable to let the possibility of riches go, the young Marek digs up his father's grave. However, upon seeing his deceased father's decaying face, the sheer terror felt by Marek freezes his own facial muscles into a horrific, contorted grin. With the prize money, Marek buys himself a castle, title, and new identity: that of Baron Sardonicus, a name chosen in reference to a "sardonic smile," a term used for victims of tetanus. Driven mad by his own distorted features, Baron Sardonicus wears a mask to hide his appearance and cruelly experiments on young women hoping to cure his deformity. The true story begins when Baron Sardonicus' wife contacts her long-lost love, a doctor specializing in 19th-century plastic surgery, and asks him to come to the castle to use his expertise to cure the Baron. He agrees, and in short order, is thrust into a spine-tingling and macabre story about an obsessed man who will stop at nothingeven mutilation and murderto regain his normal looks. In my opinion, "Mr. Sardonicus" is one of William Castle's better films. He does a magnificent job of creating a gothic atmosphere of dread and all the actors, particularly Oskar Homolka as Baron Sardonicus' right-hand-man and enforcer Krull, provide top-notch performances. The movie is quite dark and extremely entertaining. Also, the gimmick for the film involved giving the audience glow-in-the-dark "punishment cards" that gave moviegoers the "ability" to decide Baron Sardonicus' ultimate fate. According to William Castle, two endings were filmed but only one was ever shown as audiences always chose the ending that saw Mr. Sardonicus "getting his just desserts." To date, footage of the "alternate ending" has never been located because, most likely, only one was ever filmed. I highly recommend this film!
Christopher R. Mihm
Since so many fans and supporters have contributed and become associate producers, we wanted to take time to highlight some of these wonderful people! Thus, every month between now and the release of "The Giant Spider," we will randomly choose and interview one of them.
This month, we interview Krishna Wells!
Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
I'm a bass guitarist with a band whose name is yet to be revealed, freelance marketing consultant, animator, kiteboarder, cat lover, and a Wellness Crusader/Challenge Promoter for Visalus Sciences (www.krishnawells.myvi.net). Through the Body by Vi Challenge and industry-leading products, ViSalus promotes health transformation and provides the means, education, and support to make good health a priority for all.
When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
In 2008, Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati ("House of Ghosts" lighting designer) introduced me to the Films of Christopher R. Mihm films by showing me the humorous guitar/campfire scene in "The Monster of Phantom Lake." Later that year, I attended my first premiere at the Heights Theatre and I was hooked!
Which of the seven released films is your favorite and why?
Every year, the movies keep getting better. Obviously, this means my favorite is the latest film: "House of Ghosts." It's quite scary and fun to watch!
You recently became an associate producer of "The Giant Spider." Why?
My mother passed away from cancer in February of this year. She was a big fan and supporter of performance artists where she lived in Illinois. To memorialize her, I'm doing two things: (1) helping people to improve their health and move their lives forward in a positive direction, and (2) providing financial support to people who bring fun and laughter to others' lives. I love these films and look forward to enjoying "The Giant Spider" as much as I've enjoyed writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films of the past.
After a few months of dining on the cheese manufactured by American International Pictures during their "horror/beach party/musical/comedy" period from 19641967, I thought it would be good to clear the palate by trying some "queso blanco y negro." (That's "black and white cheese"in Spanish).
|Here are two rock & roll "non-hits" from the film:|
"To Have and to Hold" by The Distant Cousins
(doing a very good impression of
Enlish duo of Chad and Jeremy).
"That's the Way It's Got to Be" by The Poets
(sounding a lot like The Animals)
In 1965, Allied Artists distributed a film made in Puerto Rico entitled, "Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster."* It had everything the "drive-in demographic" supposedly loved: an exotic, tropical locale with lots of scantily-clad teens, rock 'n' roll music, space aliens, and monsters. What the film didn't have was a budget ($60,000), any "name" actors or any hit songs." And regardless of the title, it didn't have Frankenstein, either.
Mr. Mihm covered the plot in quite a bit more detail in February's newsletter, but here are the basics: An "astro-robot" named Frank saves the day when Martian forces kidnap scantily-clad Earth females from sock hops and beach partiesapparently for reproductive services.
Once movie-goers discovered that Frank wasn't really Frankenstein, Allied Artists attempted some damage control by renaming the film several times. New titles included "Mars Invades Puerto Rico," "Duel of the Space Monsters," and "Operation San Juan." Unfortunately, it didn't really matter what the title was, the movie was, well, queso blanco y negro!
* "Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster" was the Classic Movie of the Month in the February 2012 issue of The Mihmiverse Monthly!
Each letter in the sentence below has been consistently substituted for another letter. (For instance, to get you started, every A below stands for an F in the puzzle's Mihmiverse-related solution sentence.)
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ULOMK, JEKMILJD FLBPK FMJ EBV SJLVT EA VDQEVK: KGLQLUGNGMK.
Scroll to the bottom of the Mihmiverse Monthly for the solution.
Zucchini is usually not one of my favorite veggies, but recently I have found some delicious recipes that are changing my mind. Below is a recipe that's perfect as a fast snack, appetizer, or side dish!
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup egg substitute
- 1/2 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1-1/2 teaspoons taco seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 3 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
- 1/4 cup fat-free ranch salad dressing
- 1/4 cup salsa
In a shallow bowl, combine buttermilk and egg substitute. In another shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, cheese, taco seasoning and garlic salt. Dip zucchini first in buttermilk mixture then bread crumb mixture.
Place on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 2025 minutes or until golden brown, turning once.
In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, ranch dressing and salsa. Serve with zucchini.
Yield: 10 servings (3/4 cup sauce).
1/3 cup zucchini with about 1 tablespoon sauce equals 67 calories. My little monsters didn't even know they were eating their vegetables. 5 out of 5 "screeches" for this tasty dish.
You can find this recipe (and many more like it) and its corresponding nutrition information on the Taste of Home website!
|Tuesday Nights - 9:00PM|
Andy Wilkins (The Medium) hosts a trivia night at the Green Mill in Eagan, Minnesota!
Green Mill, 1940 Rahncliff Road, Eagan, MN
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and a revolving door of Mihmiverse stars and "behind-the-scenesters" will be selling DVDs at CONvergence 2012! CONvergence is a convention for fans of science fiction and fantasy in all media. CONvergence was launched in 1999 and has grown to be the largest convention of its kind in Minnesota and beyond!
DoubleTree by Hilton, 3900 American Boulevard West, Bloomington, MN
|July 13 - 8:00PM|
Friday Fright Night presents a special FREE "Friday the 13th" screening of "House of Ghosts" at the Time Community Theater in Oshkosh!
Time Community Theater, 445 North Main Street, Oshkosh, WI
|Starting July 13|
Come see Josh Craig (Professor Jackson) as the man behind the curtain in Woodbury Community Theatre's production of "The Wizard Of Oz!" Follow the yellow brick road and relive all the classic moments and historic songs you know and love! Opening night is July 13 and the show runs for two weekends!
Visit the Woodbury Community Theatre website for location and ticket information!
|July 14 - 11:30PM|
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will be in attendance to present "Attack of the Moon Zombies" alongside host Dr. Bob Tesla at the July edition of Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob at the Grandview Theatre!
First 10 people in the door will get a free "Attack of the Moon Zombies" movie poster! The poster is FREE and so is admission!
Grandview Theatre, 1247 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, OH
All seven of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films will screen at Con 9 from Outer Space, a non profit, fan-run convention happening in Melbourne, Australia, devoted to the golden age of science fiction film, television and comics.
Check the event's website for location and admission information and screening times!
|August 5 - 11:00AM5:00PM|
Sid Korpi (Leigh/Administrator Ripley) will be appearing at the Can Do Canines' Woofaroo, an event celebrating International Assistance Dog Week.
Can Do Canines, 9440 Science Center Drive, New Hope, MN
|August 10-12 & 17-19|
J. Andrew Wilkins (The Medium) will be directing a production of "The Odd Couple" at the Lakeville Area Arts Center.
Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville, MN
|August 16 - 9:30PM|
"House of Ghosts" screens FOR FREE at the Lake 5 Theatre for a very special edition of Edwood Grimm's Thursday Night Fright, a bi-monthly event that features classic horror films like 1956's "The Mole People," 1960's "The Time Machine," and 1955's "This Island Earth!"
Lake 5 Theatre, 1480 South Lake Street, Forest Lake, MN
Sid Korpi (Leigh/Administrator Ripley) will be appearing at Dog Days Westonka, a fun filled pet-centered festival in the heart of Mound, MN!
Visit the event's website for location and a full schedule of events!
|Keep track of all of Sid Korpi's (Leigh/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.|
|Check out this commercial for Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery on YouTube starring Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth). Also, make sure to visit her website for the latest updates and news!|
"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," and "House of Ghosts" DVDs are now available at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm.
In addition, exclusive movie posters, patches, collectibles and other merchandise are now in stock. Everything is available in extremely limited quantities, so get yours today before they run out!
Puzzlin' with Sid solution:
FAMOUS AFTER SURVIVING THE TERROR-FILLED CAVES, ROSEMARY HAWKS HER OWN BRAND OF NYLONS: STALACTITES.
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